Let me introduce myself!

My name is Jean-Michel Chabloz, I began my own business in harpsichord making back in 1996.
For at least four generations my ancestors were master chalet builders, carpenters and wood choppers. I was brought up to appreciate tradition, local artwork and got the love of fine craftsmanship, in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

At the age of twelve, I showed an aptitude for painting and had the privilege of being taught this skill for four years. At the end of my scholarship, I graduated as qualified cabinet maker.

After spending some time abroad, I met the well-known harpsichord maker Bruce Kennedy who, at that time, came from the US to my home village, Château-d’Oex in order to start his own business. Totally captivated by his work, I decided to move along with him to Amsterdam (1990) where I stayed for three years. During this time, I was trained on making & restoring many instruments.

Since returning to my home country end 1993, I set up my own workshop in 1996. At this same time, I met my wife Evelyne. Today, I am a happy father of two grown up girls and two boys.

I can say I am enthusiastic about each aspect of harpsichord making.
I personally choose the raw materials, especially the resonance wood for the soundboards. Building & establishing good relationships with foresters, sawmills and other people in the wood trade is important, in order to build up my own stock of wood.

I certainly use all my skills to lovingly create my instruments, right down to the final touch!

Jean-Michel Chabloz