About Jane

Jane Julier’s experience in viol making spans more than 30 years. Her career continues to flourish and her viols are in great demand worldwide. Her passion for making viols has remained throughout her career as well as her persistence in understanding the complex and beautiful sound of the viol.

Jane Julier studied and trained as a Jeweller and Silversmith at Loughborough Art College. Whilst at College, she met, for the first time, a viol, which was stored away in the cupboard of the Music Department. Fascinated by its beauty and sound, she learned to play the viol and by the time she graduated from Art School in 1978, she knew that she wanted to pursue viol making as a career.

Following that, she worked at John Nicholson’s organ building workshop and started to research and study the Art of Viol making.

Combining her skills as an artist and musician, she quickly developed her unique style in the sonority and aesthetic qualities of her instruments.

Bending and construction 5 Viol body on benchJane workshop 2017 216 Attaching front to back IMG_2152 (2) cutting a bridge

Jane Julier’s workshop is in the heart of the Blackdown Hills in Devon. In recent years, following postural problems, she decided to train in the Alexander Technique and graduated as a teacher in 2010. This has been a very fortunate outcome as it has prolonged her viol making career as well as adding a new dimension in her creativity as a viol maker.

For more information see janejulieralexandertechnique.co.uk