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About Thierry André -
 by André Brunet

Thierry André (b.1973) is an artist, father of a young family, and professional luthier based in St-Jean-Port-Joli Qc.

He built his first acoustic guitar at age 19 while attending the École-Atelier Lutherie-Guitare Bruand, an institution that I founded in 1975.

By establishing his first workshop in the Cosmopolitan city of Montreal in 1998, Thierry naturally came into contact with instruments from all over the world.  


Photo : Anne-Marie Amyot

-His study of these old-world instruments will have connected him with the very source of traditional instrument-making. Experimenting himself the -root- of his craft, building numerous simple and rudimentary -lute- prototypes, invited him to see and hear the guitar from a renewed and fresh perspective:


Working with different materials,, shapes and ergonomics, this experience led him to further develop his own expressive language as a guitar-maker.

Guitare-fruit w/sitar
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Guitare-Fruit - folk
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Thierry André at work-workshop image for Andre Instruments
Following a key internship with Santa Cruz, CA luthier Fred Carlson, he began to produce a singular body of works — remarkable at each stage of its creative process, from conception to execution — that now stands out as a highlight of contemporary guitar making, both in Canada and internationally :
Sakura-acoustic guitar-Thierry Andre Instruments
-André's artistic approach is both creative and technically rigorous. It meets the many acoustic criteria required by the profession of luthier, while exploring the formal and sound expressions of the guitar in a new light.