Alexander Švýcarský

was born on August 28th, 1973 in Mladá Boleslav.

After finishing school, he attended the violinmaker school in Luby by Cheb (1988 - 1991).

He gained his first professional experience from his distant relative Josef Vávra, of the famous violinmaker family.
A year later he accepted the internship offer of Vladimír and TomᚠPilař, staying with them from 1993 to 1994. At their shop he built an instrument which won the second place in the Prague Competition.
He regularly consulted with Přemysl Špidlen between 1998 and 1999.

In 1999 he became a member of the Association of Czech Violinmakers (Kruh umělců houslařů).
In the same year he left for London where he worked under Florian Leonhard, one of the most famous European restorers. In his shop Alexander Švýcarský restored valuable Italian instruments, and made copies of them as well.

Since his return in 2001 he works in his own Prague shop. His own singular style is influenced by the mentality of and admiration for the old Italian masters. His work is appreciated by many leading artists, for example the outstanding violinist Josef Suk, the violist Petr Verner of the "Vlach Quartet," the cellist Pavel Verner of the "Apollon Quartet", the violist Vladimír Kroupa of the "Epoque Quartet" and many others.