Dietrich Kessler

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KESSLER, Dietrich Born 1929 Zurich Switzerland, d.2006 London UK. Trained at the Swiss Violin Making School at Brienz under Adolf König. Worked for Arnold Dolmetsch Ltd. in Haslemere, UK, later moving to Albert Arnold Ltd. in Charing Cross Road with Cyril Jacklin until that business closed in 1955. From 1955 to 1969 he worked freelance for the Withers shop in Wardour Street, London, succeeding to Stanley Withers on his retirement. In 1987 he sold the shop (which continued with the Withers name under Adam Whone) and worked from his home in North London. From an early period specialised in viol making, building a commemorative viol for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II 1953. At Withers kep

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