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Ingars Rancevičs

Ingars Rancevičs Luthier
Contact
Latvian, Russian
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+371 29527697
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A 21st century luthier

  • • Ingars builds bowed string instruments
  • • He has invented a new musical instrument called the Ronda
  • • In his instruments, tradition and innovation unite

Ingars Rancevičs belongs to a profession that might sound ancient: he is a luthier. Contrary to mass production, Ingars still builds stringed instruments from wood by himself, feeling the material, improving every detail and devoting himself to each instrument. He was a child when he first considered this profession. After years of musical education, he found an expert in violin making with whom to train, and thus started his journey as a luthier. But he is an innovator in every sense; he does not only build different types of bowed string instruments, he constantly researches new ways to improve the instruments and their sound. He is even developing brand new types of string instruments.

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Works

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  • © Karlina Ranceviča
  • © Laura Saukāne
  • © Ieva Saukāne
Photo: © Ingars Rancevičs
Viola no. 3

This handmade concert viola plays both a soft and strong sound. The back base tone is D; the top base tone is C. The top arching is quite high and the back is quite flat. This combination gives the instrument both a modern and antique sound. Viola no. 3 was built to order for a customer from Norway.

Length 41.2 cm

Ingars Rancevičs Luthier
Photo: © Karlina Ranceviča
Cello no.1

This concert cello plays both a soft and strong sound. The back base tone is C and the top base tone is H. The cello was presented at the exhibition Building Musical Instruments in Latvia in 2018.

Length 75.5 cm

Ingars Rancevičs Luthier
Photo: © Laura Saukāne
Folkrock electric violin

This five-string electric violin was made by Ingars Rancevičs, designed by Laura Saukane, and the electronics made by Nikolajs Savinovs. The body is designed as an acoustic violin, only with a smaller area. Thus, the electric sound is very close to the natural sound of the violin. The violin was presented at the exhibition Building Musical Instruments in Latvia in 2018.

Length 35.6 cm

Ingars Rancevičs Luthier
Photo: © Ieva Saukāne
Violin no. 16, Ronda

This concert violin plays a soft and strong sound. The back base tone is G and the top base tone is F. The top arching is quite high and the back is quite flat. This combination gives the instrument both a modern and antique sound. It was built to order for a customer in the US and based on a new musical instrument, the Ronda, invented in November 2016 by Ingars Rancevičs and Artūrs Punte.

Length 35.6 cm

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