In order to preserve the authenticity and character of the artworks that are entrusted to him, Nicolas grounds his work in two crucial pillars:
maximising the conservation of original parts (wood, varnish)
ensuring that his work of restoration is reversible
Multiple Stradivarius owners have entrusted Nicolas due to his extraordinary experience, which grants him the necessary perspective and practice to operate accurate and meticulous restorations.
Inappropriate or excessive restorations have often spoilt the personality of instruments.
That is why every new project begins with an in-depth study of the instrument before any intervention, to examine various solutions with the musicians.
Always open to the many opportunities offered by new technologies and in a constant effort to actualise the profession, Nicolas seeks to apply any new concept with tact and rigour.
His interventions are always as discreet as possible while conserving original characteristics: a unique patina, distinctive sound capacities, the spirit of the maker.
"The anxiety of the musician reunited with his instrument after an intervention is always an intensely emotional moment. Beyond the hesitation of the first notes, the reunion is heartwarming and the complicity is soon reestablished. I love sharing this intimacy. It is one of the greatest pleasures offered by this profession."
The aesthetic success is indeed but one criteria, as the instrument must also recover all its sound qualities. Fine-tuning thus intervenes to finalise the restoration.