René A. Morel
Until his passing in 2011, René A. Morel worked in collaboration with Tarisio, offering his renowned sound adjustment service to his longstanding clientele. Considered one of the finest restorers and adjusters of the 20th century, he was luthier, confidant and friend to customers and colleagues across the globe. The list of great musicians who entrusted René Morel with their instruments and their ‘sound’ is long, including Mischa Elman, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Pablo Casals, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Midori, Sarah Chang and many others.
It was with great sadness that his death was announced on November 16, 2011. Born in Mattaincourt, France, René began his career in violin making at the age of 12 in nearby Mirecourt, where he worked for the firms of Dieudonne and Bonnél. He moved to New York City in 1955 and began work at the Rembert Wurlitzer firm under the tutelage of Simone Sacconi. He later partnered with Jacques Français in 1964, a partnership that would last until 1994 when René opened his own firm, René A. Morel Rare Violins, dealing and restoring fine instruments.
In 2008 he began his collaboration with Tarisio. This collaboration lives on through Stefan Valcuha, who spent ten years working alongside René and carries on the tradition both at the bench and in the adjustment room where René worked for over 30 years.