Fascinated by sculpture and architecture, Thomas Meuwissen initially took an art course, where his love of materials and craftsmanship gradually took shape. After preparatory violin making studies in Belgium, he was accepted at the renowned 'Newark School of Violin Making' in England. In the years following his graduation he perfected his skills in the workshops of Premysl Spidlen in Prague and Fréderique Chaudière in Montpellier, among others.
Since 1987 Thomas has been working exclusively on the production of fine violins, violas and cellos, including exact copies of old Italian masters. His many years of experience as violin maker and interest in acoustics, enable him to consistently produce instruments of the highest quality as well as to make effective adjustments to the sound of client’s instruments.
From his base in Brussels, Thomas has over the years built up an international clientele and his instruments are played by soloists including Igor Oistrakh, Vadim Repin and Maria Kliegel. His work was awarded at the most important international violin making competitions and his instruments are held in several private and public collections: Royal Conservatory Brussels (BE), Conservatorium van Amsterdam (NL), Beckett Collection (UK), Muziekinstrumentenfonds (NL), Dextra Musica (NOR).
Thomas is regularly asked to give commentary on radio and television. For The Queen Elizabeth Competition for violin, he gave exhaustive television commentary on the instruments played by the finalists.
Thomas Meuwissen is elected member of the ‘Entente Internationale des maîtres luthiers et archetiers d’art’.