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Eugénie Degan was born in southern France and studied music from an early age.  She graduated as a Baroque cellist from the Paris Schola Cantorum in 1999 having studied with the renowned cellist Erwan Faure and became a Bachelor of Music at the Paris Conservatoire in 2000.  After some years playing in symphony and chamber orchestras as well as teaching the cello, Eugénie changed direction and enrolled in a course to become a violin maker at the London Metropolitan University, where she graduated in 2005 with Distinction.  She continued her training in different well known London workshops such as those of J.P.Guivier and F. Leonhard, then she continued her repair and restoration apprenticeship for a further 3 years with Peter Ratcliff in his Brighton workshop.  Thanks to her work and experience in Brighton she was able to become a Queen Elizabeth Trust Scholar in July 2007 following a full restoration project on a 1670 violin from Thomas Urquhart of London. Eugénie continues her work as a violin maker, and when time allows, still enjoys playing freelance in some of the countries orchestras and as a soloist.