Claas Harders - viola da gamba, lirone

the instruments I play built by Henner are a 7-string Colichon (based on a model from 1689), a copy of a Barak Norman from 1692, a treble viol (the first treble he made) and a Lira da gamba.

In fact I use the Colichon most of the time - I am playing it since 1994 - and the longer I use this instrument, the happier I feel to do so. The back and the ribs are made from cherry which gives it a marvellous sweetness especially on the top string without lacking a full but not brutal sound in the deeper registers.

Another thing I adore whenever coming back to the Colichon after having played on other instruments is the ideal shape of the neck.


Fretwork - viol consort

Fretwork with their Linarol viol consort
Fretwork with their Linarol viol consort

Fretwork plays on four renaissance viols based on a Fransesco Linarol viol from Henner Harders.

Listen to them on their CDs "Harmonice Musices Odhecaton", "Im Maien" and "Agricola: Chansons"

Erin Headley - lirone

Erin Headley’s new group Atalante is named in honour of Leonardo da Vinci’s friend and pupil Atalante Migliorotti, inventor of the lirone. That magic and ethereal bowed instrument has been Erin Headley’s domain for the past 30 years through an astonishing number of performances and recordings that have been acclaimed worldwide.


Erin plays on a Lirone made by me based on the Brensius instrument in Leipzig.


 "Henner's is the fourth lirone that I have owned over the past 20 years and it is definitely the most beautiful and flexible one that I have ever played; it easily responds to all variations of pressure and bowspeed, making the mesa di voce, the esclamazione, the pian piano and all other nuances effortless and three-dimensional. Especially unique to this instrument is its 'throaty' quality, as if it has a real voice, something that is essential for an instrument whose main role is to accompany singers."(Erin Headley)

Jörg Meder - viola da gamba, violone

Jörg is using two instruments made by me

- a 6-string bass viol after P. Maggini

- a Violone after Maggini

Laura Vaughan - viola da gamba

"Henner's large Colichon 7 string bass, made for me in 2007, is one of the loveliest viols that I have played, even including the original instruments that I have been lucky enough to use. The sound is warm, the instrument is extremely resonant, very responsive and carries very well also. It invites the player to make a beautiful sound, is beautiful to look and and is an instrument that I look forward to working with for many years to come."

Annalisa Pappano - viola da gamba + lirone

I have made a lirone for Annalisa

Markus Kuikka - lirone

Markus is a Finnish Cello and gamba player who I recently build for.


This is what he has to say about his instrument:


'The lirone Henner made for me is beautiful not only by looks but also by it’s sound. It is my first of a kind and very enjoyable to play. It transforms the atmosphere all of a sudden to something celestial. I am sure when heard the sound of lirone first time back in history it must have been a fantastic experience - it still is.'




Sophie English - cello

London based cellist.


Sophie's earliest memories are being surrounded by string instruments in her grandfather's (Dietrich Kessler) workshop. Today she has performed with artists including Sam Smith, Jess Glynne, Tom Odell, Aquilo, Rag'n'Bone Man, The Beach, Louisa Johnson and Jessie J. Alongside live performances and session work, Sophie also pursues her interest in orchestral playing with ensembles throughout London and the UK. Her projects have found coverage across international press and she has performed in locations around the world as far as Manly Beach, Australia.


Sophie plays a cello made by Susanne


Violworks - Henner Harders, Susanne Küster

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