I was born in Budapest, Hungary in a musician family. Since my early childhood I had played the cello and through this activity I developed an interest in musical instruments.
After my visit of violinmaker Gabor Kilyenfalvi’s workshop in Sankt Pölten in 2007, I decided to apply to the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy’s violinmaker school. During my studies I specialised in double bass making and restorations and I completed my professional apprenticeship at the Barnabass workshop of master Barnabás Rácz.
In order to further expand my professional and artistic horizon in double bass making and restoration on a global scale, I worked first in Australia at Benedict Puglisi’s workshop, then at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s luthier in the Musikverein.
In 2011, I established my own double bass maker and restorer workshop in Budapest. Since then I
have made and restored double basses to a wide range of clientele all around the world, including
the USA, Canada, China, Japan, Australia and most countries in Europe.
Today, I am an instructor master of the Ferenc Liszt Academy’s violinmaker school. I regularly attend events and exhibitions of double basses and I also give presentations about the most interesting restoration works that I have made.
During my work, whether it is building a completely new double bass, a major restoration work or
just a smaller repair, I always maintain close contact with my clients so as to ensure that my work is always carried out as per their expectations and to their absolute satisfaction.

Domonkos Gellért