Gordan Nicolitch, former concertmaster London Philharmonic, director Nederlands Kamerorkest
It is a pleasure to recommend warmly the very fine violin maker Erik Buys. His deep knowledge of the refined art of lutherie is second to non and every inspired string player looking for a fine instrument should have a look at his work. The combination of a refined harmony of elements and a strong sound projection is a rare quality that I could experience in trying his instruments.
Eliot Lawson, Concert violinist, Professor at the Amsterdam, Mons, Minho University and Portogruado Academy
I was absolutely astonished the first time I tried EriK Buys violins about 2 years ago in Antwerp, Belgium. I had heard a lot of him and was in fact in his shop because of a small problem I experienced with my violin. While Erik was working on my instrument I tried 2 of his violins. Beautiful and generous sound, well balanced and crafted, easy to play on and last but not least beautiful to watch are all characteristics that his violins possess. Whenever I visit Erik, I never miss a chance to try Eric’s new violins whom continue to amaze me.
Solenne Païdassi, Concertmaster Belgian National Orchestra
"Thanks for letting me try your wonderful new violin! Very powerful sound and nice sound even all the way up on the G string (we tested it in Tzigane!), I am looking forward to seeing you again very soon!"
Usha Kapoor, solist, professor violin Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
"I was very excited to be able to play on Erik Buys' violins. The most profound aspect of his instruments is that they maintain a beautifully balanced tone quality across all four strings and are therefore easy to play. His 2019 violin responded extremely well to fast passage-work and was easy to coax a powerful sound from, while his violin from 2020 not only projected gracefully, but had a colorful tone palette as well. I would highly recommend Erik's violins to other musicians."
Gary Hoffman, cellist
Prof. Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel Brussels
Erik Buys is an outstanding cello luthier, I have seen and played two of his recent instruments and he most definitely has a feel for the basic character and requirements of our instrument of choice. I can wholeheartedly recommend his instruments as a most viable solution is the quest of a cello combining aesthetic and acoustical beauty as well as satisfying playing qualities.".
Soloïst Sofia Philharmonic, Prof. Folkwang University
"I am strongly suprised by the intelligence of Erik Buys' work.
I consider him as one of the most advanced violinmakers today."".
Prof. Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel Brussels
"I have known several of the cellos built by Erik Buys in the last years. He is an excellent violinmaker and his instruments excel in sound quality. Several of my students have bought his instruments since and hopefully more will follow"
Prof. Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Ensemble Explorations
"What I like about Erik's instruments, is the generous sound, their immediate response and clear timbre. When you are faced with a various repertoire it is important that your instrument combines these characteristics...
Ens. Conservatoire Royale de Bruxelles
"Une révélation que d'essayer le violoncelle d'Erik Buys; je lui ai trouvé toutes les qualités : puissant, sonore, profond, raffiné, très égal et charmant à la vue en plus de cela. Bravo !".
Guido De Neve,
Doc. Royal Conservatory Antwerp, Trio Ysaÿe
"Erik's violin suprises me: it combines a very warm G -string with a clear, brilliant E. This quality is striking as it matches at the same time a homogenous sound on the four strings. Moreover, this instrument demonstrates an extraordinary craftsmanship.
I loved playing on it! "
Violist and pedagogue
"I had a great pleasure to meet Erik Buys and to listen and to play on two violins built by him.Both instruments sounds very well ands one of them was really very special. The instrument sounds warm,strong,healthy and very even on all four strings not only on my class room but also - what is the most important - by performing with the orchestra of Tchaikovsky pieces in the concert hall by one of my talented student Aleksandra Stadniczenko. The instrument is very easy to play - the soloist got it just two days before the concert! My compliments and best wishes for the successful future!"