Eugenie Degan is a skilled cello player who studied at the Paris Conservatoire and the Schola Cantorum before studying violin making and repairs at London Metropolitan University, from which she graduated in 2005 with Distinction. She next trained at a variety of London workshops, such as J.P. Guivier and F. Leonhard, and carried out a repair and restoration apprenticeship with Peter Ratcliff in Brighton for three years. Her £10,000 Scholarship enabled her to compete her final year of training with Mr Ratcliff. During the first two years, Eugenie had worked two days a week, but was able to move to Brighton following the award to assist Mr Ratcliff on a full-time basis.
Without the scholarship from QEST, Eugenie feels that she would not have been able to get true professional training in restoration, and probably would have never been good enough nor confident enough to run her own workshop.
Eugenie opened her workshop in Milton Village, Cambridge in 2009 and now has the facilities to restore, maintain, and restore all instruments in the violin family, which includes violins, violas, celli and basses, as well as their bows. Eugenie now undertakes all aspects of repairs, major restoration, sound adjustments, making, appraisals and dealing of instruments and bows of the violin family. Eugenie also teaches the repair and restoration unit to the Viol making students at West dean College in Chichester.