- Laurence Libin
(b Ahrenshoop, Germany, Jan 20, 1954). German organ builder and restorer. After army service and training with a cabinet maker, he was apprenticed to the Jehmlich firm in Dresden, rising to become head of restorations. For Jehmlich he supervised work on the 1714 Gottfried Silbermann organ in Freiburg cathedral and the 1808 Lütkemüller in Güstrower cathedral. He then briefly joined the restoration staff of the instrument museum of the Karl Marx University (University of Leipzig) before opening his own workshop in Dresden Neustadt in 1989; he obtained his Meisterbrief in 1990. Wegscheider’s first independent project was a new organ for Allstedt Castle in Mansfeld, noteworthy for using only traditional materials and for enabling performance in either of two temperaments. Subsequent projects included restoration of a small Silbermann organ (1734) at Bremen cathedral and replication of it for the Silbermann Museum in Frauenstein. Meanwhile Wegscheider’s workshop expanded and relocated in ...