Otto Vowinkel was born into a family of tailors, in the old center of Amsterdam. He started building guitars in 1984, inspired by Irving Sloane's book "Classic Guitar Construction". He soon developed a strong preference for traditionally built guitars and started designing his own models.
In 1989 he met his future wife, Dutch guitarist Esther Steenbergen, as well as the Andalusian based Dutch guitar maker Alex van der Horst, better known as "Alejandro" (1959-2009) with whom he started working on a regular basis during the periods Alex resided in Holland. They shared their ideas about "the ideal guitar": a flexible tone, a quick response and the quality of the sound as the carrier of volume.
In the years that followed Otto Vowinkel developed into a guitar maker with a great eye for detail and with a strong preference for traditionally built instruments. Little by little he became a household name in the classical guitar world with clients all over the world.
Musicians playing Vowinkel guitars include classical guitarists like the Amsterdam guitar trio, Sanel Redzic, Denis Azabagic, Tariq Harb and George Sakkelariou. Also guitarist from the jazz world and tango scene like Leonardo Amuedo, Ernesto Snajer, Nelson Faria, Julio Cobelli, appreciate the instruments of this extraordinary guitar maker.