Jardón Rico is a violin maker born in 1969 in Avilés, a coast city in the region of Asturias in the North of Spain. He studied Science at High School and after completing his masters in Philosophy at the University of Oviedo, he decided to dedicate his professional life to his childhood passion: lutherie. He spent his formative years in the workshop of the now deceased maestro Pavel Schudtz, where he learnt violin making in the traditional manner as it was transmitted for centuries. After a decade he opened his own workshop in his native town of Avilés, where he carries out all kinds of restoration jobs and alternates them with violin, viola and cello construction. His instruments are conceived trying to blend a traditional approach with a scientific concern for acoustical behavior.
Jardón Rico has taught the subject Lutherie Fundamentals from 2001 to 2008 at the Superior Conservatory of Music Eduardo Martínez Torner, in Oviedo and has given courses and talks on this subject in many music schools and institutions throughout Spain. He is a member of the GLAE (Spanish Gremmie of Violin and Bow makers) and is a registered artisan of the Principality of Asturias. Jardón Rico is one of the founder members of the Spanish Viola Association. He has also appeared in several music publications like The Strad and participated in some acoustic experiments and research.
In 2011 a viola made by Jardon Rico was awarded to the winner of the Primrose International Viola Competition, Ayane Kozasa, in Albuquerque New Mexico.
Also in October 2011 he was invited by the Ministry of Culture of The Dominican Republic to give a pioneer course on restoration and repair techniques for the artisans of this country, within the project Iberorquesta.
In 2012 he participated with George Stoppani and Fernando Fernández in a global research on the Sarasate Stradivarius which is kept in the Museum of the Conservatorio Superior in Madrid. The research complied acoustic measurements of sound radiation, modal analysis, sound pressure inside the instrument, geometry and thickness graduations of top, back and ribs.
Since 2011 Jardón attends regularly Oberlin Acoustics Workshops in Ohio and at the moment he is taking part in an ambitious experiment on violin acoustics financed by the UE through Erasmus Plus with George Stoppani, Andrea Ortona, Claudia Fritz and Unai Igartua under the institution of the BELE ( Violin Making School of the Vasc Country).