Erik Buys holds a degree in Social and Cultural Alogical Sciences (VUB, Free University Brussels)

After studying and conducting research in the Brussels Musical Instrument Museum, he specialized in the construction of historical bowed instruments.

Since many years now, he is focusing on making modern instruments based on Northern-Italian, 17-18th century tradition. 

In 2016 he was a laureate at the Concours de Lutherie et Sonorité de Paris (VioloncellenSeine)

Since 1994 Erik Buys is employed as a teacher at ILSA.