This web site “François Servais (1807-1866), the Paganini of the cello” is an initiative of the Servais Society and was officially launched on November 26, 2005. In 2016 it was completely renewed. From 2005 till 2014 the webmaster was Renaat Uyttersprot. From 2015 on the webmaster is Axel Jacobs.

This website is based on the ongoing scientific research results on Servais’ life and work by Peter François. Don’t hesitate to contact him (click here) for questions, additional information or corrections, or in case you would like to use this overview for a publication.

Thanks to Guido François, Peter François, René Hannaert, Liam Fennelly, Francine Mertens, Anne Lyle, Xavier Dekeyser, … for the translations.

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The aim of this site is to give greater publicity to the violoncellist and composer François Servais, his work and historical background.

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This site contains several links to other websites that may be of interest to visitors. However, the Servais Society is not responsible for the content of linked sites. The Servais Society will remove links to these other websites as soon as it becomes aware of their illegal nature.