Written by Laurie Niles
Published: October 23, 2014 at 9:46 PM [UTC]
Last month during the Violin Society of America's Convention, an entire exhibit was devoted to new violins make by well-established violin and bow makers. Many of these makers have won so many VSA awards that they were no longer eligible to enter the 2014 VSA Competition for makers (Winners of the 2014 Violin Society of America Competition are listed here.)
Called the "New Instrument Exhibit," it featured 120 instruments and bows by 85 makers. Players visited the room all week to test the violins and bows, and they often could meet the maker right there in the room; so it was possible to speak to a maker while testing his or her violin or bow. What an incredible opportunity!
Here is a list of the makers represented in the VSA's "New Instrument Exbibit," all with links to their contact information. I hope you find this to be helpful!
Bill Scott, Gregg Alf and Dennis Braun
Michael Fischer of Los Angeles
Theodore Skreko of Indianapolis Violins
Sam Zygmuntowicz and Joseph Curtin
Gregg T. Alf
Chicago School of Violin Making
David L. Chrapkiewicz
Ronald L Fletcher
Li Ming Huai
Zhen Hua Ling
Steven M. McCann
Bill Scott, Jr.
Sigrun Seifert and Joseph Grubaugh
Stephan Von Baehr
Marilyn J Wallin
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We are so lucky to live in an era with so many fine makers! Great to see this list.
Laurie, could I suggest adding Emmanuel Bégin to the list of bow makers? He was the Gold Medal winner. I own and use one of his fantastic bows and love it!
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