Who exactly are some of the more established modern violin and bow makers who are raising the art of the craft to new level? We hope that the list below can serve as a helpful resource to anyone looking for a fine modern instrument.
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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Christian Pedersen left off of that list? We purchased the violin he took to that competition and it is wonderful!Why was
He wasn't on the list of the violins featured in that VSA exhibit, but now that you have mentioned him, I will link to his information from your comment so that people can find him. For that matter, if anyone wants to add names, just do so in the comments and I will link!
Donald M. Cohen, who works in Alexandria, VA, to your list.I would suggest to add
He is one one of Anne Sophie Mutter's favourite bowmakers. She owns and plays several of his bows. He counts many world renowned musicians among his clients.
Mr Cohen is a true master of the art, creating fantastic bows that play beautifully and look beautiful.
Great list! very good for the makers and anyone looking for a violin or bow. We are fortunate to live in a time with so many good makers and a real sense of a craft among them. My main violin was made in 2009 by one of these makers, and I like it more and more all the time. It's not really a question of old or new, or China vs. Albania, or whatever, but just finding a fiddle you love at a price you can afford.
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October 23, 2014 at 10:37 PM · Hi,
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!