Biography: Guy Harrison

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Guy Harrison began working in the violin trade at the age of 13 in Australia. He went on to study for three years at the Newark School of Violin Making in England. After graduating with the highest level of distinction he was employed in Europe and further trained in the restoration of fine instruments. In addition to restoration work, he had the rare privilege to make instruments under the name of his employers.

image After crafting instruments in Europe, he moved to Canada to open his own studio. In recent years, he has taken part in the world-renowned Oberlin College violin making workshops. The workshops allow professional makers to share ideas and work side by side with a spirit of excellence to advance the craft of producing new concert instruments.

In 1997 he was awarded the silver medal in Germany at the Mittenwald International Violinmaking Competition and in 2010 he was awarded a Bronze medal for violin at the Mittenwald competition.

Guy Harrison is member of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers, of which there are only 7 members in Canada.

Supporting the Community:

Guy Harrison has shown a commitment to the music community while in Ottawa. In recent years he has supported the Leading Note Foundation by appraising all of the instruments donated to this wonderful music program.

His workshop is also a place where young luthiers have come to learn and study. At present Guy Harrison has a one assistant, Charline Dequincey, involved in making instruments and high level restoration.

Charline has volunteered with 'Luthiers Sans Frontières in Cuba. She taught instrument and bow repair to local craft people. As well as bringing much needed materials and instruments for talented Cuban musicians.

Guy Harrison's Workshop:

Guy Harrison's workshop is located in the heart of Ottawa's 'little Italy', next door to the beautiful St. Anthony's church.

Ottawa is situated between Montreal and Toronto. The city is home to Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra and the worlds largest Chamber Music Festival.

Guy Harrison focuses on making fine new instruments and assists artists with their antique instruments. His instruments are played by fine musicians around the world as well as by members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada (NACO) and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.