Guy Harrison – Violin Maker Blog

violin, viola and cello making and restoration

Workshop holiday – closing for Christmas.

The workshop will be closed from December 23rd and will open again on Tuesday January 2nd. Thank you to all our customers. We look forward to see you again in the New Year!  

Toronto Symphony Orchestra and cello soloist

This Sunday afternoon I had the pleasure to listen to Dale Yoonho Jeong perform as soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Roy Thompson Hall. He was the 2017 winner of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition. He performed a selection from Cello Concerto no. 1 in A minor by Camille Saint-Saëns. Dale performs on a […]

Making violins in Maine and Tool Makers, Lee Nielsen

In the fall I was kindly invited to Maine, in the US, to work with 7 other violin makers at a beautiful seaside cottage for a week. We each worked on our own violins and violas and of course shared ideas on our current work. With such a small group it allowed people to share […]

ChiMei Museum

On my trip to Taiwan in July, I visited the Chimei Museum in the southern city of Tainan. It houses a mixture of art, natural history and musical instruments. The museum was first established 1992 and since 2014 has been located within a large park with extensive buildings. The purpose of my visit to Chimei […]

July 2017 – In Taiwan.

After returning from a busy two weeks of violin making in Oberlin, Ohio and working for a week in my Ottawa workshop, we shall close again for one week. Next week our workshop shall be closed, from July 3rd and opening again on Tuesday July 11th.  During this time I will be traveling to Taiwan […]

Summer 2017 – in the US.

This June our workshop shall be closed from June 17th and opening again on June 27th. My assistant is enjoying a summer holiday in Europe. Meanwhile I’m traveling to Oberlin College in Ohio for a violin making workshop.  The VSA/Oberlin Violinmaker’s Workshop is a two-week, intensive, graduate level program for professional makers. I look […]

The Strad – May issue

This month the English magazine ‘The Strad’ published an article on my workshop. In each issue they have a ‘my space’ section which shows the workshops of violin makers from around the world.  The main photo below is my main bench surrounded by the tools I use everyday. Also a small photo of our dusty […]

Exhibition in Toronto – follow up

The January exhibition of Canadian violin and bow makers in Toronto was a great success. With over 35 violin and bow makers from around Canada attending and showing their work. Some of the makers had never shown their instruments and bows in Toronto before. So it was a new opportunity for Toronto musicians to try […]

Via Rail – now for cellos as well!

    While traveling around Canada for business I sometimes travel by train which I enjoy very much. It’s relaxed and comfortable and I usually finish some paperwork or write a blogpost on the train! But if I need to bring a cello with me, I’m unable bring it on board under the luggage restrictions with […]

Toronto Exhibition! ~~~ Jan.14th ~~~

On Saturday, January 14th, I will be visiting Toronto for an exhibition of Canadian violins, violas, cellos and bows!  This is a great chance for string players in Toronto to try instruments and bows from the best award winning Canadian violin and bow makers. The event will take place at Koerner Hall Lobby at the Royal […]

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    Guy Harrison Violin Maker
    792 Gladstone Avenue
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1R 6X9
    Tel: 613 569 4803

    1997 Silver medal for viola in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2010 Bronze medal for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2014 Workmanship award for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2016 Silver Workmanship medal for cello in the VSA Violin Making Competition, USA.

    Member of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers and Violin Society of America.

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