Guy Harrison – Violin Maker Blog

violin, viola and cello making and restoration

Viola – National Arts Centre Orchestra

This week I finished a viola pictured below for the assistant principal violist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada.  Often I am copying a particular old instrument or at least using one as an inspiration.  The musician who commissioned this viola had his own particular ideas in mind. So the design is a mix […]

Violin, viola and cello!

It’s been enjoyable to see a few of our instruments finished recently. Below is a beautiful cello my assistant has just completed from her own workshop. The back and sides are made from poplar wood and it’s based around a Cremonese Rugeri model.  I’m pleased to have it for sale in the workshop now. Please […]

Other workshops

Our violin making workshop depends on many other businesses for materials and tools from around the world. In September I was in Italy and Germany selecting wood for future instruments. As well for example, I order violin parts from England or violin cases from the US or France. I also rely on local businesses no […]

Treefest Concert – Lansdowne Park

Concert: Sunday Oct. 4th, 2-4pm Cadanza String Duo: Cello & Violin   On Sunday, October 4th, from 2-4pm, an event organized by Tree Fest Ottawa will feature the Cadenza String Duo.  Violinist Christian Vachon and cellist Greg Weeks both perform on a instruments made in our workshop based on Stradivari models. The Cadenza String Duo are […]

New 16″ viola

This month I started making a new viola for a member of the National Art Centre Orchestra.  We talked together about what kind of viola he was looking for and agreed on a comfortable 16″ size, based on the violas by Andrea Guarneri from the late 17th Century. The original design is slightly larger at […]

Stradivari tools – iron planes

        The remaining tools from the Antonio Stradivari workshop are kept in the museum in Cremona – Museo del Violino. The tools give an interesting glimpse into the working practices used in the Stradivari workshop during the early 18th Century. Over the years,  I’ve copied and adapted some of them to make […]

Follow up – Montreal Exhibition

The luthier exhibition in Montreal from December gathered together violin and bow makers from around Canada. Organized by the violin shop  Wilder & Davis, the main event was held in the room shown below, at the Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur.   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . […]

‘Dushkin’ 1742 Guarneri copy.

This year is Pinchas Zukerman’s last season as music director with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO). Over the past few years, my assistant and I have restored a number of the instruments in the Zukerman Instrument Collection at the NACO.  While dealing with this collection of string instruments, Pinchas Zukerman played a Stradivari copy […]

Montreal Luthier Exhibition

This Saturday December 6th, I will be in Montreal for the “Forum des Fabricants” – an exhibition of contemporary violins, violas, cellos and bows. The exhibition and concerts will take place at Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur at 100 Sherbrook Street East. The event is organized by the violin shop Wilder & Davis in Montreal. String […]

NACO Dequincey Viola

Last week the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada began their tour of the United Kingdom. Beginning in Scotland they have traveled south with a busy schedule of concerts.  This summer, NACO violist David Thies-Thompson, purchased a viola made by my assistant which he took with him on tour. The photo below shows Charline Dequincey […]

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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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