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‘Ole Bull’ Guarneri copy

In September I finished the violin pictured below for a member of Canada’s National Art Centre Orchestra. It was based on the Guarneri violin, made in 1744 in Cremona and played by Norwegein violinist Ole Bull. The wood for the back of this violin was made from an old piece of maple that I was […]

Alexandre Turmel concert

This Friday violinist Alexandre Turmel is giving a concert with George Harris on flute. The program begins with a Mozart flute concerto and a Mozart violin concerto. The second half includes a new double concerto for flute and violin by George Harris. Alexandre was taught by Christian Vachon for two years at the Conservatoire de […]

Chamber Music Concerts – Ottawa

Each summer Ottawa is fortunate to have the wonderful Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, which has grown to be the largest chamber music festival in the world. The festival contacted me in July to borrow a viola and a violin for two visiting musicians.  This was arranged with the assistance of local players, who both owned […]

Talk at the NAC Young Artist Program

Each summer the National Arts Centre  presents the Young Artist Program.  Young musicians from around the world come to Ottawa for chamber music coaching, masterclasses and recitals with Pinchas Zukerman and an internationally-renowned faculty.  Chatting with students who visited our workshop, it’s certainly clear they have an inspiring time here. We were asked by the […]

Buying wood in Europe

Last week I was in Germany and North Italy buying spruce and maple for the next few years of violin making.  A colleague and I first visited the wood dealer  Bachmann in Italy, where we bought spruce. In their store room they had hundreds of pieces of spruce which was carefully organized. Every piece of […]

Michael Kun Violin

The violin shown below was made by Michael Kun in 1984 and is available now in our workshop.  Michael is the son of the late Joseph Kun, a violin and bow maker who worked in Ottawa Canada from 1968 to 1996.  Joseph Kun also developed the ‘Kun’ shoulder rest which is still used by violinists […]

New CD – Bolero ‘Prochaine Station’

A new CD by the Montreal-based trio ‘Bolero‘ was released in the fall last year and we’ve enjoyed listening to it many times in the workshop. Titled ‘Prochaine Station’ , it ranges from arrangements of contemporary music to tango, klezmer and jazz genres. The group features Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh on violin, Sonya Matoussova on cello and […]

New Year

The workshop is now closed for 2012 and opens again on January 2nd 2013 We’ve had a great year, with wonderful instruments and clients coming into our workshop.  A few of the interesting instruments we saw surprisingly came out of storage from the Canadian government. My assistant is now restoring a French violin and English […]

New Norteño CD

The superb ensemble  Norteño have released their third CD ~ Cato’s Life. This album features music composed by Pierre-Paul Provencher, who also performs on the bandonéon (accordion) with the group. Norteño works within the world of “tango nuevo” (new tango), a genre created by the great Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. . Violinist Christian Vachon is […]

Varnish – Italian violin

The photo below is from an Italian violin made in Milan during the middle of the 18th Century.  It’s in our workshop for some major restoration work. On the back the varnish had worn away to show two distinct layers of varnish.  I took this close up photo showing some of the worn and chipped […]

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    Guy Harrison Violin Maker
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    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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