Guy Harrison – Violin Maker Blog

violin, viola and cello making and restoration

Opus Concerts – Sandy Hill, Ottawa.

This Sunday, piantist Frédéric Lacroix, violinist Christian Vachon and cellist Peter Rapson will perform Beethoven’s Opus 1, a set of three piano trios written in 1793. Christian Vachon performs on a violin I made, copied after the 1693 Stradivari from the National Music Museum in South Dakota. I look forward to hear these three fine […]

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 […]

NAC instrument collection

The players in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre Orchestra are fortunate to have access to a collection of string instruments and bows from the ‘Zukerman Musical Instruments Foundation’. This collection was begun by the orchestra’s musical director Pinchas Zukerman. I was asked by the NACO to appraise the collection in order to update their […]

Ruggeri violin

Recently this Cremonese violin by Francesco Ruggeri came through our workshop. We took the time to measure and photograph it, before returning it to it’s very kind owner. We also took this violin to the Museum of Nature to be photographed which I will present later. With the information I gathered I will make a […]

Concert February 6th-Alaya Quartet

The Alaya String Quartet is performing in Ottawa in February. Based in Montréal, the Alaya String Quartet is comprised of four exciting players studying at l’Université de Montréal. Winners of the chamber music category in the Festival de Musique Classique du Bas-Richelieu, the quartet is currently coached by Johanne Perron and Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot. . When: […]


    Guy Harrison Violin Maker
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    Ottawa, Ontario
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    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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