Violin Making Competition – Mittenwald Germany 2014

Posted on | July 16, 2014 | No Comments|

This year I entered a violin in the International Violin Making Competition in Mittenwald, Germany. It is held every four years and this time the majority of violinmakers taking part came from Europe and some from Asia. I was the only violin maker from North America to enter.  My violin made it through to  the final round and was performed in the closing concert. I was pleased to be awarded a special prize for workmanship and excellent/special artistic expressiveness. (more or less translated from the German with help from a German colleague!)

workmanship award 2

 

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The violin was my usual Stradivari model that I have made for many years.  Though I’ve continued to change details in the f’holes, edgework or for example in the front and back arching. In particular I’ve changed the style of bridge, fingerboard and dimensions of the bass bar over time as well.  The changes in ‘set-up‘ (bridge, fingerboard etc.)  have a large effect on the sound, ease of playing and the feel of the bow on the strings.  Many of these adjustments are from the advice of good colleagues but also a result from working with musicians everyday in the workshop.

Violin Mittenwald '14

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            Stradivari model, Harrison violin 2014

 

 

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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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