NACO Dequincey Viola

Posted on | October 27, 2014 | No Comments|

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 putting the final touches on the varnish as she was finishing this instrument for the workshop.


The viola is based on a viola made by Paolo Maggini, in Brescia, Italy in the early 1600’s.  One reason we wanted to copy this viola was to better understand the construction techniques possibly used by Maggini. Going through the process of actually making an instrument is an ideal way to learn about a particular maker from the past. We were also looking for a different type of viola sound compared to the Guarneri and Amati type violas from Cremona that we had both made in the past.

Here is a link to a clip of David Thies-Thompson with cellist Leah Wyber and violinist Jeremy Mastrangelo performing in St. Giles Cathedral on tour in Edinburgh.

St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.

David Thies-Thompson is also a well known and respected teacher of violin and viola in Ottawa.

In the workshop I’m currently finishing a third ‘Maggini’ viola and look forward to hear this instrument as well!


Leave a Reply


    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.

    Subscribe to our feed