Viola – National Arts Centre Orchestra

Posted on | February 6, 2016 | No Comments|

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 of traditional 17th Century Italian elements combined with the requirements of an individual modern musician.

IMG_4050Before I began carving, the violist David Goldblatt and I discussed previous violas he had played and worked out a design to suit him. The main issues to cover were the size of the instrument, length of strings,  dimensions of the neck and the sound. Click here for a previous blog post on the design work. Fortunately he had played previous violas I had made. So we had a good idea regarding the kind of sound he was looking for. Once I starting work on the viola, David visited my workshop to follow the progress which was nice to share.

Viola 1 Viola 2

 

Above: the raw materials – spruce and maple. Below are a few of the photos we both took of the viola.

Viola 3Viola 6Viola 8Viola 9IMG_3923Viola 4IMG_4059

David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt – Assistant principal violist of the

National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada.

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    Guy Harrison Violin Maker
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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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