Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

Posted on | December 17, 2016 | No Comments|

In November I finished a violin for Ramsey Husser (2nd Assistant Concertmaster) of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. It was modelled after my usual Guarneri model,  the ‘Lord Wilton/Menuhin’  Guarneri violin of 1742.  As I have become accustomed to this model, I’ve incorporated elements from other Guarneri violins, including the ‘Duskin/Zukerman’ Guarneri violin of the same year.

The ‘Dushkin’ Guarneri violin is a more robust violin than the ‘Menuhin’  and it opens up possibilities when I combine elements of design from more than one violin. While I enjoy copying certain Cremonese violins as exactly as I can, it can quickly limit the possibilities to explore different playing characteristics.

For Mr. Husser’s violin I made the edges of the front and back a little stronger and brought the f’holes closer together, among other small adjustments. Though I did keep the arching very close to the original ‘Lord Wilton/Menuhin’  Guarneri violin.  Overall for this violin I was looking for a slightly less dark sound and with more focus.

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Above are photos of Ramsey Husser’s violin.  I quickly took these photos at my bench, just before Mr. Husser arrived to collect his new violin!

 

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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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