Guy Harrison began working in the violin trade at the age of 13 in Australia. He studied for three years at the Newark School of Violin Making in England. After graduating with the highest level of distinction he was employed in Europe and further trained in the restoration of fine instruments.
After crafting instruments in Europe, he moved to Canada to open his own studio. In recent years, he has taken part in the world-renowned Oberlin College violin making workshops. (https://www.oberlinviolinmakers.org) The workshops allow professional makers to share ideas and work side by side with a spirit of excellence to advance the craft of producing new concert instruments.
Since 1997 he has competed and won several awards and medals in International Violinmaking Competitions, both in Germany and the United States. Guy Harrison is a member of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers, of which there are 11 members in Canada.
Guy Harrison's workshop is located in the heart of Ottawa's 'little Italy', next door to the beautiful St. Anthony's church. Ottawa is situated between Montreal and Toronto. The city is home to Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra and summer Chamber Music Festivals.
Guy Harrison focuses on making fine new instruments and assists fine musicians with their antique instruments as well. His instruments are played by fine musicians around the world as well as by members of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and many other orchestras and ensembles.