An international exhibition of fine contemporary violin and bow making runs throughout every festival and displays instruments and bows from some of the leading makers in the field. The exhibition is comprised of both baroque and modern violin, viola, cello and double bass and baroque, transitional and modern bows for the quartet.
The makers are present, some working at their benches and all available to meet and to discuss their work. All of the instruments and bows in the exhibition are available for trial and most are available for sale. An instrument and bow maintenance and repair service will also be available throughout the festival.
The details of our 2019 Festival Exhibition follow:
Violin Talks are held alongside the exhibition in The Old Cinema, Bantry. All talks are free.
His sensitivity to music and its instruments led him at 19 years old to Newark School of Violin Making, England,...Read More
John Cockburn’s passion for violin making arose from lifelong obsessions with acoustics, craftsmanship, and music of all genres. Following stints...Read More
Francis Kuttner was born in Washington D.C. to German Jewish refugees who fled Berlin in the '30s via Rome and...Read More
Jérémie Legrand began studying violin making in Mirecourt aged 15. He had been a master violin maker in Cork (Ireland)...Read More
Dublin-born Conor Russell studied violin making at Cork School of Music from 1985 to 1988 and has won various national...Read More
Noel Burke began his bow making career in 1989 as apprentice to Charles Espey in Seattle Washington and later to...Read More
At the age of 16 Niall became interested in violin making. In 2010 he completed the violin-making course in Newark,...Read More
Klaus Grünke learned the craft of bow making from his father Richard Grünke, in Bubenreuth. In the years 1980- 1982...Read More
Since my first fortuitous contacts with bow making I find my enjoyment of the profession increasing every year. Today I...Read More
For more than 30 years Robert Pierce has been making bows focused on playing quality where choice of wood is...Read More
Stéphane Thomachot was born in 1959 in Bourg-la-Reine, France, and studied bow making at Mirecourt under Bernard Ouchard from 1975...Read More
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