An international exhibition of fine contemporary violin and bow making runs throughout the 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 will be present, some will be working at their benches and all will be 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.
Violin Talks are held alongside the exhibition in The Old Cinema, Bantry. All talks are free.
Baerbel Bellinghausen is devoted to sound: string instruments have been part of her life ever since her youth. She is...Read More
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
We are fascinated by sound. Understanding the acoustical properties of our instruments and their materials is the driving force in...Read More
Bertrand was born in Metz in eastern France and trained at the Mirecourt International Violinmaking School. After five years as...Read More
Michiel de Hoog has been making violins for over forty years. Born in Holland into an artistic family, he started...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
David Munro makes violins and violas for professional orchestral musicians, chamber music players and soloists. His instruments have recorded chamber...Read More
Victor Bernard was born in 1985 in Compiegne, near Paris. He studied at the Newark School of Violin Making in...Read More
Noel Burke began his bow making career in 1989 as apprentice to Charles Espey in Seattle Washington and later to...Read More
Emmanuel Carlier was born in 1975 near Paris. After history studies, a violin making apprenticeship and few years of journalism,...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 bowmaking I find my enjoyment of the profession increasing every year. The craft makes...Read More
Christophe Schaeffer was born on the 11 February 1958 and played the violin from the age of eleven. In 1974...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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