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 Methodist Church, 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 violin...Read More
Originally from the united states, Ian has been living in Ireland since 2007. Ian started out in the violin trade...Read More
Jeremie Legrand began studying violin making at the National School of Mirecourt, France, at the age of 15. He worked...Read More
Conor Russell was born in Dublin, Ireland. He played the violin, and began making instruments at Cork School of Music....Read More
Tim Baker graduated from the Newark School of Violin Making with distinction in 1981, and joined W.E. Hill & Sons...Read More
Noel Burke began his bow making career in 1989 as apprentice to Charles Espey in Seattle Washington and later to...Read More
Niall started playing the violin at the age of 5. He then became interested in making violins at the age...Read More
Boris Fritsch established his own workshop in Paris in 2004. He is creating bows on single projects with musicians. Boris...Read More
Klaus Grünke learned the craft of bow making from his father Richard Grünke, in Bubenreuth. In the years 1980- 1982...Read More
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