Last November, I was pleased to finish a cello in time to participate in the 23rd International Violin making competition held by the Violin Society of America (VSA) in Cleveland. Among the 68 cellos presented, my instrument was awarded a Double Certificate of Merit : -a Certificate of Merit for Tone by judges and cellists Dane Johansen, Jeffrey Solow and Brian Thornton. -a Certificate of Merit for Workmanship by judges.. Read More
Last Saturday I was honoured to be part of the Maker’s Forum exhibition in Toronto. Contemporary violin makers and bow makers from Canada (34 on 37 participants) and abroad were presenting their work. As a maker, this event was a great way to meet with musicians. I was able to discuss the instruments I had brought (a cello and a violin) and get their feedback. During the afternoon, Kerson Leong performed.. Read More
I am pleased to announce that a viola I made will be displayed this week end in the Contemporary violin maker’s exhibition presented by Reed Yeboah Fine Violins LLC. Please come visit us at The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St, New York. or follow this link for more information.
Cellos or Violas made with poplar or willow backs have a reputation for having a warm sound. These wood species were used throughout the history of violin making, and particularly in Cremona during the second half of the XVII century and the first half of the XVIII century. In his book, “The Secrets of Stradivari,” Simone F. Sacconi mentions that two fifths of Stradivari’s cellos still remaining, feature poplar or.. Read More