Master Chinese Violinmakers: Ming-Jiang Zhu (朱明江)

Master Chinese Violinmakers: Ming-Jiang Zhu (朱明江)

When many people think of Chinese violins, the first thing that comes to mind is student instruments produced in a factory, the quality of which has improved such that a musician can now find quality Chinese student instruments at affordable prices. What may not immediately come to mind is the master violinmakers in China who are hand crafting fine violins, violas, cellos, and bows for advanced and professional players. One of the best known and most influential master violinmakers in China is Ming-Jiang Zhu (朱明江).

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The Six Violin Makers Who Have Been Awarded the Rare "Double Gold" Medal at the Violin Society of America (VSA) International Violinmaking Competition

The Six Violin Makers Who Have Been Awarded the Rare "Double Gold" Medal at the Violin Society of America (VSA) International Violinmaking Competition

The Violin Society of America (VSA) has sponsored has sponsored 23 violinmaking competitions between 1975 and 2018 and has become known as one of the premier international violin and bow making competitions in the world. During those 23 competitions, the VSA has granted 1578 awards. Of the 1578 total awards granted by the VSA, only six (6) awards have been the rare Double Gold Medal for Workmanship and Tone. The following are the six violinmakers who have been awarded the rare Double Gold Medal for Workmanship and Tone by the VSA.

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Master Chinese Violinmakers: Liang Guohui (梁国辉)

Master Chinese Violinmakers: Liang Guohui (梁国辉)

When many people think of Chinese violins, the first thing that comes to mind is student instruments produced in a factory, the quality of which has improved such that a musician can now find quality Chinese student instruments at affordable prices. What may not immediately come to mind is the master violinmakers in China who are hand crafting fine violins, violas, cellos, and bows for advanced and professional players. One of the best known and most influential master violinmakers in China is Liang Guohui (梁国辉).

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Master Chinese Violinmakers: Zheng Quan (郑荃)

Master Chinese Violinmakers: Zheng Quan (郑荃)

When many people think of Chinese violins, the first thing that comes to mind is student instruments produced in a factory, the quality of which has improved such that a musician can now find quality Chinese student instruments at affordable prices. What may not immediately come to mind is the master violinmakers in China who are hand crafting fine violins, violas, cellos, and bows for advanced and professional players. One of the best known and most influential master violinmakers in China is Zheng Quan (郑荃).

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An Overview of the Awards at the Violin Society of America (VSA) Violin and Bow Making Competition

An Overview of the Awards at the Violin Society of America (VSA) Violin and Bow Making Competition

The Violin Society of America (VSA) has sponsored 23 violinmaking competitions between 1975 and 2018 and has become known as one of the premier international violin and bow making competitions in the world. There are 9 categories of entries at the competition: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Quartet, Violin Bow, Viola Bow, Cello Bow, and Bass Bow. Awards at the VSA competition are a mark of prestige that sets many makers apart. But what do those awards actually mean?

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Top Violin and Bow Makers Honored at the 4th China International Violin and Bow Making Competition

Top Violin and Bow Makers Honored at the 4th China International Violin and Bow Making Competition

The 4th China International Violin and Bow Making Competition was held from May 5-15, 2019 at the Central Conservatory of Music and the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing. The competition had over 400 entries from 10 countries, and StringBridge has complete coverage of the competition and the winners.

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