The Top Five Most Awarded Violin and Bow Makers at the Violin Society of America (VSA) Violin and Bow Making Competition

Gold Medals From the Violin Society of America (VSA) International Violin and Bow Making Competition

Gold Medals From the Violin Society of America (VSA) International 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. To date, the VSA has given 1578 total awards in 23 competitions. You can search all of the VSA awards and competitions by maker, year, award, category and more in the StringBridge Competition Awards Database.

In a previous article, StringBridge Connect revealed the violin and bow makers who had earned Hor Concours status, which is granted to a maker who has been awarded Gold Medals in three different VSA Competitions.

But which violin and bow makers have won the highest number of awards of any type (combination of Gold Medal, Silver Medal, and Certificate of Merit) at the Violin Society of America (VSA) Competition? The answer may surprise you.

The Top Five Violin and Bow Makers Who Have Won the Most Awards at the Violin Society of America (VSA) Competition Are:

  1. David Folland - 24 Awards, plus Hor Concours Status

  2. Ming-Jiang Zhu - 21 Awards

  3. Stephan Von Baehr - 20 Awards

  4. William Scott and Rodney Mohr - Tie, each with 19 Awards, plus Hor Concours Status

  5. Sigrun Seifert and Roy Quade - Tie, each with 17 Awards, plus Hor Concors Status

To see the detailed list of awards earned by each maker, click on their name above to view their full StringBridge profile.

To search all of the VSA awards and competitions by maker, year, award, category and more, click here for the full StringBridge Competition Awards Database.