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:
David Folland - 24 Awards, plus Hor Concours Status
Ming-Jiang Zhu - 21 Awards
Stephan Von Baehr - 20 Awards
To see the detailed list of awards earned by each maker, click on their name above to view their full StringBridge profile.