When a violin or bow maker earns the coveted “Hor Concours” status at the Violin Society of America (VSA) Violin and Bow Making Competition, it means that they have won enough gold medals such that they are no longer allowed to compete in the competition. This article outlines what it takes to achieve Hor Concours status and lists the makers who have achieved this milestone.
What is “Hor Concours” Status at the Violin Society of America (VSA) Competition?
Hors Concours status is granted to a maker who has been awarded Gold Medals in three different VSA Competitions. Click here for an overview of what it takes to win a gold medal at a Violin Society of America (VSA) competition. Hors Concours status is not granted for three Gold Medals awarded in one or two Competitions. Makers designated Hors Concours status are not allowed to enter further VSA Competitions.
Which Violin and Bow Makers Have Been Awarded “Hor Concours” Status?
As of the 23rd Violin Society of America competition, which was held in November 2018, there are 16 instrument makers and 14 bow makers who have been awarded “hor concours” status, who are listed below. You can click on any name to see their full StringBridge profile, including the details of their VSA Competition Gold Medals.