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

The Top Five Most Awarded Violin and Bow Makers 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. To date, the VSA has given 1578 total awards in 23 competitions. 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.

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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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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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