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About Charles Nicolas Bazin
Among the most esteemed French bow makers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Charles Nicolas Bazin II (1847-1915) was born into a family of archetiers in Mirecourt, France.
Charles Nicolas II studied bow making with his father, François Xavier Bazin (1824-1865), while his uncle, Charles Nicolas Bazin I (1831-1908), ran a separate atelier in Mirecourt. After François' untimely death in 1865, the younger Charles took over his father's business at only 18 years of age. Becoming a highly skilled and prolific maker, C. N. Bazin II began a collaboration with luthier Joseph Hel in 1870, for whom he made numerous distinctive bows, including those with frogs designed with the Vuillaume miniature photograph eye. Bazin's own workshop thrived to become one of the most successful and renowned ateliers in France, where he trained his own sons, Émile Joseph, Gustave, and Charles Louis, and employed some of the most prominent bow makers of the time, including the Fétique brothers, Émile August Ouchard, and André Richaume. In 1907, Bazin's youngest son, Charles Louis, took over management of the family business, while his father continued to make bows until his death. Bows made by Charles Nicolas Bazin II are extremely desirable among professional players and collectors.
About This Violin Bow
This bow is being sold with a certificate of authenticity by Paul Childs.
Charles Nicolas Bazin | Round | Engraved Silver and Ebony Frog | 59.5g | 4/4
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About Éric Gagné
Éric Gagné worked for several years at Blaise Emmelin, first as an apprentice and then as an assistant. He then worked at Maison Bernard for Pierre Guillaume in Brussels, where he also trained in the art of bow restoration. He now has a workshop in Montreal where he makes his bows. He also works with the Wilder and Davis workshop where he restores and sells bows throughout Canada.
About This Viola Bow
Éric Gagné | Round | Gold and Ebony Frog and Button
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About Noel Burke
Irish bow maker Noel Burke began his career in 1989, after apprenticing with Charles Espey in the United States, and Stéphane Thomachot in Paris. His bows are owned by some of the world's top orchestral players, chamber musicians, and soloists, including violinists Leonidas Kavakos, Anthony Marwood, Isabelle van Keulen, violist Lawrence Power, and cellist Frans Helmerson.
Burke has won numerous awards for his bows, including six Gold Medals from the Violin Society of America, the Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris for a violin bow, and a Gold Medal for cello bow at The Strad Cello and Bow Making Competition at the Royal Northern College of Music Cello Festival.
Burke is the brother of renowned Irish fiddler Kevin Burke, who plays on one of his brother's bows. He currently builds bows and teaches bow making from his workshop in Carlow, Ireland.
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