Mariia Gorkun baroque-model violin bow. Based on a model by Leonard Tourte circa 1775.
A native of Kiev, Ukraine, Mariia Gorkun earned degrees in violin performance before becoming interested in violin and bow making. In 2011, she began studies in violin making with Roman Shmigelsky and Eduard Kobyliansky, while also performing as a violinist in the orchestra of the National Opera of Ukraine in Kiev. After beginning her training in bow making in the United States with David Hawthorne in 2012, Gorkun established her own violin and bow workshop in Kiev, where she worked for several years building instruments and bows. In 2016, Gorkun relocated to the U. S. to work for David Hawthorne at his workshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she currently builds both modern and historical model bows. Gorkun's bows are owned and highly praised by professional string players.
A note from the maker regarding the model:
The original of this bow was made around 1775, now owned by a teacher at the Paris
- Conservatoire. It was featured in the book L'Archet Relvolutionaire, but our drawings
- are taken directly from the original. This bow is a great example of the transitional stage between Baroque and Classical bows as it combines the characteristics of both eras. The low head and its pike like shape, the choice of snakewood for the stick are
- features of the Baroque era. The form of the screw adjusted open frog is in the style of the Classical era, and the camber is more like a classical bow--more even from tip to frog. The length of the stick is 700 mm, which is longer than earlier clip-in bows, but shorter than Cramer bows of the end of 18th century. This bow is appropriate for playing late Baroque and early Classical repertoire, but because of its hybrid nature, it could also be successfully used for earlier music.