The Violin Channel not too long ago caught up with world-renowned string instrument restorer, Ms Julie Reed-Yeboah from Reed-Yeboah Tremendous Violins – in New York Metropolis.
Julie will host the 2019 annual Modern Violin and Bow Makers Exhibition on the Kosciusko Basis, in New York – from the 18th to the 20th of October.
2016 CONTEMPORARY VIOLIN AND BOW MAKERS EXHIBITION | CURATED BY REED YEBOAH FIND VIOLIN IN NEW YORK CITY
Julie, Inform us about your upcoming modern makers’ exhibition?
“Reed Yeboah Tremendous Violins has been internet hosting the annual Modern Violin Makers Exhibition in New York Metropolis since 2011.
The 2019 occasion, to be held on the Kosciuszko Basis, 15 E. 65th Road, from October 18th- 20th, will characteristic 44 violinmakers and 10 bowmakers from everywhere in the world.
This guarantees to be a really thrilling expertise the place performers and collectors have an opportunity to see and play a number of the devices from the most effective violin and bow makers of our time. As well as, this yr we could have a live performance earlier than the exhibition that includes soloist Arnaud Sussmann, pianist Anna Polonsky, and members from the Ulysses Quartet.
They are going to carry out on a choice of exhibited devices to offer the general public an opportunity to listen to them in a live performance setting”
How did you begin this and what’s your mission for the annual occasion?
“This annual occasion was began by Yi-Ping Yang and myself in 2011. As the worth of the vintage stringed instrument market continues to extend throughout international monetary markets, it’s getting more durable for musicians to acquire older devices.
On the identical time, the modern devices have been getting higher and are capable of compete with a number of the older devices at a worth level that musicians can afford.
Our mission for this annual occasion is to showcase violins, violas, cellos and bows from a number of the most necessary residing makers at the moment.
This offers everybody a chance to see these phenomenal artworks and to have an opportunity to attempt them.
We’re offering a particular expertise for the general public to play and probably buy these devices multi function place”
NEW YORK’S CONTEMPORARY VIOLIN & BOW MAKERS EXHIBITION FOUNDERS, JULIE REED-YEBOAH AND YI-PING YANG – OF REED YEBOAH FINE VIOLINS, NEW YORK
What number of makers and musicians are you anticipating to go to this yr?
“Through the occasion, we could have 44 violinmakers and 10 bowmakers exhibiting their work.
We attempt to choose the perfect makers from world wide in addition to up-and-coming makers.
We count on round 1000 guests, starting from soloists, orchestral musicians, chamber gamers, academics, collectors, and beginner lovers.
The guests are welcome to attempt any of the devices and bows, all of which might be bought on the exhibition or at our workplace following the occasion”
What do you anticipate as a number of the highlights?
“This yr, one of many highlights of our occasion would be the kickoff live performance, giving viewers members an opportunity to listen to exhibited devices performed by skilled musicians and to get the musicians’ impressions and suggestions.
We’re very excited concerning the degree of violinmakers and bow makers, because the workmanship and sound improves yearly.
The makers this yr embody many award winners from numerous violin and bow making competitions, in addition to college students from the Chicago Faculty of Violin Making led by Antoine Nedelec”
Why is there nonetheless a mentality that ‘outdated is healthier’- and the way do you’re feeling that is altering?
“I actually see a renaissance occurring with violin and bow making at the moment.
I’ve seen that live performance artists are performing increasingly with their modern devices as opposed to their older devices as a result of the extent of up to date violin and bow making has reached such an unimaginable degree.
Generally, the mentality of ‘outdated is healthier’ could also be true as a result of the good masterpieces have historical past, provenance and fantastic thing about tone that’s nearly unattainable to breed. Having labored as a restorer and seller of outdated devices my entire life, it’s exceptional how these devices have withstood the check of time. Nevertheless, modern devices and bows have a sure freshness to them. They’re massive and shiny and are ready to be within the fingers of an awesome musician who can develop them to the fullest potential. I’m proud to say that these modern devices are definitely worthy of consideration.