Eric Gagne

Bow Maker

The joy of playing, the exploration of sound, artistic creation: these are among the many leitmotifs that guide my work. The musician should feel as though the bow is an extension of his body. This is what I seek to accomplish.

As a lover of music, an admirer of fine materials, and as one who has always been fascinated by those with manual expertise, I naturally embraced the métier of bowmaker. I worked for several years in France in the company of Blaise Emmelin, and after in Brussels at  “Maison Bernard” for Pierrre Guillaume. Here, driven by a respect for traditional bowmaking techniques, I was also trained in the art of bow restoration.

Inspired by a background founded on respect and knowledge of traditional bowmaking practices, it gives me great pleasure knowing that my creativity serves to foster the creativity of the musician. Based in Montreal, I create bows for violin, viola, cello and bass – a sampling of which I invite you to discover in the following pages.

Awards

  • 2 Certificates of Merit at the International Violin and Bowmaking  Competition for a violin bow and for a cello bow, VSA, 2018.

  • 2 Certificates of Merit at the International Violin and Bowmaking  Competition for a viola bow and for a cello bow, VSA, 2016.

  • 2 Certificates of Merit at the International Violin and Bowmaking Competition for a violin bow and a cello bow, VSA, 2014.

  • «Certificat de Finaliste» for a cello bow at the International Competition of Cello and Bowmaking, VioloncellenSeine,  Paris 2012.

 

Distinctions

  • 2 «Certificate of Merit» pour son archet de violin ainsi que son archet de violoncelle, Compétition Internationale de Lutherie et d’Archeterie, VSA, 2018.

  • 2 «Certificate of Merit» pour son archet d’alto ainsi que son archet de violoncelle, Compétition Internationale de Lutherie et d’Archeterie, VSA, 2016.

  • 2 «Certificate of Merit» pour son archet de violon ainsi que son archet de violoncelle, Compétition Internationale de Lutherie et d’Archeterie, VSA, 2014.

  • Certificat de Finaliste pour son archet de violoncelle au  Concours International de Lutherie et d’Archeterie deVioloncellenSeine, Paris, 2012