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Derek Wilson

Thursday, 28 March 2013

The violin maker tells us about his musical hero

Pieter can comment on how each bow reacts to every aspect of his playing style

Pieter Schoeman, the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s concertmaster, has greatly influenced my bow making in recent years. His success as both a performer and a teacher is inspirational, and his enthusiasm and organisational talent always make him a very welcome visitor to my workshop. Although W.E. Hill & Sons gave me fantastic training in craftsmanship and appreciating bow styles, feedback from great musicians is also an essential part of my work.

From the early process of making new bows and in the restoration of old ones, Pieter is the first to try them. He can explain his initial impressions in great detail and comment on how each bow reacts to every aspect of his playing style. This insight has proved invaluable in ensuring that the bows perform to the highest possible standard. We’ve been delighted that Pieter has been able to join us at British Violin Making Association (BVMA) events, to share his ideas and discuss with us the effects and implications as we gradually reduce the proportions of the bow until the final sizes have been achieved. Fortunately, Pieter enjoys this voluntary work.

 

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