Joanne Van Bosterhaut

Violin Maker

 

Joanne Van Bosterhaut began her musical apprenticeship at a young age through playing the cello. In 2005, while studying Musicology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles where her master’s degree ended with the thesis entitled “The introduction of the violoncello to 18th century Brussels; a look at construction methods and also compositions for cello and bass continuo”.

 

She started training as a violin maker at the Centrum voor muziekinstrumentenbouw in Puurs, Belgium.

 

In 2013, she joined the Atelier Flagey in Brussels with the violinmaker Catherine Janssens, and with Robert Pierce, Blaise Emmelin, Daoudi Hassoun and Victor Bernard, all bow makers.

 

She is a founding member of Ekho, created in 2014, an association dedicated to the promotion of contemporary instrument making. Her masters degree already anticipates her interest in the relationship between musical composition for strings and the evolution of violin making. The relationship between violin maker and musician is fundamental in the evolution of her research on sonority and in the development of the player-comfort of her instruments.
 

Joanne Van Bosterhaut furthered her training with well known violin makers such as Isabelle Wilbaux (Montreal), Philippe Van Geffel (Brussels), Lorenzo Frignani (Modena), Tanguy Fraval (Britain) and Francis Kuttner (Cremona). In 2016, Fondation Roi Baudoin awarded her a scholarship in the framework of the “Platform for Education and Talent”. 

 

She is members of ALADFI (association des luthiers et archetiers pour le développement de la facture instrumentale) and UAP ( Union des artisans du patrimoine).

 

Contact

Atelier Flagey

Rue Antoine Labarre, 43

B - 1050 Bruxelles

T +32 2 513 32 55

vanbosterhaut.lutherie@gmail.com

www.atelierflagey.com

www.ekho-violins.com

Victor Bernard

Bow Maker

 

At 20 years old, he crossed the Channel to study violin making at the Newark School of Violin Making from where he graduated in 2008.

Passionate about bow making, he joined Maison Bernard in Brussels the same year to work under Pierre Guillaume’s expertise in bow making and restoration where he was able to develop his taste for antique bows and develop his expertise.

 

In 2014, he joined the Atelier Flagey in Brussels and work alongside with violinmakers Catherine Janssens and Joanne Van Bosterhaut.

 

Victor is a member of Ekho, an association created for the promotion of contemporary violin and bow making.

In 2014, he received a grant from the Marcel Vatelot Foundation to help him develop his workshop and prepare international bow making competitions.

 

He gained further work experiences with bowmakers Georges Tepho, Eric Fournier, Eric Grandchamp in Britany and Noel Burke, Robert Morrow, Stéphane Thomachot at the Banrty Festival and Emmanuel Carlier in Paris.

 

Awards

 

  • VSA Violin Society of America (2018) : 

Certificat of Merit – violin,viola and cello 

Gold medal- bass

  • International Bow making Competition Mittenwald, Germany (2018):

Silver medal - viola, Silver medal - cello

  • VSA Violin Society of America (2016) : Certificat du Mérite - archet de violon

  • Viola’s 2016: Coup de Coeur from Geneviève STROSSER

  • VSA Violin Society of America (2014): Certificat of Merit - violin

  • International Bow making Competition Mittenwald, Germany (2014): Gold medal - viola, Bronze medal - cello

  • Violoncelle en Seine, Paris (2012): Finalist Certificat

 

 

Contact

Atelier Flagey

Rue Antoine Labarre, 43

B - 1050 Bruxelles

T +32 2 513 32 55

victorbernard.archetier@gmail.com

www.victorbernard.fr

www.atelierflagey.com

www.ekho-violins.com