Latest News and Gossip

Here we pass on some news and gossip about the artists, luthiers, bow makers and publications which might interest our true and loyal fans! All news and gossip are first-hand information, which we cannot guarantee 100% to be genuine, but till now the vast majority proved more than true …

May 2017, NEWSfrom Cologne 

A second group is being formed now for another 18 Ivory mounted bows. As in the first group we will mix extremely well known makers with less known makers, but all have in common the same passion to do something to support baby elephants!

We welcome for the second Volume on board:

Murat Ufuk Güler (Izmir), cello bow

Sylvain Bigot (Lyon), viola bow

Mathias Wohlleber (Berlin), cello bow

Emmanuel Bégin (Montreal),

Eric Fournier (Montreal),

Eric Gagné (Montreal),

Peter Richtarik (Bratislava), transitional bow

Renato Casara (João Neiva), cello bow

Wellington Imberti (João Neiva),

Daoudi Hassoun (Sers)

Henry Guerra (Paris/Brasil), cello bow

Gaetan Dariel (Besançon)

Tibor Kovacs (Paris), violin bow

and we can report gratefully that Josef P. Gabriel is  enthousiastic that, although already having participated in Vol. One and donated a viola bow, he is accepted to make another bow, this time an ivory and silver mounted violin bow!

May 2017, NEWSfrom Cologne 

The 2015 Darling Ivory Project has been successfully ended with the adoption for 7 years for each of the 18 baby African elephants, which were financed by 18 donated bows by 18 bow makers. The bows, made with legally purchased ivory had frogs from the very same tusk and pre CITES (1974)  and each bow was delivered with CITES certification for the frog, button and tip. Although the elephant for sure did not die naturally and was with certainty poached illegally (before 1974), we still think it is still the most respectful final destination for the ivory, which will be treated and cared for many years to come as part of treasured bows for instruments of the violin family.

Here some images:

Josephine Thomachot, Paris:

Harm Bakker, Amsterdam:

Josef Gabriel, Erlangen:

Vladimir Mukhin, Moscow:

Victor Bernard, Brussels:

Ulf Johansson, Harlösa:

Dirk Löscher, Barcelona:

Dominic Wilson, Brussels:

Arthur Dubroca, Paris:

Boris Fritsch, Paris:

Emmanuel Carlier, Paris:

Alexandre Aumont, Paris:

Kees van Hemert, The Hague:

Andreas Grütter, Amsterdam:

APRIL 2017, NEWSfrom Cologne and Frankfurt

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APRIL 2017, NEWSfrom Cologne and Frankfurt

click here for large pdf:   frankfurt letter

May 2016, NEWSfrom Cologne and Amsterdam

The 1st Darling International Bow Making Competition-Amsterdam 2016

some comments from violinist.com:

http://www.violinist.com/blog/hkurzbauer/20165/19515/

great pictures from Ben Bonouvrier from Amsterdam:

http://www.bonouvrier.nl/darlingcuvee2016

The Winners of the 15 Grand Prix Awards

Each maker could send in maximum 2 bows, either for violin, viola or cello, so can earn maximum 2 awards from each jury member.

Alexandre Aumont

– The Tibor Kovacs-Grand Prix for Cello Bow

Emmanuel Bégin 

– The Tibor Kovacs-Grand Prix for Violin Bow

– The Eric Fournier-Grand Prix for Violin Bow

– The Robert Morrow-Grand Prix for Cello Bow

Bernd Etzler 

– The Eric Fournier-Grand Prix for Viola Bow

The Pierre Nehr-Grand Prix for Violin Bow

Eric Fournier

The Robert Morrow-Grand Prix for Violin Bow

The Bernd Etzler-Grand Prix for Violin Bow

The Robert Morrow-Grand Prix for Viola Bow

The Bernd Etzler-Grand Prix for Viola Bow

Boris Fritsch

– The Tibor Kovacs-Grand Prix for Viola Bow

Tibor Kovacs

The Eric Fournier-Grand Prix for Cello Bow

The Bernd Etzler-Grand Prix for Cello Bow

Cody Kowalski

The Pierre Nehr-Grand Prix for Viola Bow

The Pierre Nehr-Grand Prix for Cello Bow

Judges

B. Etzler

 

R. Morrow

 

T. Kovacs

 

E. Fournier

 

P. Nehr

winning violin bow 64 Fournier 64 Fournier 25 Bégin 25 Bégin 60 Etzler
winning viola bow 65 Fournier 65 Fournier 45 Fritsch 61 Etzler 58 Kowalski
winning cello bow 26 Kovacs 24 Bégin 48 Aumont 26 Kovacs 59 Kowalski

The Winners of the 7 Players (and $$$$ !) Awards

cello Michael Veit choice I Gabriel
choice II Strumphler final round of playability favorites: Dirr, Hietbrink
viola Cheryl Swoboda choice I Carlier
choice II Löscher final round of playability favorites: Etzler, Fournier
violin Rudolf Nottrott choice I Fournier
choice II Fuchs final round of playability favorites: Gabriel, Pierre Nehr
violin Klaus Giebels choice I Slaviero, Luca
choice II Wilson
cello Eva Böcker choice I Aumont
choice II Kowalski final round of playability favorites: Wilson, Begin, Kovacs, Mukhin
violin Rachel Buquet choice I Grandchamp
choice II Gabriel final round of playability favorites: Wilson
violin Teriyoshi Shirata choice I Sasano
choice II Camurat

The 5 Marie-Pierre Delaruelle Awards

Cody Kowalski    Youngest Participant of the Competition
Mitsuaki Sasano    Oldest Participant of the Competition
Paul Goh    Best Competition Participant from Singapore
Vladimir Mukhin    Best Competition Participant from Russia
Dominic Wilson Best Competition Participant from England

The Shirakawa Award for the best Ivory bow of the 18 ivory mounted bows of the 2015 Darling Ivory Project

Ulf Johansson, Sweden

The Shirakawa Rice Cooker Award for the most helpful Bowmaker from the participants of the Competition (this was the most desired Award!)

Harm Bakker, The Netherlands

The 3 Kaaskop Awards, chosen by Harm Bakker in name from almost all Dutch Bowmakers

Murat Ufuk Güler    Best Competition Participant from Turkey
Kaspar Pankow    The thinnest Participant from the Competition who might be in need for supplementary food.
Andy Lim    Best potential Bowmaker of the room
February 2016, NEWSfrom Cologne and Amsterda

As it is indeed quite strange why in Amsterdam never any important Exhibition or event concerning Contemporary Bows was ever organized, although the publisher of the books about Contemporary Bows was grown up in Amsterdam? A question very often asked to the publisher of Darling Publications (moi!). As I heard that some former attempts before and by others were unfortunately not* very successful, as from the 3 only well known foreign Bow makers who confirmed to come, 2 did not show up and the one who  did come did not take any recently made bow…(?). The Dutch makers were put up in the basement where hardly anybody visited them, which is understandable as musicians know them already and can chat at the next rehair appointment… But there were some panel discussions about old bows as I understood.

So to fullfill all secret desires and public calls for such an event, here it is!  A must for actually all fans of Contemporary Bows (and their makers, as 35 of them are expected to be present at this highly recommended event!) and Contemporary Instruments of the Violin Family. Darling Publications is also announcing the first edition of the 1st Darling Contemporary Bow Making Competition which will take place on

  5-6-7 Mai 2016 in Amsterdam. (free entrance as allways at Cuvée Darling events!!!)

The very first time where such a significant event is of great relevance, as the very best makers followed the invitation of the big boss personally of Darling Publications to visit Amsterdam, where the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum, tulips and hopefully nice May weather will welcome about 30 of todays Bow makers and 30 of today´s Violin Makers (not to forget the many great musicians living in the Netherlands). Many of you only know the name from the makers, but never met them in person, so here the opportunity! More than 200 Contemporary bows will be exhibited, each exhibiting bow maker agreed to present at least one bow for sale, something rare to find today, as many have waiting lists. But it was the condition Darling Publications insisted on, and obviously successfully…

A large selection of today´s Contemporary violins, violas and cellos will be presented and played in several playing/listening sessions in the beautiful, just restored, Uilenburger Synagoge, in the typical nice and collegial athmosphere of which Cuvée Darling exhibitions are famed for, where a good glass of wine is a must during the sessions. (by the way, also before and after)

Two great locations, Splendor Amsterdam and The Uilenburger Synagoge, 100m walking distance from each other will host this event, finally a chance for those only hearing already years about the legendary big exhibitions and parties by Darling Publications in Paris and Cremona. Now for the first time inn Amsterdam, so this time it is your own fault if you miss it again… We take care of great bows, great instruments (and their makers), enough refreshments… the visitors for the good company!

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September 2015, NEWS …from Cologne and Cremona

2015 Invitation x3

January  2015, NEWS...from Cologne

Obviously the value of of the Darling Publications website is rising!

Just saw now the value of 4th January 2015:

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January  2015, NEWS...from Cologne

Just got a mail with a funny photo.

there it is shown what the value of the Darling Publications website is!! Look:

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November  2014, NEWS...from Cologne

We are happy to show here some images of the forthcoming book from Gerhard Winkler, here at the printing company Asmuth in Cologne: a 953 pages book with 40 plates of the fabulous fishes!

Gerhard Winkler fotografiert seit nunmehr 25 Jahren kontinuierlich Fische, in der Regel unmittelbar bevor er oder eine Person seines Vertrauens diese zum Verzehr zubereitet. Von den Aufnahmen stellt er später handkolorierte Silbergelatineabzüge her, wobei die Fische in ihrer jeweiligen Lebensgröße vor weißem Hintergrund abgebildet werden. Damit stellt er diese Werkreihe formal ganz bewusst in die Tradition der naturwissenschaftlich-künstlerischen Illustration.Durch die Verwendung seiner Lasurtechnik gelingen ihm mitunter Fotografien von frappanter Plastizität. Im Laufe der Jahre entstand so ein umfangreiches Archiv von mediterranen und atlantischen Speisefischen.

Gerhard Winkler has been photographing fish continually for more than 25 years now: and generally just before he, or a person of his trust, prepares them for eating. From his shots, he makes hand-coloured, silver gelatine prints, after photographing the fish in their natural sizes against a white background. In this way, he consciously situates his works formally in the tradition of artistic natural-scientific illustration. With his glazing technique, he creates photographs of astonishing vividness. Over the years, he has created an extensive archive of edible fish from the Mediterranean and the Atlantic in this way.

In November 2014 Gerhard Winkler’s novel Krakenkaufen (buying octopi) will be published. To coincide with the occasion, a special edition will be published in a circulation of 40 copies at a price of 280 € each. It includes the book, containing approx. 980 pages and approx. 50 full page colour charts, as well as a hand-coloured silver-gelatine print on barium paper.  Potential buyers can choose from a framed print of Sardine No. VI or the Small Dragon’s Head in 24 x 30 cm format.

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September  2014, NEWS...from Cremona, Mondomusica 2014

After last year experience, Andy Lim, first time since 2006 is visiting the Mondomusica not as an exhibitor, but as an ordinary visitor. Funnily this year treated unexpectedly very well (?!):

Mondo VIP

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September  2014, NEWS...from Cremona, Palazzo Trecchi, Sala dei Violini

After this year´s overwhelming presentation and reception of the two monographies by Darling Publications on two exceptional Stradivari violins of his Golden Period – The Yoldi-Moldenhauer, 1714 (for the first time ever published) and The Tartini-Vogelweith, 1711 (edited by Solé Luthiers from Barcelona), we would like to thank our well respected visitors and exhibitors for their appreciated visit and enthusiastic participation.
The location was as our last year exhibition The Palazzo Trecchi in Cremona, a more than adequate buffet and „musical entertainment (?)“ were presented by Lark of London, the well known Musical Instruments Insurance broker of Lloyds at their MondoParty upstairs.

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Here we present our exhibiting guests:

The Violin
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Not just a violin, but a Stradivari violin of 1714, a most exceptional vintage in its 300th Anniversary year (1714-2014):
The Yoldi-Moldenhauer, 1714 which was never published and exhibited! (of course, till Darling Publications did it)

The Books

Two truly spectacular Monographies were presented, not to be compared with some other (tiny) publications popping up as monographies. The Darling Publications Monographies of the 1711 and 1714 Stradivari violins present the instrument in real full size and in 12 different angles. And if we mean full size, it means full size and not the scroll on another page! And as the growing crowd of violin makers finally start asking for imagers showing more three dimensional images, we present magnificent depth in the photographs by Søren Jonesen from Copenhagen. On several remarks why or who need this kind of publications, as experts don´t need reflections or sculptural images, there could be only the answer that black and white images fullfill that requirement probably better than the vast majority of wrong-coloured reference books! For the more gourmet quality & aesthetically minded, who not only can see but also appreciate the difference or do mind that the arched belly of a violin does not look like the table of a guitar, we have created these two bibliophile masterworks.
_DSC7854_2Andy Lim showing the 1711 Strad Monography to its editors Antoni Solé and his charming female company from Barcelona:  his  2 sisters Montserrat & Mercedes and his wife Irene.

_DSC7891_2A selection of Darling Publications books.
On the wall the pink hide of the highest Hermès quality goat leather waiting to be used for a De Luxe Stradivari Edition.

The Bows

Bows by the following 9 Contemporary Makers were exposed, amoung them some Gold Medals, Silver Medals and Certificate of Merit winning bows of the recent Mittenwald and VSA Competions (Bernd Etzler and Victor Bernard). Some makers were first time – but certainly not last time – exhibibitors at the famed Darling Publication shows. Additionally a selection of the Micro-Photo Lens Cello bows were on the separate display on the right.

– Harm Bakker from Amsterdam
– Victor Bernard from Brussels
– Bernd Etzler from Hungary

– Josef P. Gabriel from Germany
– Eero Haahti from Helsinki
– Ulf Johansson from Sweden

– Dirk Löscher from Barcelona
– Vladimir Mukhin from Moscow
– Mitsuaki Sasano from France
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The Cello

A cello, started last year at Palazzo Trecchi in the „Sala dei Violini“ by 7 talented international students of the Newark, Mirecourt and Cremona Schools of Violin Making and finished in the white, under the supervision of Nicolas Gilles, Wolfram Neureither and Sebastian Zens, was presented this year in the very same room where the building of the cello started. Varnished by Nicolas Gilles, setup by Wolfram Neureither and finally played for the first time by Andy Lim himself.
All who saw and heard this instrument were utterly impressed! 4 of last year´s students were present, looking quite satisfied and collected deserved compliments. A truly multi-cultural Italian Cremonese Violoncello!
_DSC5646_22013: The cello in white. After 3 days. From scratch.

cello cremona 20142014: Andy Lim and the finished cello, great looks, great sound! great playing(? )-notice the incredibly rarely seen parallel bowing angle!

The Camera

The CAPcam camera from Schaffhausen, Switzerland, a truly innovative technical camera with its revolutionary 3D-focussing software was invited as the special guest of Darling Publications. Comparable with the mind and drive of the great Antonio Stradivari to improve the already developped violin, the team of CAPcam (Computer Assisted Photography cam) revolutioned the use of the technical camera in a never before known precision and ease of use. Charlie Gfeller and Rolf Eigenheer succeeded after 4 years since its introduction at the Photokina 2010 to present at this year´s Photokina 2014 this fully and perfectly functioning camera. A mechanical perfection of focussing which simply cannot be reached with even by well made photographic gear, a good eye, steady hands and good intentions of the photographer.
Crowds of people around the camera, 3 meters away from the 1714 Stradivari attested its own fascination and frequent exclamations of admiration and astonishment could be heard at its demonstrations!
After the full size books of entire bows at 100% scale, photographed by the Linear Scanning Camera developped by Seitz of Switzerland exclusively for Darling Publications, we are pround to announce near-future projects and publications in co-operation with CAPcam, which enables us in the sphere of even more exceptional quality than already known from Darling Publications.

_DSC7748_2Knut V. Nielsen, the mastermind behind Phase One and known to the world as the image quality professor in their tutorials, in a professional talk with Rolf Eigenheer and Charlie Gfeller at the CAPcam stand, Photokina 2014, Cologne.

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july 2014, NEWS ...from Brussels, atelier FLAGEY II

Eric Fournier, Daoudi Hassoun, Victor Bernard and  a new kid on the bow block Dominique Wilson enjoying some Belgium beer after working hours …

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july 2014, NEWS …from Cologne and Brussels, atelier FLAGEY

Vladimir Mukhin from Moscow visited Darling Publications in Cologne, as Eric Fournier visited Brussels´Atelier Flagey and worked there for a week and his colleques Victor Bernard, Daoudi Hassoun were there too,  a spontaneous visit was the result.

here Daoudi, Victor, Eric, Andy with back headed decorative attachments & Vladimir:

Flagey 2014


 

april 2014, GOSSIP … Confucius says…

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Darling Publications seems to be again a big inspiration for violin photographers: after the presentation in Cremona 2013 by Darling Publications of spectacular images by Sören Jonesen from Copenhagen with the very first 80 Mega Pixel digital back from Phase One,  at the Palazzo Trecchi … _DSC1076 _DSC5384

…as well  simultaneous at the Mondomusica Fair of 12 amazing photos in 12 different angles, all of one and the same Stradivarius violin (from 1714 ) to be presented this year which is its 300th anniversary, we heard that soon we can expect similar images from other violin photographers. After years of explaining that we need more images from different angles, finally people start to copy this idea! A pity that photographers did not come up with this idea themselves, but better to finally copy good ideas of Darling Publications than not to do so!


 

june 2014, NEWS …from the 2014 Mittenwald International Violin and Bow Making Competition

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The Mittenwald competion 2014 turned out to have many bow maker finalists which are for many not yet really known. But …they were all exhibitors at the 2013 Cuvée Darling Palazzo Trecchi exhibition, so Darling Publications proved to have a good scouting talent nose…! And Christophe Collinet already participated in a Darling Publications project in 2009 (Munich).

From 9 Medals to be won 8 were awarded to bow makers, pubished and exhibited in Darling Publications books and exhibitions … Congratulations to them all!

3 medals: Bernd Etzler, Violin Gold Medal, Viola Silver Medal, Cello Silver Medal

2 medals: Victor Bernard, Viola Gold Medal, Cello Bronze Medal (violin 4th)

1 medal: Christophe Collinet, Cello Gold Medal

1 medal: David Hawthorne, Violin Silver medal

1 medal: Vladimir Mukhin, Violin Bronze Medal (viola 4th, cello 5th)

but also congratulations to Pierre Francois Pelloux from South Korea (who is this guy? what is he doing there?) with the Viola Bronze Medal!


april 2014, NEWS …Awards, many awards…

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Patrick Charton and Nicolas Gilles in Paris.

not less than 5 (!) awards were won by Nicolas Gilles from Montpellier in the Viola Biennale Lutherie Competition 2014 in Paris. Quite effective after sending in just one instrument! …

1. Prix du public, 

2. coup de cœur Michel Michalakakos, 

3. coup de cœur Ana Bela Chaves, 

4. coup de cœur Patrick Charton, 

5. coup de cœur Anne-Aurore Anstett

Congratulations Nicolas! Actually no need to mention that already in 2011 a nice monography about Nicolas Gilles (4 quartetts, 16 VSA awards 2004, 226, 2008, 2010) was presented by Darling Publications, but we still do!

http://www.darlingpublications.com/wp/?page_id=72