Raph Hurwitz

TALK – The evolution of the bow and the potential of the instrument in the right hand

Mon 5th Aug 2024, 4:00pm
SS24

The evolution of the bow and the potential of the instrument in the right hand

Raph Hurwitz

The talk will cover the evolution of the violin bow from its beginnings as a simple tool, to the expressive paintbrush that it is today. Starting back in Mirecourt, we will discover why the lace industry was so influential in the bow’s development, how one violin-maker changed the entire industry, and the future of bow making today. There will also be a chance for the players to involve themselves in a workshop environment where they can see how a simple stick of wood can completely change the sound of the instrument, exploring flexibility, wood choice, dimensions, and camber.

Raph Hurwitz is a world renowned violin bow dealer and expert in the world of string instruments. With decades of experience, he has established himself as a trusted authority in the industry, specialising in educating, consulting, and trading fine instruments and bows. His passion for the world of stringed instruments has led him to foster close relationships with musicians, collectors, and institutions worldwide, earning him a reputation for integrity and professionalism. With a particular emphasis on bows (an often underestimated component) he illuminates their pivotal role in unlocking the full expressive potential of the instrument in the hands of performers.

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