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A silver mounted pernambuco Viola bow by Doriane Bodart, made in June 2021.
Weight is 72 grams with a delicately even draw, focused and deep harmonic content, nimble handling, with a richly open projecting character in tone.
Born into a family of artists in 1972, Doriane Bodart is the granddaughter of the great sculptor Marcel Bodart, and her parents were both violin makers (luthiers). She learned her craft from world-renowned master bow-makers, acquiring during her years of apprenticeship the century-old techniques in the tradition of French bow-making. She has worked together with great masters such as Stephane Thomachot, Noel Burke, Charles Espey, Pierre Guillaume. She attended master classes at Oberlin (Ohio) and has participated in numerous exhibitions. For the past 4 years she was invited at the “Bellevilloise” bow exhibition, a grouping which brings together the greatest contemporary bow-makers.
She has regular invitations to exhibitions in Paris, Frankfort(Germany), Amsterdam (Netherlands),Zurich (Switzerland)and Cremona (Italy).
She recently won unanimously the First Price (« Grand Prix ») and a Special price for the sound, given by Jean-Charles Monciero (member of the jury, and violist) at the “international bow making competition, Viola’s 2019 in Paris”.
She chooses with great care the best Pernambuco wood, known for its excellence for bows. The name of Bodart is now renowned for its reliability, and high-quality workmanship. Doriane works from her beautiful Parisian studio in the famous Montparnasse district. Many gifted musicians use her bows, which are widely distributed abroad, in Vienna, the United States, Japan.
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