Rolland's concept of sound and playability
Rolland bows are made with a particular sensation at
playing in mind, a definite tone and a specific
musicality. Benoît Rolland works closely with
Musicians and personally meets with each of his
The bows reflect Rolland’s experience in music,
his bow making concept applied to selected
woods, but also best reveals the presence of the
performer. Each bow has a soul and a history.
Benoît Rolland often says:
“A bow is not born until it is played. I know that my task is accomplished when a musician forgets the bow in her or his hand, and only feels the music.”
Over the past years, Rolland continued refining his
concept of sound in a bow. He is now able to predict
it and design a bow that will generate a determined
range of sensations and vibrations (sound spectrum) in
interaction with the instrument.
He also increased the capacity of the bow at playing,
its versatility for achieving difficult bowings.
The volume of sound projected without loosing any of
the musical articulation and quality is a noted
feature in Rolland’s bows. Benoît Rolland regularly
meets with soloists and concertmasters in symphonic
halls to test and compare bows.
With the musician at the studio
Receiving the Musicians by appointment only, Benoît
takes time to dialogue with each of them individually
and studies their playing styles as well as their
Benoît Rolland listens to each of his Clients’s project
and to their own approach to music. He pays attention
to particular demands and, if possible, helps with
shortening delays of commissions.
It is important to come at the Studio in order for
Benoît Rolland to listen to you and dialogue with you.
You will be able to try the bows then available, but
the goal will be mostly to determine with Benoît
the type of bow that you need.
Communicating through your recording
If it is not possible for you to visit the Studio and
you wish to commission a bow, Benoît Rolland can study
your playing from a recording (audio CD or DVD).
Benoît , who has perfect pitch and musical practice,
trained himself to visualize with extreme precision
the playing style of a performer while listening to an
Commissioning a bow
Commissioning a bow does not imply an increased cost:
designing each bow for an individual Musician, more
than a service offered by Benoît Rolland, is a
pleasure that he likes to share with his Clients.
Collectors may commission bows with a different
perspective: it may be the creation of an art piece
with exclusive features (in the design or adornment of
the frog, for instance); it may be commissioning a
body of work (a quartet for example); it may be for
keeping an exceptional bow unplayed, as a
reference for the future: such projects reach high investment
values in time.
For Benoît Rolland to schedule the making of your bow,
we simply ask for 10% deposit of the agreed price. For
more details, please call or e-mail the Studio.
A certificate of authenticity accompanies each new
Benoît Rolland likes to check each new bow after the
first year of playing. This service is part of your
purchase price. After your purchase, you are always
welcome to contact us with questions.
In their diversity, it seems that musicians playing
Rolland bows share a certain approach of life and
music, where devotion to art, and human generosity
have a great part. We thank them for their confidence.