MacArthur Fellowship 2012
In October 2012, Benoît Rolland was honored to receive a MacArthur Fellowship that recognizes " talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and
dedication in their creative pursuits, and a marked capacity for self-direction".
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful
Benoît will continue dedicating his life and resources to music, and to the preservation and advancement of bow making. His life-long commitment to peace and
the progress of justice feels "at home" with the MacArthur mission. His deepest thanks go to the Foundation and to all the Musicians who inspired and encouraged
his work along more than forty years. "A bow is complete when a musician plays it".
Evolving the classical Bow: Galliane
In 2013-14, the first Galliane™ frogs will become available to all strings musicians.
Concluding seven years of tests and prototyping, Benoît Rolland brought his invention to a fine manufacturing process, now in the care of Walter Paulus GmbH,
maker of bow frogs of high quality since four generations, in Germany. Galliane is patented and a trademark.
The Galliane concept is simple: setting the hair at an ergonomic angle at the frog. The new frog is designed to follow the performer's natural arm movement
and serve better the strings playing technique.
The violin bow's fundamental design has remained static since the end of the 18th century, when its form was first created by Francois-Xavier Tourte, in Paris.
Designed to allow violinists, violists, cellists and bassists to play with greater ease and comfort, the new 'Galliane' bow represents one of the most significant
changes in the history of the form of the bow. Yumi Okada, winner of the Soloist Competition of Japan, calls the bow "ergonomic... simply revolutionary... the new bow
has the ability to produce great music, and transform classical music in a progressive way."
We salute Musicians' remarkable initiatives for greater social justice while trusting the strength and future of classical music. Musicians together invest their
time, talent, names, resources in original initiatives that prove powerful results.
To cite only a few of these passionate endeavors, worldwide and in the greater Boston:
Anne Sophie Mutter's Foundation which generosity extends beyond the music world
Music for Food Boston, Kim Kashkashian, Professors and students at the New England Conservatory of Music who offer the power of music in the fight against hunger
in our neighborhoods; and in Rochester, Carol Rodland
Heartbeats, Lynn Harrell and Helen Nightengale, who care for children around the world http://www.heartbeatsforchildren.org/
Community Music Works, with Sebastian Ruth helps transform our urban communities through teaching and sharing music
Next to musicians, a community of music and art lovers acts everyday to improve our world. Among them:
Community Supported Film, Michael Sheridan, who gives a voice to isolated and rejected communities, allowing them to tell their own story
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Jim Grace in Massachusetts who often "saved the day" and allow artists to continue their work.