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Born in Paris, France 1954. He lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.

2017: Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres

2012: MacArthur Fellowship, recognizing "talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits, and a marked capacity for self-direction"

2012-13: Creates Galliane™, first bow frog designed for the ergonomics of strings playing

2009: A Rolland bow was auctioned at a higher price than a historical bow (Sothesby's)

2004: "Bowmaking as Art", Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

1999: Creates the curriculum for the first bow making school in the United States

1996: First Prize Patrimonialis, Foundation for French Patrimony, Paris

1994: First International Prize Musicora, Paris for inventing Spiccato™ carbon fiber Bow

1983: Master of Art in Bow Making (Maitre archetier d'Art), Paris

1979: Best Artisan of France (Meilleur Ouvrier de France)

1980-82: Schola Cantorum, Paris, class of Pierre Doury : music composition

1970: Prize of the Conservatoire de Paris in music theory

1968: Prize of the Conservatoire de Versailles in violin

1965: Prix Leopold Bellan in violin

To date, Benoît Rolland has made 1, 800 Pernambuco bows by his hands and about 1,500 carbon fiber bows were made in his workshop.

He has trained 15 apprentices, several of whom already won recognition.

He publishes about bow making.







Benoit's atelier in Paris, 1979


Lord Yehudi Menuhin's testimonial
 

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