Born in Paris, France 1954. He lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.
2017: Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres
2016-17: Designs a new type of conductor baton. In 2016, bow #1515 replicating the 1500th bow, is auctioned in New York at record price.
2012: MacArthur Fellow, recognizing "talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits, and a marked capacity for
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.