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Born in Paris, France 1954, he now lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. To date, Benoît Rolland has made 1,950 Pernambuco bows by hand and around 1,500 carbon fiber bows have been made in his workshop. He has trained apprentices, and shares his knowledge in articles and  lectures on bow making.

2019: Presented on bowmaking and music at the BSO Tanglewood Learning Institute, Linde Center.

2017: Bestowed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

2016-17: Designed a new type of orchestra conducting baton.

2015: Made bow #1500.

2012: Awarded MacArthur Fellow, recognizing "talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits".

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

2004: Featured at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston: "Bowmaking as Art".

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

1996: Awarded Patrimonialis Prize, Foundation for French Patrimony, Paris.

1994: Awarded First International Prize Musicora, Paris for inventing Spiccato™ carbon fiber bow.

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

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

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

1973: Graduated from Mirecourt School of Bow Making, under Bernard Ouchard.

1970: Awarded Prize of the Conservatoire de Paris in music theory.

1968: Awarded Prize of the Conservatoire de Versailles in violin.

1965: Awarded Prix Leopold Bellan in violin.

Benoit's atelier in Paris, 1979

Lord Yehudi Menuhin's testimonial

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