Our Spokepersons

Andrew Wan

Concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Member of the New Orford Quartet
Schulich School of Music at McGill University

“I am deeply committed to promoting the craftsmanship and excellent work of these Canadian string instrument makers and am extremely proud to have been a part of this project since its inception three years ago.  The forum gives a wonderful opportunity to hear and play on fine modern instruments that are, in many cases, comparable to their more expensive, older counterparts.”

Jonathan Crow

Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Member of the New Orford Quartet
Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Toronto

“I am honoured to be a supporter and a partner of the Makers’ Forum and am excited to help support wonderful Canadian artisans. The Forum is a special opportunity to bring together great luthiers and wonderful musicians – both young and experienced – giving a chance for new instruments to sing, and bringing about a unique blend of art and music. I am proud to be part of this fantastic intitiative supporting luthiers across Canada .”

Frédéric Lambert

Member of the Molinari Quartet
Viola Professor at CÉGEP de Sherbrooke, Université
de Sherbrooke, UQAM and McGill University
Cultural Columnist on Ici Radio-Canada Première

“It is with immense pleasure that I take part in this Forum. These events are not only necessary, but it also brings the best makers in the country to the forefront. It is fascinating to witness how full days of stimulating activities can yield the most important asset to musicians : connections. The exchanges between musicians, violin and bow makers help in this magnificent quest : finding the instrument that suits us most.”