Isabelle Wilbaux

violin maker

Born (1965) and raised in the ancient, culturally-rich city of Tournai, Belgium, Master Luthier Isabelle Wilbaux has been crafting her signature violins, violas, and cellos for more than three decades. 

Musicians always comment on the power, warmth and beauty of tone in her instruments. This tone is the result of thousands of hours of research, experimentation, and hard work. Her instruments give players what they want most: an extraordinarily rich, balanced and sonorous palette of colours to work with.

Wilbaux received her diploma in 1988 from the International Violin Making School in Cremona, Italy. She went on to study for several years with Philippe Bodart in Besançon (France) and Jose-Maria Lozano in Madrid. She then opened her own workshop, first in Tournai, then in Brussels, and finally in Montreal, where she has thrived since 1998.


Prizes and awards include:


  • The Violin Society of America – Silver medal for tone (violin), 2004

  • The Violin Society of America – Various prizes for tone and workmanship: violins, violas and quartets, between1998 and 2018

  • Concours international de lutherie et d’archèterie de la ville de Paris – Bronze medal, violin, 1999

  • Fondation belge de la vocation prize, 1995

  • Cremona Triennale International – Three prizes, including the Sacconi Prize, viola, 1994

  • Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition – Prize for best tone, violin, 1993


She is a member of

  • the American Federation of violin and bow makers

  • Entente Internationale des Luthiers et Archetiers

  • Violin Society of America

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