THE MAKERS' FORUM
PLATFORM DEDICATED TO THE
MAKING OF CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTS AND BOWS
violin and bow maker
A trained violist, Thérèse Girard received in 1980 a Canada Art Council grant to study at the International School of stringed instruments making in Cremona, Italy (I.P.I.A.L.L.). In 1984 she obtained her diploma under Wanna Zembelli. While in Italy, she also studied bow-making with Maestro Giovanni Lucchi. In addition to making and restoring stringed instruments and their bows, Thérèse Girard specializes in the engraving of frogs and buttons, a technique learned from Master Jeweller (Aristide Tira). In 1992, she was commissioned to make a cello bow to be part of the permanent collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilisations. Thérèse Girard works closely with luthier Jean-Benoît Stensland. Mc Gill University owns in its collection a baroque quartet from their making.