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The Etienne Vatelot competition organized by City of Paris's is an international award aimed at perpetuating craft skills, promoting training for young makers of stringed instruments and bows, and encouraging tomorrow's artisans. The first competition in 2004 attracted 280 instruments and bows from 38 countries.
The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supported the 2011 edition of the Etienne Vatelot competition, regarded as the world's premier constest for stringed instrument and bow makers. In November 2011, some 350 superb musical instruments were presented to a jury of stringed-instrument and bow makers, and renowned international musicians. Instruments were shortlisted for the quality of their craftsmanship, and submitted to the jury for a final musical test.
The awards were presented on November 21, 2011 and followed by a public exhibition of the winning instruments and bows in the City Hall of Paris's 9th arrondissement. In late November, musicians from the jury played the winning instruments at a concert in Paris City Hall: Anne Gastinel (cello), Sarah Nemtanu (violin), Michel Michalakakos (viola), Renaud Dejardin (cello) and Thierry Barbé (double bass). This celebratory event will be followed by a promenade concert of solos, duos, trios and quartets at Paris's Musée de la Musique (at the Cité de la Musique), and an exhibition at the museum in January 2012.
Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris, Awards 2011
Violin: Philippe Mahu (France)
Viola: Marcus Klimke (Germany)
Cello: Peter Goodfellow (Australia)
Double bass: Richard Gonon (France)
Violin: Morgan Andersen (U.S.A.)
Viola: Gary Leahy (Ireland)
Cello: Matthew Wehling (U.S.A.)