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Alex l. Reza

VMAAI competition and Convention Oct. 15-19

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Hey all.  Hope OK to post this here, but this is coming up fast and anyone interested in entering, if you haven't already take a look.  Pablo Alfaro, Evan Smith and others have been hard at work.  There have been some exciting changes and additions.  Workmanship judge this year will be Jerry Pasewicz!  The violin tone judges will be familiar to some of those who have attended the Oberlin workshops.  Cristian Fatu and William "Bill" Wolcott add to the competition.  There will also be a Viola and Cello judge to be announced soon.  Here is a link to the bios and hope to see many Maestronet peeps there.    Judge Bios

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1 hour ago, Don Noon said:

Sounds good... hopefully I can have 2 violins done for this year.

Hope to see you there.  I am trying to finish a viola and hope to start a violin soon to have there :(  

There will also be some great items for the auction, thanks to several sponsors!!! 

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1 minute ago, Julian Cossmann Cooke said:

Thank you, Alex, for what you are doing through the VMAAI to support all of us in the trade.

Ahhh, thank you Julian. I like pics of your shop, looks lots different than when I last visited.  I have met so many good people like you and Don, and many others.  It is very enjoyable along with making instruments, I feel fortunate to do what I do for a living now.  

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We are a little over a month away and for those who do not know yet who the judges will be I will be updating.  For workmanship and varnish I think you guys may have heard of him  :)  That alone is worth getting there!!!

 

Jerry Pasewicz began his career making his first violin and bow in 1978. After spending time in violin making school, working in violin shops and owning his own shop, he was hired to direct the workshop at Shar Products in 1988. At Shar he worked alongside multiple award-winning violinmaker and former Weisshaar foreman David Burgess, gaining crucial experience in the restoration of violin and bows. In 1992, armed with this experience, he was hired as an instrument restorer at the famed Jacques Français Rare Violins in New York, under the direction of renowned restorer René Morel. In the Français workshop Mr. Pasewicz not only had the opportunity to work on the finest instruments and bows in existence, but also to work for some of the world’s finest musicians. He continued working under the direction of Maestro Morel for two and a half years, and continued doing work for Jacques Français until leaving Manhattan in 1998. During his time in New York, Jerry Pasewicz also had the honor of serving a bow making apprenticeship with multiple gold medal-winning maker David Samuels.

Mr. Pasewicz has been a participant in the Oberlin workshops since 1997. He has been a director and instructor in the bow making and restoration workshop at Oberlin since 2000, and has been on the faculty of the instrument set up workshop from 2004-2006.

Mr. Pasewicz has been a presenter and lecturer at The Violin Society of America conventions, has served as Vice President of the VSA from 2008-2014, and served as chairman of the VSA International Violin and Bow Makers Competition from 2006-2014.

Mr. Pasewicz has been a member of the The American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers since 1997, served on the Board of Governors from 2007- 2016, as Vice President 2009-2010, and as President of this organization from 2011- 2012.

Mr. Pasewicz Is a full member of the Entente Internationale des Luthiers et Archetiers (International Association of Violin and Bow Makers).

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