This instrument is part of our fifth annual Contemporary American Makers Exhibition, 2022
EVAN ORMAN began his musical studies as a cellist, starting at 10 years old. He grew up in a musical household and had early experiences with woodworking (in addition to being an acclaimed printmaker, his father built a number of violins, violas, and guitars).
After attending the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Banff Centre, and the New England Conservatory of Music, he embarked on a career in music. Having been fascinated by instrument-making for many years, Evan eventually focused his attention on bows and bowmaking.
Evan has attended the Oberlin Bowmaking Workshop regularly since 1999 and has been a tutor at the West Dean College (UK) bowmaking and restoration short courses. He is currently the bowmaker and a business partner at Denver Violins.
Evan is a member of the British Violin Making Association and the Violin Society of America. He is also the acting president of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers.