This instrument is part of our fourth annual Contemporary American Makers Exhibition.
Hear the cello played HERE
Isabelle Wilbaux has been crafting her violins, violas, and cellos for more than three decades. Today, some of the world’s most distinguished musicians play Wilbaux instruments.
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 – Various medals and prizes for tone and workmanship: violins, violas, cellos and quartets, between1998 and 2018.
Concours international de lutherie et d’archèterie de la ville de Paris – Bronze medal,
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
Member of :
2016: Silver medal for viola tone au concours de la VSA (Violin Society of America)
2016: Certificate of merit for tone for Quartet au concours de la VSA (Violin Society of America)
2012: Certificate of merit for cello workmanchip au concours de la VSA (Violin Society of America)
2003: Premier prix (violon) Concours international de l’École de lutherie du Mexique
1999: Médail de bronse (violon) au concours de lutherie de la ville de Paris (coll. Isabelle Wilbaux)