VISITING INSTRUMENT AND BOW MAKER (June 22 - July 7)
YAIR HOD FAINAS, luthier
Born in Jerusalem, Yair currently creates violins, violas and cellos in the center of Paris, France. His instruments are owned by renowned musicians including Judith Ingolfsson, Dimitri Maslennikov, Adrien Boisseau (Ebène Quartet), Emil Rovner, Sebastien Hurtaud, Jan Orawiec, and other key players in the world’s leading orchestras.
Since an early age Yair was enthralled by music. At the age of 17 he made the decision to build quartet instruments as a profession and his life became intertwined with music and musicians. He started his apprenticeship in Israel with master violin maker Gregory Shteinas and then, after serving in the Israeli army, entered the famous national French violin making school, Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, in Mirecourt, where he obtained a "Diplôme de métier d'Art" (summa cum laude).
Yair is pursues the balance between tonal qualities and sound projection when making his instruments. He also regularly works with scientists from IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) and CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) on the forefront of research concerning violin family projects and developments.
Delphine Petitjean, bowmaker
Of Belgian origin, Delphine Petitjean currently lives and works in the heart of Paris.
Delphine first discovered her passion for music through her professional training in ballet. After studying wood sculpture in the class of Philippe Feron and restoration of fine furniture in the workshop of Daniel Avon, « Compagnons du Devoir du tour de France », she entered the renowned school of Mirecourt where she studied violin making. There she discovered the significant influence of the bow on the violin sound and its paramount importance for the musician. Ever since, she has dedicated herself to creating bows in the refined French tradition of the bow makers. She received training from Edwin Clement for 2 years, simultaneously following studies at the Parisian jewelry making school.
Today, the fusion of these different professions allows her to create personalized bows for professional, passionate and demanding musicians.
OFFICIAL PIANO TECHNICIAN
Jeffery Krill is the official piano technician of Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland International Piano Competition, and The Cleveland Orchestra