Now recognized as one of the three major events of its kind, the VSA competition is held biennually and offers
the opportunity for makers from all countries to compete.
Beginning in 1975, and on every even-numbered year since 1976, we have staged international competitions of
violins and bows. These events have gained universal respect as being among the best-run and most objective
competitions of their kind. Over the years, the judges have included most of the world's distinguished luthiers and bow makers, and
many of today's most promising and respected new luthiers gained their first recognition by winning gold medals at a
During the judging period, lectures, discussions and open forums are held for everyone's enjoyment. Frequently instruments by past winners or new instuments are exhibited for study and examination. Our commercial exhibits feature
most of the world's leading suppliers of violin and bow making materials and accessories, strings, cases, books and other
merchandise of interest to both the maker and player. Once the judging has been completed, the competition rooms
are open to all in attendance so that everyone has the opportunity to see and play the outstanding instruments
and bows presented.