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Carl F. Becker 1919 - 2013

Carl F. Becker

It's with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Carl F. Becker, who passed away peacefully in Chicago on Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

For many of us, Carl epitomized the ideal that every violinmaker strives to be: totally dedicated to the craft, always striving for perfection, and unwilling to compromise the quality of his work under any circumstances. He and his father, Carl Sr., were the deans of American violin making-and together-they set a very high standard for the craft.


Biography from the Carl Becker & Sons, Ltd. website

Christopher Germain
President Violin Society of America
Violin Society of America

(posted 1/31/2013)



Announcing the Second China International Violin Making and Bow Making Competition.


Sept. 7-21, 2013 Bejing, China


Dear Sir / Madam:


I, Prof. Zheng Quan, on behalf of the Competition Committee, am very pleased to invite your participation in The Second China International Violin Making & Bow Making Competition, being held in Beijing in September of this year.


Endorsed and approved by the Chinese Government authorities, The Competition will run from Sep. 7 to 21, 2013, in the Central Conservatory of Music. Renowned violinmaker masters and famous musicians will form the Jury.
The competition will include seven categories: violin, viola, cello and their bows, and also double bass bows. The Gold medal award for each category will include an honorary certificate, a gold medal and a cash prize for which the instrument or bow will be purchased by the Organizing Committee. Silver and Bronze awards will be an honorary certificates and a Silver or a Bronze medals.


Award-winning instruments will also be played in the awards concert conducted by a top-class symphony orchestra in the China National Centre for the Performing Arts.


Please login to the website: for more information and a copy of the online application.


Zheng Quan
The Organizing Committee
The Second China International
Violin Making & Bow Making Competition

(posted June 14, 2013)


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