New Italian Violas Exhibition In London

New Italian Violas Exhibition In London

2nd Nov – 30th Nov 2020

Contemporary viola making exhibition in London, featuring over 40 new Italian violas and 50 viola bows by the worlds finest living maker.

The Worlds best makers on show

From the 2nd – 30th November, 10 – 6pm , Monday – Saturday, Bishop instruments will host an exhibition of over 40 new Italian violas and 50 new viola bows by the worlds finest contemporary craftsmen.
From the capital of the viola making world, Cremona, Italy we host the “Antonio Stradivari Consortium of violin makers” who represent over 75 living makers as well as other Italian makers personally chosen by our director, Sean Bishop. Running alongside this will be a viola bow exhibition of the worlds finest bow makers, including Noel Burke, Jean-Pascal Nehr, Eric Grandchamp, Pierre Guillaume to name but a few.
Visit the exhibition, view and play the violas, try the bows! All are available for purchase.

Masterclass with violist Hartmut Rohde

Date: Monday 9th March 7-9pm
Venue: Bishop instruments & bows, 2 Hinde Street, London W1U 2AZ

Young violists from Junior Royal Academy of Music, Junior Royal College of Music, Junior Guildhall, Menuhin School, Junior Trinity Laban and Purcell School will be taking part.

Hartmut Rohde is one of the leading and most sought after European violists , renowned for his stylistic versatility and rhetorical perceptiveness. He is especially interested in bringing a historically informed approach to his interpretations of the classical, romantic and contemporary viola repertoire. Among Rhode’s regular chamber music partners are Janine Jansen, Christian Tetzlaff, Kolja Blacher, Lars Vogt and David Geringas. He holds a professorship at the University of the Arts Berlin, and is founding member of the renowned Mozart Piano Quartet which undertakes extensive worldwide tours.

As a violist he has performed at all the major prestigious international venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Berlin Festival, Ravina Festival USA etc .Concerto performances with major orchestras including Munich Symphony, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Bremen Philharmonic to name but a few. Rohde is also a conductor and has a large list of major orchestras and Chamber orchestras he has worked with.

As a Viola teacher Hartmut’s students have gone on to win auditions at major European Orchestras. He is currently a visiting Guest Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

Rohde plays on a fine viola by Ansaldo Poggi of Bologna, made in 1952 purchased from Bishop instruments & bows.

During the masterclass Sean Bishop will be giving a brief talk on this fine instrument.


Limited tickets (all free) contact:

Sean Bishop Is Awarded ‘Associate Of The Royal Academy Of Music’ Title At The Royal Academy Of Music

“I was extremely honoured and privileged this week to have been awarded the Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) title for my services to music as an instrument dealer. I studied viola at the Royal Academy of Music in London for a year in 1992 doing post graduate studies.
Of course it was obvious I would end up a violin dealer having sold the famous Prof. Erich Grunberg a violin bow in my first week.
I spent much of my free time (when not practising !) in the Luthier’s workshop – thanks David Rattray! – , whose wife would then become my shop PA in 2008 for 6 or so years!
I’m seen here with my wife, Sinead, whom I met in this very hall and our youngest of 4 children, Pierce.
It was a great event.”


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