In the first of two presentations by Canadian bowmaker François Malo, he will take us into his world and craft, discussing his autobiography, the history of French bowmakers, and the making of a bow from beginning to end.
Celebrated for his excellence in the French bowmaking tradition, Malo bows can be found in the hands of some of the finest instrumentalists in the world. Malo first studied under French bowmaker Jean Yves Matter, and continued his studies in Mirecourt, the French capital of violin and bowmaking for the last 200 years, where he further honed his craft under Gilles Duhaut. A third apprenticeship with famous Parisien maker Stephane Thomachot completed his training in the French bowmaking tradition, after which he apprenticed with New York bowmaker William Slachow in the late 1980s. In the late 1990s, Malo taught at the summer bowmaking camp in Oberlin, Ohio. He is currently a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bowmakers. Also a cellist, Malo earned a degree in cello performance from McGill University.
Malo's second presentation on Tuesday, June 26, will discuss and demonstrate his bows that have found their way into the hands of string players at Stanford and beyond.