Benoit Rolland evolved the classical bow and now he has brought his innovation to another kind of instrument.
By Benoît Rolland
Benoît Rolland has evolved the conductor baton in the same spirit he did the classical bow. Taking a centuries-old object that was still today barely a bulb, Benoît has made it an instrument for music fitted to the conductor’s hand.
and John Williams
“baton in rehearsal” – robert whalen, conductor
About Benoît Rolland
For Benoît Rolland, innovation has been a constant part of his work. He makes bows for violin, viola and cello. He listens to musicians individually and to their instrument, designing each bow for a specific playing style and sound. His improvements to the bow as well as fundamental inventions contribute to the traditional wood bow and also to synthetic bows. Benoît continues his research on substitutive materials.
Creating fine bows is not a mere matter of craftsmanship, but a capacity to design into a unique piece of wood both responsiveness to a musician’s style and to the instrument. Each good bow is a sculpture in movement and a musical concept.
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