The construction of a singing instrument has fascinated Gideon Baumblatt and Mira Gruszow from the very beginning and brought them to Cremona at a young age. It’s their common starting point on a path that took them to very different places and experiences and eventually reunited them on this quest after many years.
While Mira Gruszow finished her diploma at the Scuola di Liuteria, Gideon Baumblatt completed his education at the Mittenwald school. Mira Gruszow spent several years with Isabelle Wilbaux in Montreal discovering the world of new making. Gideon Baumblatt, on the other hand, focused on restoration of old Italian instruments in different workshops in Mainz and London. When they reunited in Montreal, they decided very naturally to put all their skills together and commit themselves entirely to making new instruments.
Mira Gruszow and Gideon Baumblatt now live with their two children on the borders of Berlin next to a beautiful lake. They participate in exhibitions and workshops in Europe and North America. The quality of their work has been recognized with many international awards.
“In the beginning, we worked independently, but soon we realized how complementary our skills were and how we could learn from each other’s particular experiences. Since then, we have developed a way of working together on each instrument that leaves our workshop. Every instrument is planned by two minds and crafted by four hands. The infinite complexity of sound and the many possible ways of sculpting it in an instrument is a great source of inspiration and motivation for us. We always aim as high as we possibly can, as we have learned that the best musicians often are the best partners to work with. For us, the finished instrument represents the beginning of a rewarding journey where we continue to work with its player.“
Photo © Marco Del Prà
Model: copy of a GB Rogeri violin
body lenght: 353 mm
upper bouts: 169 mm
middle bouts: 111 mm
lower bouts: 206,5 mm
Photo © Gideon Baumblatt
PRIZES AND AWARDS
The Violin Society of America International Competition
2018 | Double Gold Medal for Tone and Workmanship (violin)
2018 | Silver Medal for Tone (cello)
2018 | Silver Medal for Tone (quartet)
2016| Silver Medal for Tone (cello)
2016 | Certificate of Merit for Workmanship (quartet)
Philharmonie de Paris International lutherie Competition for Cello
2022 | First Prize
2022 | “Coup de Coeur” by the cellist jury
“VioloncellEnSeine 2016” International Violin Making Competition in Paris
2016 | Jury Prize awarded unanimously by all members of the jury (cello)
2016 | “Coup de Coeur” by Simeone Morassi & Public Prize (cello)
MIRA GRUSZOW & GIDEON BAUMBLATT’S ATELIER
Eisenbahnstraße 31, Werder (Germany)
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