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Here we pass on some news and gossip about the artists, luthiers, bow makers and publications which might interest our true and loyal fans! All news and gossip are first-hand information, which we cannot guarantee 100% to be genuine, but till now the vast majority proved more than true …

April 2019, NEWS from Cologne

Mission accomplished!

We proudly announce herewith that we successfully managed a successful 3rd and final Sinfonima Cuvée Darling 2019 Exhibition in Frankfurt, with the 100 Pizza Party as closing evening event!

This last joint-exhibition had highlights like an amazing gathering of 45 international exhibiting bow makers under one (nice) roof, not even counting prominent visitors like the French bow makers Emmanuel Carlier, Edwin Clement and Stéphane Thomachot, the German bow makers like Rudolf Neudörfer, Johannes Miething, Gerald Knoll, Michael Dölling and Thomas Grünke. Not to forget Pierre Guillaume from Brussels! Additionally we were happy to welcome many new exhibiting Luthiers for their first time at a Darling Expo! The present participation of 15 lady bow makers will set a new standard in the world of bow making for already near future, we made a good start.

Some „lowlights“ were caused by absolutely unnecessary peripheric stress before and after this Exhibition, making it certainly unrequested unforgettable for some; for some of the Mannheimer staff, for certain exhibitors, the Darling entourage, even including me! But we can cryptically reveal now that things went the ways it went. 

We thank The Mannheimer Insurance company and their entire team for what they were able to do according to their company style, training and taste; especially Director Harald Fröhlich was helpful for handling with calm authority stressful situations. It was interesting for Darling Publications to get to know the Marketing Department and their vision of the Mannheimer traditional marketing and policy,  and Susanne Leuthner for juggling many different opinions and directions towards a Mannheimer event! We thank Darling Publications for organizing their 3 first Frankfurt Exhibitions on German soil with The Mannheimer Insurance Company in the initially requested Darling style as much it was allowed to, and are more than excited to see in near future other pure Darling events !

Here some pictures, presented backwards in chronological order!

Everything except the empty pizza boxes. Final photo. Sunday morning.
The packing team with the truck, Basti Dirr, Harm Bakker, Vladimir Mukhin, Julian Dirr and Boss Andy.

Kees van Hemert and Ufuk Güler helped a lot next morning.

Empty Pizza cartons seem comfortable. Next morning waiting for back transport to Cologne.

Arrived late at hotel Toyoko Inn. Latest news in Japanese newspaper before sleeping.

Before the 1st Day Evening Party:

Two unexpected highlights was the performance of „Amazing Grace“ by Harald Fröhlich on his bagpipe (surprisingly very in tune!) before the opening of the buffet. And the delivery of a chilled 5 Liter barrel of Kölsch beer with the stunning Rolls Royce Wraith convertible Motor Car, Black Badge.

Mr. Harald Fröhlich with „Amazing Grace“ on the bagpipe.


5 Liter Reissdorf Kölsch, chilled and delivered cold from Cologne by Rolls Royce Motor Cars GmbH
Mr. Konrad Kohlert from Poxdorf posing with Kölsch and Rolls!

Nicolas Gilles decided to start saving money.
A deserved rest after cooking the Ormeaux for Fournier and Bégin.

rare to find: the Emily and grill in Black chrome. Only the Black Badge edition of the Rolls Royce Wraith Convertible.
no comments needed….

before the second Day Pizza Party:

The Kaisersaal is prepared for the pizza party.

Now waiting for the Pizza.

Waiting for the Pizzas
Rare picture. Andy with a bottle of mineral water.
Still waiting.
On the balcony too. Still waiting.
Finally! The delivery of the first of the 100 pizzas. Still daylight at 19.30 time.
Renato Casara did it again! His Caipirinha´s were very appreciated.

Water, White wine (Cuvée Darling 2018), Red wine (Luberon) and many Caipirinhas. And of course pizza!

Hajato likes pizza and beer.
Full mouths.
5 French lady bow makers.
The vintage Scottish turntable Systemdek from the 80´s with SME tonearm proved still to be more than adequate in sound and function!
French discussion. Suoyi Ma concentrating on something else.
Everybody finds somebody, to talk…

5th delivery with last 20 pizzas. Already dark.
A panorama of the last night of Sinfonima Cúvee Darling 2019.
Basti Dirr is happy to get a refill from Josephine Thomachot.
T. Shirata busy with a selfie. The others busy with pizza.

Everybody finds somebody, to talk…
Still: Everybody finds somebody, to talk…
good company.

Hawthorne, Fritsch and Aumont leaving with enough pizzas and drinks.

Jeremie Legrand getting tired too.

Earlier Saturday 6 April, the second day:

Edwin Clement has a train to catch.
As well Emmanuel Carlier. Same train to Paris. No pizza for them!
Ufuk and Kees
Boris and Ufuk
In the meantime Andy found some time trying out the amazing 76 gram Sasano Cello bow. Strong and because of the low mass great sound! The cello from Gianni Park played very easily and even too!

Friday 5 April, the bow makers floor:


The Ormeau Time!

Alternative use of the Ormeau shells for Magdalena Sapeta.

Short before the opening of the Evening Party. Some BlaBla as usual.

first alone.

Then with the lady bowmakers:

Facing a crowd:

The Crowd

Then Susanne Leuthner joined in and proclaimed to be surprised obviously to see A.L. not to be drunk for the first time and handed over a funny portrait as present: 

Andy got a souvenir of the Sinfonima Cuvée Darling Exhibitions 2017, 2018, 2019, signed by all exhibitors and all who helped to make the exhibition to take place, a portrait of a certain Jean Baptiste Lim! 

Then, Party time upstairs!

Stefan, Arina & A. L.
E. Clement with the Italian Clique.
A Japanese group in obviously good mood!

with H. Weise

Kaisersaal at daytime

and at the evening party:

to be continued …


March 2019, NEWS from Cologne/Frankfurt

Finally finished the Catalogue for the 3rd and Final SINFONIMA Cuvée Darling Exhibition.

Here some details. Enjoy reading or enjoy even more coming by!


October 2018, NEWS from Cremona

Another successful Cuvée Darling Expo in Cremona on 28 and 29 September 2018!

The Presentation of the new Series „The Cologne Bow Quarterly“ was more than successful too! The 30 pre-copies already all sold. The Strad magazine will soon offer them too, so please write to them for ordering this little gem from Darling Publications. Be fast, as they will only get 25 copies. Holfter GmbH gets 25 copies as well. Total edition of only 250 softcover copies. Only 50 de Luxe copies in Hardcover binding.

Door opened to welcome the vistors. The Cremona Munipality was particularly helpful with their traffic signs showing the entrance of the exhibition!:

inside views, some bows:some instruments:

The Strad Magazine  team visited the expo:

Also from UK, Sean Bishop grinning and looking obviously pleased:

Stephane Thomachot reflecting about todays generation bowmaking:

But bows are obviously also of interest for many others:

Stéphane Thomachot between Eric Fournier and Andy Lim:

some food:

some beer:

Nicolas Gilles serving beer in the Cologne style, Sean Bishop looks very satisfied with the beer as he is still grinning!

The shortest opening speach ever, less than 15 seconds!, so the Pizza Party started with still warm pizzas!:

Eric & Eric (Gagné and Fournier):

Thomachot and Emmanuel Bégin with exceptional Kölsch beer glasses. Very sought after collector items!:

ARina & ALina (Osaki and Kostina)

50 empty pizza boxes:


September 2018, NEWS from Cologne & Cremona

The cataloque for the Cremona Cuvée Darling 2018  is in print. is now at the bookbinder. It is FINISHED already! Green is the softcover Library edition, Red is the hardcover DeLuxe Edition. (the Lilac and Yellow books are from last year!)

Small in size like last year (15 x 21 cm only), limited in copies, but as allways well appreciated by all … and as always soon to be collector items again, unavoidably!

Now waiting for the Cremona Cuvée Darling show.

San Vitale is waiting to be filled with great instruments, great bows and great company!

We are proud to announce that instruments of 3 former Cremona Triennale Competition Gold Medal winners will be presented at Cuvée Darling 2018! At mere 50 meters of the Museo del Violino where all the instruments are exhibited of this years Triennale.

Happy to welcome from Canada: The bow makers  Eric Gagné, Emmanuel Bégin and Eric Fournier. And last but not least from USA: Luthier David Gusset with his latest violin!

and 5 (!)

additional Special Bow Exhibitions!

Hope to see you in Cremona!


SAN VITALE Cultural Centre

Piazza Sant´Angelo 1

26100 CREMONA, Italy

When? These two days:

Friday 28 September 10:00- 20.00

Saturday 29 September 10:00- 22:00 (Pizza Party!)



The new Series „Cologne Bows Quarterly“ is also already printed,

here the Pre Edition of 2018, as the real thing starts 2019!

Will be presented in Cremona during the Expo!:

and waiting to be bound at the bookbinders workshop:


April 2018, NEWS from Frankfurt

The World Premiere of the exceptional

B. P. FRITSCH-NEHR German Double Bass Bow

A French hommage with a twinkle

by Boris Fritsch and Pierre Nehr from Paris

to the great H. R. PFRETZSCHNER, his sought after  German Double Bass Bows and their maybe hyped (?) reputation.

Nevertheless they took the challenge. Bass players are now welcome to try out themselves. 

Bringing a H. R. Pfretzschner Bass Bow for comparison is not requested or a must, but heartly welcome and recommended.

A strictly limited one digit-edition of 9 (or maybe even less) bows will be available for acquisition on order only. The numbered bows will be built in the sequence of orders, and as an exceptional Art Project orders will be treated priviliged concerning the regular waiting list of Boris Fritsch.

Brand new German stamps from Nürnberg by Mr. Lorenz with the finished bow:

Everybody in excited anticipation of the branding and stamping procedure:

Beloved Darling I being immortalized on the 1st Fritsch-Nehr bow ever.

Brave and courageous Boris Fritsch took the responbility:

Job is done. Happy and relieved faces:

The makers signed the guest book:A close up of the branding stamps in the guest book:

Bow in action. Everybody extremely happy! Bass player also.

Final Group Photo ot the Masterminds behind this very special project!:

April 2018, NEWS from Frankfurt

„La Venotte „

An exceptional cello bow, gold ebony mounted.

An exceptional Project. La Venotte, Mirecourt.

Exceptional supportive German Collegue Buyers;

an example of German-French Friendship.

The German Experts of the Cologne Experts Days, Josef P. Gabriel (standing most left) and Mathias Wohlleber (standing most right), after the confirmation of the great playing qualities of the bow by Andy Lim, decided happily to acquire the beautiful Gold mounted „La Venotte“ Cello bow, made by Lucie Martinie and Gabriel Pasquier (+button by S. Bigot), not to forget the support of material, mental support and work: gold by Stephane Muller, stick by Jean-Pascal Nehr, Sylvain Bigot, ebony by Yannick Le Canu and help by Catherine Baroin. Lucie Martinie and Gabriel Pasquier are going home each with a selection of Frankonian beer and will not stay thirsty.

March 2018, NEWS from Cologne /Frankfurt

On 13 and 14 April the 2nd SINFONIMA Cuvée Darling Exhibition will take place in Frankfurt, Saalbau Gutleut (6 minutes walking from the Train station!)

Everybody welcome!

December 2017, NEWS from Brussels

An invitation in December to the European Commission meeting on ivory trade as one of 39 Stakeholders, proved to be surprisingly productive, as 5 of the speakers (including myself) were trying their utmost best to defend and promote the position of musicians and music instrument makers! The successful Darling Ivory Project was received with astonishment that the David Sheldrick Trust accepted the donated funds through this Project!

December 2017, NEWS from Cologne 

The second group being formed now for another 18 Ivory mounted bows is nearing completion. As in the first group we will mix  well known makers with less known makers, but all have in common the same passion to do something to support baby elephants!

New names are now added for this obviously appreciated Darling Ivory Project:

  • Edwin Clement (Paris), violin bow
  • Tino Joh. Lucke (Berlin), violin bow

We welcomed for the second Volume already on board:

1. Walter Barbiero (Padova), viola bow

2. Emmanuel Bégin (Montreal),

3. Sylvain Bigot (Paris), viola bow

4. Renato Casara (João Neiva), cello bow

5. Gaetan Dariel (Besançon), viola bow

6. Eric Fournier (Montreal)

7. Josef P. Gabriel (Erlangen)

8. Eric Gagné (Montreal),

9. Murat Ufuk Güler (Izmir), cello bow

10. Henry Guerra (Paris/Brasil), cello bow

11. Daoudi Hassoun (Sers)

12. Wellington Imberti (João Neiva),

13. Tibor Kovacs (Paris), violin bow

14. Cody Kowalski, Port Townsend

15. Peter Richtarik (Bratislava), transitional bow

16. Mathias Wohlleber (Berlin), cello bow

… and we can report gratefully that Josef P. Gabriel is  enthousiastic that, although already having participated in Vol. One and donated a viola bow, he is accepted to make another bow, this time an ivory and silver mounted violin bow!


November 2017, NEWSfrom Cologne, Paris and Izmir (Turkey)

During my own fysical presence in Paris for presenting the newest publication „114 Exceptional Childrens Violin Bows“ (edited by Siegfried Rivinius and my humble self):

photo by Philippe Krümm, La Bellevilloise, Paris

 and 9 Gold Tortoiseshell mounted Violin Bows (all with CITES!):

my meta-fysical presence could be encountered in Izmir, During the 3rd IKSEV Workshop. A workshop Murat Ufuk Güler and myself initiated with support from Filiz Sarper Eczacıbaşı of the Izmir Foundation.

Message from Murat Ufuk Güler:

Dear friends

We finished our 3rd event. We had enjoy with Wolfram, Nicolas and all the participants and Filiz, too. (Ofcourse sometimes her friends, from her association, joined us. Once we thought to go municipality)

I really wished to see Boris, Josef and Andy here. I don’t know how I wished but suddenly it became everywhere Andy. Then Nicolas start to see him, too. 

Here are some photos of Andies… 🙂

September 2017, NEWSfrom Cologne and Cremona


Hope to welcome our visitors  in Cremona!

May 2017, NEWSfrom Cologne 

A second group is being formed now for another 18 Ivory mounted bows. As in the first group we will mix  well known makers with less known makers, but all have in common the same passion to do something to support baby elephants!

We welcome for the second Volume on board:

1. Walter Barbiero (Padova), viola bow

2. Emmanuel Bégin (Montreal),

3. Sylvain Bigot (Paris), viola bow

4. Renato Casara (João Neiva), cello bow

5. Gaetan Dariel (Besançon), viola bow

6. Eric Fournier (Montreal)

7. Josef P. Gabriel (Erlangen)

8. Eric Gagné (Montreal),

9. Murat Ufuk Güler (Izmir), cello bow

10. Henry Guerra (Paris/Brasil), cello bow

11. Daoudi Hassoun (Sers)

12. Wellington Imberti (João Neiva),

13. Tibor Kovacs (Paris), violin bow

14. Cody Kowalski, Port Townsend

15. Peter Richtarik (Bratislava), transitional bow

16. Mathias Wohlleber (Berlin), cello bow

17. ..?

… and we can report gratefully that Josef P. Gabriel is  enthousiastic that, although already having participated in Vol. One and donated a viola bow, he is accepted to make another bow, this time an ivory and silver mounted violin bow!

May 2017, NEWSfrom Cologne 

The 2015 Darling Ivory Project has been successfully ended with the adoption for 7 years for each of the 18 baby African elephants, which were financed by 18 donated bows by 18 bow makers. The bows, made with legally purchased ivory had frogs from the very same tusk and pre CITES (1974)  and each bow was delivered with CITES certification for the frog, button and tip. Although the elephant for sure did not die naturally and was with certainty poached illegally (before 1974), we still think it is still the most respectful final destination for the ivory, which will be treated and cared for many years to come as part of treasured bows for instruments of the violin family.

Here some images:

Mitsuaki Sasano, Osaka & Menton

Doriane Bodart, Paris:

Stéphane Thomachot, Cucuron:

Josephine Thomachot, Paris:

Harm Bakker, Amsterdam:

Josef Gabriel, Erlangen:

Vladimir Mukhin, Moscow:

Victor Bernard, Brussels:

Ulf Johansson, Harlösa:

Dirk Löscher, Barcelona:

Dominic Wilson, Brussels:

Arthur Dubroca, Paris:

Boris Fritsch, Paris:

Emmanuel Carlier, Paris:

Alexandre Aumont, Paris:

Kees van Hemert, The Hague:

Andreas Grütter, Amsterdam:

APRIL 2017, NEWSfrom Cologne and Frankfurt

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APRIL 2017, NEWSfrom Cologne and Frankfurt

click here for large pdf:   frankfurt letter

May 2016, NEWSfrom Cologne and Amsterdam

some comments from

great pictures from Ben Bonouvrier from Amsterdam:

The Winners of the 15 Grand Prix Awards

Each maker could send in maximum 2 bows, either for violin, viola or cello, so can earn maximum 2 awards from each jury member.

Alexandre Aumont

– The Tibor Kovacs-Grand Prix for Cello Bow

Emmanuel Bégin 

– The Tibor Kovacs-Grand Prix for Violin Bow

– The Eric Fournier-Grand Prix for Violin Bow

– The Robert Morrow-Grand Prix for Cello Bow

Bernd Etzler 

– The Eric Fournier-Grand Prix for Viola Bow

The Pierre Nehr-Grand Prix for Violin Bow

Eric Fournier

The Robert Morrow-Grand Prix for Violin Bow

The Bernd Etzler-Grand Prix for Violin Bow

The Robert Morrow-Grand Prix for Viola Bow

The Bernd Etzler-Grand Prix for Viola Bow

Boris Fritsch

– The Tibor Kovacs-Grand Prix for Viola Bow

Tibor Kovacs

The Eric Fournier-Grand Prix for Cello Bow

The Bernd Etzler-Grand Prix for Cello Bow

Cody Kowalski

The Pierre Nehr-Grand Prix for Viola Bow

The Pierre Nehr-Grand Prix for Cello Bow


B. Etzler


R. Morrow


T. Kovacs


E. Fournier


P. Nehr

winning violin bow 64 Fournier 64 Fournier 25 Bégin 25 Bégin 60 Etzler
winning viola bow 65 Fournier 65 Fournier 45 Fritsch 61 Etzler 58 Kowalski
winning cello bow 26 Kovacs 24 Bégin 48 Aumont 26 Kovacs 59 Kowalski

The Winners of the 7 Players (and $$$$ !) Awards

cello Michael Veit choice I Gabriel    
    choice II Strumphler final round of playability favorites: Dirr, Hietbrink
viola Cheryl Swoboda choice I Carlier    
    choice II Löscher final round of playability favorites: Etzler, Fournier
violin Rudolf Nottrott choice I Fournier    
    choice II Fuchs final round of playability favorites: Gabriel, Pierre Nehr
violin Klaus Giebels choice I Slaviero, Luca    
    choice II Wilson    
cello Eva Böcker choice I Aumont    
    choice II Kowalski final round of playability favorites: Wilson, Begin, Kovacs, Mukhin
violin Rachel Buquet choice I Grandchamp    
    choice II Gabriel final round of playability favorites: Wilson
violin Teriyoshi Shirata choice I Sasano    
    choice II Camurat    

The 5 Marie-Pierre Delaruelle Awards

Cody Kowalski    Youngest Participant of the Competition
Mitsuaki Sasano    Oldest Participant of the Competition
Paul Goh    Best Competition Participant from Singapore
Vladimir Mukhin    Best Competition Participant from Russia
Dominic Wilson Best Competition Participant from England

The Shirakawa Award for the best Ivory bow of the 18 ivory mounted bows of the 2015 Darling Ivory Project

Ulf Johansson, Sweden

The Shirakawa Rice Cooker Award for the most helpful Bowmaker from the participants of the Competition (this was the most desired Award!)

Harm Bakker, The Netherlands

The 3 Kaaskop Awards, chosen by Harm Bakker in name from almost all Dutch Bowmakers

Murat Ufuk Güler    Best Competition Participant from Turkey
Kaspar Pankow    The thinnest Participant from the Competition who might be in need for supplementary food.
Andy Lim    Best potential Bowmaker of the room
February 2016, NEWSfrom Cologne and Amsterda

As it is indeed quite strange why in Amsterdam never any important Exhibition or event concerning Contemporary Bows was ever organized, although the publisher of the books about Contemporary Bows was grown up in Amsterdam? A question very often asked to the publisher of Darling Publications (moi!). As I heard that some former attempts before and by others were unfortunately not* very successful, as from the 3 only well known foreign Bow makers who confirmed to come, 2 did not show up and the one who  did come did not take any recently made bow…(?). The Dutch makers were put up in the basement where hardly anybody visited them, which is understandable as musicians know them already and can chat at the next rehair appointment… But there were some panel discussions about old bows as I understood.

So to fullfill all secret desires and public calls for such an event, here it is!  A must for actually all fans of Contemporary Bows (and their makers, as 35 of them are expected to be present at this highly recommended event!) and Contemporary Instruments of the Violin Family. Darling Publications is also announcing the first edition of the 1st Darling Contemporary Bow Making Competition which will take place on

  5-6-7 Mai 2016 in Amsterdam. (free entrance as allways at Cuvée Darling events!!!)

The very first time where such a significant event is of great relevance, as the very best makers followed the invitation of the big boss personally of Darling Publications to visit Amsterdam, where the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum, tulips and hopefully nice May weather will welcome about 30 of todays Bow makers and 30 of today´s Violin Makers (not to forget the many great musicians living in the Netherlands). Many of you only know the name from the makers, but never met them in person, so here the opportunity! More than 200 Contemporary bows will be exhibited, each exhibiting bow maker agreed to present at least one bow for sale, something rare to find today, as many have waiting lists. But it was the condition Darling Publications insisted on, and obviously successfully…

A large selection of today´s Contemporary violins, violas and cellos will be presented and played in several playing/listening sessions in the beautiful, just restored, Uilenburger Synagoge, in the typical nice and collegial athmosphere of which Cuvée Darling exhibitions are famed for, where a good glass of wine is a must during the sessions. (by the way, also before and after)

Two great locations, Splendor Amsterdam and The Uilenburger Synagoge, 100m walking distance from each other will host this event, finally a chance for those only hearing already years about the legendary big exhibitions and parties by Darling Publications in Paris and Cremona. Now for the first time inn Amsterdam, so this time it is your own fault if you miss it again… We take care of great bows, great instruments (and their makers), enough refreshments… the visitors for the good company!

*censored on request


September 2015, NEWS …from Cologne and Cremona

2015 Invitation x3

January  2015, NEWS...from Cologne

Obviously the value of of the Darling Publications website is rising!

Just saw now the value of 4th January 2015:

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January  2015, NEWS...from Cologne

Just got a mail with a funny photo.

there it is shown what the value of the Darling Publications website is!! Look:

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November  2014, NEWS...from Cologne

We are happy to show here some images of the forthcoming book from Gerhard Winkler, here at the printing company Asmuth in Cologne: a 953 pages book with 40 plates of the fabulous fishes!

Gerhard Winkler fotografiert seit nunmehr 25 Jahren kontinuierlich Fische, in der Regel unmittelbar bevor er oder eine Person seines Vertrauens diese zum Verzehr zubereitet. Von den Aufnahmen stellt er später handkolorierte Silbergelatineabzüge her, wobei die Fische in ihrer jeweiligen Lebensgröße vor weißem Hintergrund abgebildet werden. Damit stellt er diese Werkreihe formal ganz bewusst in die Tradition der naturwissenschaftlich-künstlerischen Illustration.Durch die Verwendung seiner Lasurtechnik gelingen ihm mitunter Fotografien von frappanter Plastizität. Im Laufe der Jahre entstand so ein umfangreiches Archiv von mediterranen und atlantischen Speisefischen.

Gerhard Winkler has been photographing fish continually for more than 25 years now: and generally just before he, or a person of his trust, prepares them for eating. From his shots, he makes hand-coloured, silver gelatine prints, after photographing the fish in their natural sizes against a white background. In this way, he consciously situates his works formally in the tradition of artistic natural-scientific illustration. With his glazing technique, he creates photographs of astonishing vividness. Over the years, he has created an extensive archive of edible fish from the Mediterranean and the Atlantic in this way.

In November 2014 Gerhard Winkler’s novel Krakenkaufen (buying octopi) will be published. To coincide with the occasion, a special edition will be published in a circulation of 40 copies at a price of 280 € each. It includes the book, containing approx. 980 pages and approx. 50 full page colour charts, as well as a hand-coloured silver-gelatine print on barium paper.  Potential buyers can choose from a framed print of Sardine No. VI or the Small Dragon’s Head in 24 x 30 cm format.

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September  2014, NEWS...from Cremona, Mondomusica 2014

After last year experience, Andy Lim, first time since 2006 is visiting the Mondomusica not as an exhibitor, but as an ordinary visitor. Funnily this year treated unexpectedly very well (?!):

Mondo VIP

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September  2014, NEWS...from Cremona, Palazzo Trecchi, Sala dei Violini

After this year´s overwhelming presentation and reception of the two monographies by Darling Publications on two exceptional Stradivari violins of his Golden Period – The Yoldi-Moldenhauer, 1714 (for the first time ever published) and The Tartini-Vogelweith, 1711 (edited by Solé Luthiers from Barcelona), we would like to thank our well respected visitors and exhibitors for their appreciated visit and enthusiastic participation.
The location was as our last year exhibition The Palazzo Trecchi in Cremona, a more than adequate buffet and „musical entertainment (?)“ were presented by Lark of London, the well known Musical Instruments Insurance broker of Lloyds at their MondoParty upstairs.


Here we present our exhibiting guests:

The Violin
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Not just a violin, but a Stradivari violin of 1714, a most exceptional vintage in its 300th Anniversary year (1714-2014):
The Yoldi-Moldenhauer, 1714 which was never published and exhibited! (of course, till Darling Publications did it)

The Books

Two truly spectacular Monographies were presented, not to be compared with some other (tiny) publications popping up as monographies. The Darling Publications Monographies of the 1711 and 1714 Stradivari violins present the instrument in real full size and in 12 different angles. And if we mean full size, it means full size and not the scroll on another page! And as the growing crowd of violin makers finally start asking for imagers showing more three dimensional images, we present magnificent depth in the photographs by Søren Jonesen from Copenhagen. On several remarks why or who need this kind of publications, as experts don´t need reflections or sculptural images, there could be only the answer that black and white images fullfill that requirement probably better than the vast majority of wrong-coloured reference books! For the more gourmet quality & aesthetically minded, who not only can see but also appreciate the difference or do mind that the arched belly of a violin does not look like the table of a guitar, we have created these two bibliophile masterworks.
_DSC7854_2Andy Lim showing the 1711 Strad Monography to its editors Antoni Solé and his charming female company from Barcelona:  his  2 sisters Montserrat & Mercedes and his wife Irene.

_DSC7891_2A selection of Darling Publications books.
On the wall the pink hide of the highest Hermès quality goat leather waiting to be used for a De Luxe Stradivari Edition.

The Bows

Bows by the following 9 Contemporary Makers were exposed, amoung them some Gold Medals, Silver Medals and Certificate of Merit winning bows of the recent Mittenwald and VSA Competions (Bernd Etzler and Victor Bernard). Some makers were first time – but certainly not last time – exhibibitors at the famed Darling Publication shows. Additionally a selection of the Micro-Photo Lens Cello bows were on the separate display on the right.

– Harm Bakker from Amsterdam
– Victor Bernard from Brussels
– Bernd Etzler from Hungary

– Josef P. Gabriel from Germany
– Eero Haahti from Helsinki
– Ulf Johansson from Sweden

– Dirk Löscher from Barcelona
– Vladimir Mukhin from Moscow
– Mitsuaki Sasano from France
The Cello

A cello, started last year at Palazzo Trecchi in the „Sala dei Violini“ by 7 talented international students of the Newark, Mirecourt and Cremona Schools of Violin Making and finished in the white, under the supervision of Nicolas Gilles, Wolfram Neureither and Sebastian Zens, was presented this year in the very same room where the building of the cello started. Varnished by Nicolas Gilles, setup by Wolfram Neureither and finally played for the first time by Andy Lim himself.
All who saw and heard this instrument were utterly impressed! 4 of last year´s students were present, looking quite satisfied and collected deserved compliments. A truly multi-cultural Italian Cremonese Violoncello!
_DSC5646_22013: The cello in white. After 3 days. From scratch.

cello cremona 20142014: Andy Lim and the finished cello, great looks, great sound! great playing(? )-notice the incredibly rarely seen parallel bowing angle!

The Camera

The CAPcam camera from Schaffhausen, Switzerland, a truly innovative technical camera with its revolutionary 3D-focussing software was invited as the special guest of Darling Publications. Comparable with the mind and drive of the great Antonio Stradivari to improve the already developped violin, the team of CAPcam (Computer Assisted Photography cam) revolutioned the use of the technical camera in a never before known precision and ease of use. Charlie Gfeller and Rolf Eigenheer succeeded after 4 years since its introduction at the Photokina 2010 to present at this year´s Photokina 2014 this fully and perfectly functioning camera. A mechanical perfection of focussing which simply cannot be reached with even by well made photographic gear, a good eye, steady hands and good intentions of the photographer.
Crowds of people around the camera, 3 meters away from the 1714 Stradivari attested its own fascination and frequent exclamations of admiration and astonishment could be heard at its demonstrations!
After the full size books of entire bows at 100% scale, photographed by the Linear Scanning Camera developped by Seitz of Switzerland exclusively for Darling Publications, we are pround to announce near-future projects and publications in co-operation with CAPcam, which enables us in the sphere of even more exceptional quality than already known from Darling Publications.

_DSC7748_2Knut V. Nielsen, the mastermind behind Phase One and known to the world as the image quality professor in their tutorials, in a professional talk with Rolf Eigenheer and Charlie Gfeller at the CAPcam stand, Photokina 2014, Cologne.

20140927-132255_2The CAPcam at the Palazzo Trecchi, Sala dei Violini. In the vitrine, the 1714 Yoldi-Moldenhauer Antonio Stradivari violin.20140926-182122

july 2014, NEWS ...from Brussels, atelier FLAGEY II

Eric Fournier, Daoudi Hassoun, Victor Bernard and  a new kid on the bow block Dominique Wilson enjoying some Belgium beer after working hours …

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july 2014, NEWS …from Cologne and Brussels, atelier FLAGEY

Vladimir Mukhin from Moscow visited Darling Publications in Cologne, as Eric Fournier visited Brussels´Atelier Flagey and worked there for a week and his colleques Victor Bernard, Daoudi Hassoun were there too,  a spontaneous visit was the result.

here Daoudi, Victor, Eric, Andy with back headed decorative attachments & Vladimir:

Flagey 2014


april 2014, GOSSIP … Confucius says…


Darling Publications seems to be again a big inspiration for violin photographers: after the presentation in Cremona 2013 by Darling Publications of spectacular images by Sören Jonesen from Copenhagen with the very first 80 Mega Pixel digital back from Phase One,  at the Palazzo Trecchi … _DSC1076 _DSC5384

…as well  simultaneous at the Mondomusica Fair of 12 amazing photos in 12 different angles, all of one and the same Stradivarius violin (from 1714 ) to be presented this year which is its 300th anniversary, we heard that soon we can expect similar images from other violin photographers. After years of explaining that we need more images from different angles, finally people start to copy this idea! A pity that photographers did not come up with this idea themselves, but better to finally copy good ideas of Darling Publications than not to do so!


june 2014, NEWS …from the 2014 Mittenwald International Violin and Bow Making Competition


The Mittenwald competion 2014 turned out to have many bow maker finalists which are for many not yet really known. But …they were all exhibitors at the 2013 Cuvée Darling Palazzo Trecchi exhibition, so Darling Publications proved to have a good scouting talent nose…! And Christophe Collinet already participated in a Darling Publications project in 2009 (Munich).

From 9 Medals to be won 8 were awarded to bow makers, pubished and exhibited in Darling Publications books and exhibitions … Congratulations to them all!

3 medals: Bernd Etzler, Violin Gold Medal, Viola Silver Medal, Cello Silver Medal

2 medals: Victor Bernard, Viola Gold Medal, Cello Bronze Medal (violin 4th)

1 medal: Christophe Collinet, Cello Gold Medal

1 medal: David Hawthorne, Violin Silver medal

1 medal: Vladimir Mukhin, Violin Bronze Medal (viola 4th, cello 5th)

but also congratulations to Pierre Francois Pelloux from South Korea (who is this guy? what is he doing there?) with the Viola Bronze Medal!

april 2014, NEWS …Awards, many awards…


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Patrick Charton and Nicolas Gilles in Paris.

not less than 5 (!) awards were won by Nicolas Gilles from Montpellier in the Viola Biennale Lutherie Competition 2014 in Paris. Quite effective after sending in just one instrument! …

1. Prix du public, 

2. coup de cœur Michel Michalakakos, 

3. coup de cœur Ana Bela Chaves, 

4. coup de cœur Patrick Charton, 

5. coup de cœur Anne-Aurore Anstett

Congratulations Nicolas! Actually no need to mention that already in 2011 a nice monography about Nicolas Gilles (4 quartetts, 16 VSA awards 2004, 226, 2008, 2010) was presented by Darling Publications, but we still do!