Dutch luthier Sam Brouwer, a student at the UK’s Newark School of Violin Making, has been granted a Special Award of £1,000 from the Rowan Armour-Brown Memorial Trust – the first time such an award has been given alongside the Trust’s standard grants to lutherie students each year. Applications for the award are by invitation only, for students of special potential.
Brouwer was selected for his ‘genuine passion for making combined with a remarkable sense of style and flair for detail’. He will invest the prize in wood for his violin making future.
In the 15 years since its inception, the RAB Trust has made financial awards to a total of 181 UK students, and arranged multiple work placements, a number of which have led to successful offers of full time employment.