The winners of the first Pisogne International Violin Making
Competition have been announced. The Italian contest was split into
two categories: antiqued instruments and copies of historical
instruments. First prize in the former category went to Swiss maker
Philippe Girardin. Matteo Crotti, from Italy, took second prize.
German maker Andreas Haensel came third.
The best copy of an historical instrument was judged to be by Munich-based English maker Nicholas Gooch. Pal Racz, from Hungary, was awarded second prize. Bulgarian luthier Rumen Spirov took third prize.