Discovering a Violin Hospital in Montreal

VIOLIN - VIOLON - LUTHIER - LUTE - MONTREAL - Photoreport MICHAEL MONNIER

The violins remain silent. Cellos too.

They are resting. Nursed. Coddled.

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In the heart of Artistic Montreal.

In a little workshop.

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Bertrand. Olivier. André.

Work in the shadows.

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They plane. Burn. Weave. Carve. Paste. Sand.

Slowly. Carefully. Calmly.

In a religious silence.

Only their tools are speaking.

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Passed down from one lute maker to another. For four generations. 

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They are still expressing themselves. In Amandine’s hands.

Just in from France. To receive that knowledge. Workshop experience.

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Inherited from the founding father.

Gyula Szentmihaly aka Jules Saint-Michel.

« I turn dry wood into a living thing. »

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At the top of the stairs, on his small workbench,

He is giving birth to instruments.

His « friends.»

« They are alive. They could cry. »

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His passion came from Budapest’s cafés.

« It’s gypsy violins !

At three years old, I wanted to be a musician. »

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« Even now, at my age, I talk to my violin and he talks to me. »

But half a century ago, it’s almost a doctor that came to Montreal. 

« My mother wanted me to do a real job. »

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« Here, my years of medical studies were not recognized.

I would’ve had to start over. »

« I took the opportunity to return to my real passion, the violin. »

« Finally, I prefer healing violins than people. »

« Because I always succeed. »

 « Even a piece of a piece of a violin, I can turn it into a good violin. »

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Strings are being resonated by an ingenious mechanism. Down there.

At the workshop’s entrance, the door opens.

His daughter Lili greets the clients.

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Olivier, his grandson, crafts bows.

In a corner, big stamps are exposed.

« Canada Post put my hands on a stamp. »

« My violin traveled across Canada. »

« I will never sell it. »

The violins getting better. Cellos too.

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