Team

 

 

MONTREAL WORKSHOP

Artisans

Tom Wilder, violin maker & founder of Wilder & Davis Luthiers inc.

  • From: Toronto, Canada.
  • Training : BA, Memorial University, St-John’s, Newfoundland ; Chicago School of Violin Making ; MA, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Work experience: Kevin March, Seoul, South Korea ; Hans Weisshaar, Los Angeles, USA ; Pierre Bartel, Paris, France

Tom Wilder co-founded Wilder & Davis in 1991 and opened a second location in Alberta in 2002. He is a member of the Entente Internationale des Luthiers et Archetiers, member and former president of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, founder and president of IPCI-Canada, and a member of the Violin Society of America.

Charles Arsenault, violin maker

  • From: Gaspé, Canada
  • Training: École de lutherie de Brienz, Switzerland ; British Violin Makers Association Restoration course, East Sussex, UK ;  The Banff Center, Canada
  • Work experience: The Soundpost, Toronto, Canada

Charles Arsenault has worked at Wilder & Davis since 2013 and has his own workshop where he makes violins, violas, and bows.

Leïla Barbedette, violin maker

  • From: Paris, France
  • Training: École Nationale de lutherie, Mirecourt, France
  • Work experience: François-Joseph Pommet, Reims

Leïla Barbedette has worked at Wilder & Davis since 2012.

She is a member of the Associaion des Luthiers et Archetiers pour le Développement de la Facture Instrumentale (ALADFI).

Richard Benoit, violin maker

  • From: Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Canada
  • Training: École nationale de lutherie de Québec, Canada
  • Work experience: Philippe Bodart, Besançon, France ; Frédéric Becker, Montpellier, France; Antoine Muller, Stuttgart, Allemagne.

Richard Benoit has worked at Wilder & Davis since 2009 and has had his own workshop where he makes violins, violas and cellos.

He is a member of the Violin Society of America.

Éric Gagné, bow maker

  • From: Sherbrooke, Canada.
  • Training: École nationale de lutherie de Québec, Canada.
  • Work experience: Blaise Emmelin, Toulouse, France; Pierre Guillaume, Brussels, Belgium.

Éric Gagné has worked at Wilder & Davis since 2009 and has had his own workshop where he makes bows.

He is a member of the Violin Society of America.

André Lavoye, violin and bow maker

  • From: Amos, Canada
  • Training: Serge and Frédéric Boyer, Paris, France; Jean-François Raffin, Paris, France.
  • Work experience: Jerôme Dariel and François Varcin, Paris, France; Sandra Wagstaff, Hong Kong; Maison Bernard, Bruxelles, Belgique.

Taught violin making at the École nationale de lutherie in Quebec City, Canada. André Lavoye has worked at Wilder & Davis since 1995 and has had his own workshop since 1999 where he makes bows, violins, and violas.

Marine Loos, violin maker

  • From: Nantes, France.
  • Training: Newark School of Violin Making, UK; Simone Morassi, Cremona, Italy; Bruno Montagne, l’Aquila, Italy.
  • Work experience: Guy Coquoz, Paris, France.

Marine Loos has worked at Wilder & Davis since 2006. She specializes in baroque instruments and has her own workshop where she makes violins.

Rebecca Pierce, violin and bow maker

  • From: London, UK
  • Training: Newark School of Violin Making, UK
  • Work experience: Bridgewood & Neitzert, London, UK ; The Sound Post, Toronto, Canada

Rebecca Pierce has worked at Wilder & Davis since 2012.

Zacharie Rodrigue, violin maker

  • From: St-Robert-Bellarmin, Canada
  • Training: École nationale de lutherie de Québec, Canada ; Richard Compartino, St-Séverin, Canada

Zacharie Rodrigue has worked at Wilder & Davis since 2015.

 

Administration

Maude Côté-Gendron, purchases and customer service

From: Baie-Comeau, Canada.
Training: Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski, BA (Music Performance, violin), McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Maude Coté-Gendron has worked at Wilder & Davis since 2009 and studies classical voice.

Emanuel Euvrard, operations and sales

From: Lyon, France.
Training : BA, Université Lyon II, France; MA, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada.

Emanuel Euvrard has worked at Wilder & Davis since 1998.

Jean Fitzgerald, rentals and photo studio

  • From: Amos, Canada.
  • Training: CEGEP de Nicolet, Canada ; BA Music, Université de Montréal

Jean Fitzgerald has worked at Wilder & Davis since 1996.

 

 

Customer Advisors

Nedjma Achour

  • From: Tlemcen, Algeria
  • Training: Technical degree in violin, CEGEP St-Laurent, Canada ; Université de Montréal, Canada (Music Performance, Vocal Jazz)

Nedjma Achour has worked at Wilder & Davis since 2015.

Fany Fresard

  • From: Mâcon, France.
  • Training : Graduated from Conservatoire National de Région of Lyon and CNR of Bordeaux, France, violin class.

Fany Fresard has worked at Wilder & Davis since 2011. She plays the violin with various artists like Klô Pelgag and Monogrenade, and collaborates with many choreographers on improvisation projects.

Camille Roberge

Camille Roberge has worked at Wilder & Davis since 2013.

 

 

 

 

BANFF WORKSHOP

Angel Alvarez, violin maker

  • From: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Training: BMus, Centro de Educación Artística Luis Spota Saavedra, Mexico City, Mexico; Escuela de Laudería, Queretaro, Mexico, Gert Schrijvers, Hasselt, Belgium

Angel Alvarez has worked at Wilder & Davis since 2000. He works in the Banff workshop since 2009 and makes violins, violas, and cellos.

Nigel Boehm, bow maker, sales and operations

  • From: Medicine Hat, Canada.
  • Training: Performance Diploma, Mount Royal College, Calgary, Canada; BMus and MMus, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Work experience: faculty member at Mount Royal Academy and Conservatory of Music, Calgary, Canada

Nigel Boehm started working for Wilder & Davis in Montreal in 2001. He opened the first Alberta location in Canmore 2002, then moved the shop to Banff in 2008.