Team

 

 

MONTREAL

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.

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, 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.

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.

Fabienne Gauchet, violin maker

  • From: Ducey, France.
  • Training: Newark School of Violin Making, RU. 
  • Work experience: Atelier de lutherie Talensac, Nantes, France; Hills Fine Strings, Calgary, Canada.

Fabienne Gauchet has worked at Wilder & Davis since 2000 and has her own workshop where she makes violins, violas, and cellos.
 

 

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.

 

David Widmer, violin maker

  • From: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Training: Conservatoire de musique populaire, cello class, Geneva, Switzerland; Geigenbauschule Brienz, Switzerland; André-Marc Huwyler, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Work experience: Isabelle Wilbaux, Montréal, Canada; Olivier Perot luthier, Montréal, Canada; Maison du violon de Laval, Canada

David Widmer has worked at Wilder & Davis since 2008 and has his own workshop where he makes violins, violas, and cellos.

He was awarded the Certificate of Merit for Tone from the Violin Society of America in Portland (2008) and is a member of the Violin Society of America.

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.

Administration

Jean Fitzgerald, rentals & photo studio

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

Jean has worked at Wilder & Davis since 1996.

 

 

 

Emanuel Euvrard, operations & 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.

 

 

Victor Amaro, accounts

  • From: Izamal, Mexico
  • Training: Universidad Autonoma de Hidalgo, Mexico; Concordia University, Montreal, Canada; CMA candidate.

Victor Amaro has worked at Wilder & Davis since 2009.
 

 


Customer Service

Maude Coté-Gendron

  • 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.

 

 

Émilie Girard-Charest

  • From: Montréal, Canada.
  • Training: Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique du Québec (for cello and composition), Montreal, Canada

Émilie Girard-Charest has worked at Wilder & Davis since 2007 and is a founding member of the ensemble Allogène.

 

 

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

 

 

BANFF

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.

 

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.