MY BOW EXPRESS
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My name is Igor Gersh and I am a luthier.
I specialize in instrument setup, sound adjustment and bow maintenance.
I studied to become a luthier at
Chicago School of Violin Making
and bow making with
in Victoria Canada. For the past 20 years, I have been making, restoring, and repairing string instruments, and taking care of the bows.
I find bow restoration and maintenance especially rewarding. As a classically trained violist, I believe that the bow is what gives you your voice, your sound.
Quality bow rehair is so important
. I work in my private home studio and also partner with violin shops in MD and Northern VA. For the past 10 years, I spent my summers working as a "
. It is there that many fine musicians shared with me their frustrations of not having expert bow rehair where they live. In most cases quality rehair service is simply not available outside of major metropolitan centers.
This is what prompted me to launch the rehair service by mail. I invite you to give it a try.
Olga Dubossarskaya Kale
The Cleveland Institute of Music
have known Igor Gersh for many years now, and his universal talent never ceased to amaze me. In addition to being a wonderful musician in his own right, his skills as a luthier, as well as the maker of string instruments and bows, are truly astonishing. He understands the intricacies of bow rehair and the instrument adjustment in a way that very few are capable of, and his work is flawless.”
I only use Igor Gersh for my bow rehair/repair needs and I tell anyone that needs bow work about Igor. He is extremely honest and fair. He is also such a joy to do business with because of his friendly personality and expert knowledge. You can depend on First class quality workmanship with every job he does!.”
r. Emmanuel Borowsky
Violin Professor, Towson University
Founder, Vivaldi String Academy
"I have known Igor and his bow work for a number of years. Every rehair Igor has done for me has always been of the highest caliber. The hair quality is fantastic and his workmanship is second to none. Every bow comes back beautifully polished, looking and playing better than ever. His work on violin, viola, and cello bows is equally fine, and I recommend Igor to all of my colleagues, and to my students.
Anton Shelepov, DMA
Concertmaster of the West Virginia Symphony
Member of the North Carolina Symphony and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestras
Igor has always done a fabulous job taking care of my bows and violins. The quality of the hair he uses is second to none as well as his workmanship and efficiency. He is very professional and honest and I would highly recommend him to any professional string player or a student. "
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The studio is located :
3410 Old Post Drive
Pikesville MD 21208
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Professor of Violin and Chamber Music
Member of Fine Arts Quartet
"I consider Igor to be a luthier of multifaceted and exceptional talent. Over the years I trusted my best instruments and bows to his care with consistently great results. I trust his judgement and recommend him without reservation."
The Gold medalist, Tchaikovsky (1986), Sibelius (1985), and Paganini (1981)
The Cleveland Institute of Music
Igor Gersh is one of the finest luthiers I have ever been privileged to work with. He works with astonishing precision and efficiency, is always punctual, uses materials of the highest quality, and stands but the results of his work. After many years of using his services I must add that my confidence in the quality of his craftsmanship has never diminished"