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M P  Noykos

MERIT VIOLA 2021 Matthew Noykos, co-owner of Grand Rapids Violins, is an award-winning instrument builder and restorer, a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers. He has a Certificate of Lutherie from the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, as well as a Bachelor’s of Music from Grand Valley State …

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Carlos Portela

GOLD VIOLA 2021  Carlos Portela was born in 1984 in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. Passionate by music since very young age, he studied piano, although, from the beginning, his aim was to study violin. Being around his father’s workshop since his childhood, he started to make miniature instruments and aeromodeling. He started to study Arts …

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Xiaodong Guan 

GOLD VIOLIN 2021 Xiaodong is a luthier with over 30 years of experience. He graduated from the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in 1988, after which he studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Since the late 1990’s Xiaodong has been working in Ontario, Canada and currently owns the Stratford Violin Studio. Xiaodong makes …

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Gregory Sapp

GOLD CELLO 2021 Gregory (Greg) Sapp provides high level restoration and repair services to musicians and shops all around the United States out of his shops in Illinois. Greg attended the Kenneth Warren & Son School of Violin Making (now the Chicago School of Violin Making), working under the guidance of Master Tscho Ho Lee. …

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Shlomo Moyal

 GOLD OTHER MERIT VIOLIN MERIT CELLO 2021  Shlomo Moyal graduated from the Cremona school for violin making (L.P.I.A.L.L) in 1994 and completed his training with leading luthiers in Berlin, Geneva and Cremona. Upon his return to his homeland of Israel in 1996, Mr. Moyal established his own workshop, alongside collaborating with other professional luthiers in …

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