The International Violin Bridge Competition 2021


Entries from all nations invited.

Categories: Violin, Viola, Cello and Other(miscellaneous)

Awards for Each Category

Gold, Silver and a Medal of Merit.

Selected entries will be photographed, measured and added to the archive.

Awarded entries will be photographed and added to Book 2 of the Violin Bridges Photographic Book to be published later this year.

Webinars: Online master classes by leading professionals and manufacturers on Bridge making cutting and tuning. (additional Enrolment fees with limited availability.)


Opening and Deadline dates for Enrolment February 2021.


  • Application form sent by email together with Proof of the Enrolment, processing Fees.
  • PhotoCopy of  Photographic Identification ie: Passport, Driving License.
  • Short Biography/CV in English to be used throughout the competition and archives.
  • Bridges to be sent via tracked postage to Violin Bridges, NP8 1PE, Wales, U.K
  • Enrolment Fee for each entry paid Online, early bird discount available up until May.

The Jury: A Team of internationally renowned Violin makers and Restorers.

 Judging Criteria:

Workmanship, material choice, branding/ stamp, design, weight, finish, balance, overall appearance.


  • All styles of bridges are encouraged in each category, classical or modern, the judges will be looking at bridges that demonstrate a mastery of your craft showing aesthetic and artistic merit and following the above criteria.
  • All bridges need to be cut and submitted by the entrant, and stamped, preferably dated.
  • Multiple Category Entries are allowed.
  • Bridges made from non standard materials will be entered into the misc category?
  • We will not be judging tone, but bridges need to show that they would work so consideration needs to be taken on weight and playability.
  • Stamps may  be temporarily covered by the organisers during the Judging Process.
  • Maximum submission of two bridges per Category.
  • The judges decisions are final.


  • Entrants will give sole permission for the competition organisers to photograph and re use bridge images.
  • Discounted Early enrollment fees will be available from February.
  • Bridges will be kept to establish a physical archive alongside the permanent archive.
  • Again Judges Decisions are Final.
  • All entrants agree to promote the International Violin bridge competition via their Social Networks.
  • Late entries will not be considered. The cut off date for enrolment will be posted on the website.

General Enquiries to Gerard KilBride – Judge and Organiser.


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