Dominik Zuchowicz String Instruments

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Dom Zuchowicz (March 26, 1949 – February 8, 2011)

Dominik began his career as an independent luthier in 1974, founding the repair shops of both the Winnipeg and Ottawa Folklore Centres. Dr. Peggie Sampson was responsible for the purchase of his first viol in 1975 for York University in Toronto. With the help of one of two Canada Council grants Dom was awarded in 1981, he undertook research on historical viols in European and North American collections. The instrument drawings he created on this trip were the foundation for his whole career. While in the U.S. (1981-1983) he acted as research consultant to the Casedessus collection of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and for the collection of the period music division of N.E.C., simultaneously developing a devoted worldwide clientele of musicians keenly interested in period music.

He made over 350 instruments, mainly bowed strings, but also a number of historical keyboards and period guitars. His instruments are in private and public collections world wide including the Juilliard School, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard Universities; in Canada, the Opus Collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, York, Carleton, McGill, and Western Universities and the University of Montreal; owned by members of Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque (San Francisco), Boston Baroque, Portland (Oregon) Baroque, Colonial Williamsburg, Apollo's Fire, Renaissonics, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, and other skilled professionals and happy amateurs across the globe.