Hors Concours status for two Northfielders: Matt Wehling and David Folland

Violin Society of AmericaAt last week’s international competition at the Violin Society of America‘s annual convention, another Northfielder achieved Hors Concours status. (The dictionary definition of hors concours: "of an artist, exhibitor, etc., excluded from competing; without equal; unrivalled; literally: out of the competition.") 

The Society grants Hors Concours status "to a maker who has been awarded Gold Medals in three different VSA Competitions."

Matt Wehling (photo from MPR website)David Folland (photo from his web site)

This year, Northfield bowmaker Matthew Wehling won another gold medal, thus achieving Hors Concours status. He joins Northfield violin maker David Folland who achieved Hors Concours status back in 1996.

The StarTribune profiled Matt Wehling back in 2006 in an article titled Music, wrapped in a bow. MPR profiled him in 2003 in a piece titled The art of bow making.

Few metropolitan areas have even one person at this level of craftsmanship. Northfield now has two.


  1. Griff Wigley said:

    Nfld Patch: World-Class Bowmaker Plies His Time-Intensive Trade in Northfield

    We expect our doctors and lawyers to be highly trained. Fine musicians expect the same from their bowmakers.

    Matt Wehling of Northfield is one of those bowmakers.

    Numbering among his customers are members of the Minnesota Orchestra, Kronos Quartet and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. His bows have won so many awards that the Violin Society of America deems him hors concours–no longer eligible to compete. He is one of few American bowmakers who studied in France, which is known among musicians to produce the highest quality bows.

    April 14, 2011
  2. Jane McWilliams said:

    Another satisfied “customer” is Andreea Een who has a bow named Matt and a viola named Dave, both of which she played exquisitely at the Way Park concert at the UCC last Saturday!

    April 16, 2011

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