Birth : 1929 in Paris (Ile-de-France) Death : 2017 in Paris (Ile-de-France)

Biography

Career
Heir of a long time tradition of violin and bow making which takes roots, through the DEROUX family, In Mirecourt by the end of the XVIII° century, Bernard MILLANT is the son of Max Stanislas MILLANT, violin maker.

Having shown is interest for violin making  by building his first violin as early as 13 years old, Bernard MILLANT began his apprenticeship in 1946, with Amédée DIEUDONNÉ at Mirecourt, before joining the MORIZOT Brothers' workshop in 1948.
In 1949, he left France for the US,  to join the workshop of RUDIE, in New York, where he met Jacques FRANCAIS and Rembert WURLITZER.
Back to France, he established his own workshop in 1950, at 56 rue de Rome, in Paris. From that time, and beside violin making, he started the production of bows.
All along his professional life Bernard MILLANT has developed the two activities of violin and bow making with an equal success. Today, he is considered as a bow specialist and expert with a worldwide reputation. ( For complementary information see the books " L'Archet. Bernard MILLANT, Jean François RAFFIN.)

Honors and Awards :
1954, two Diploma of Honor (Bows and Quatuor), Liege. Belgium.
1959, Gold Medal, International Competition of Asconi Piceno, Italy.
1967, Bronze Medal, merite Artisanal, France.
1969, Gold Medal, bow section, Liege, Belgium.
1973, Judicial Expert, près la cour d'Appel et le Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris.
1988, Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris.
Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite.

Labels and Stamps :
Two stamps have been used for bows which are also dated on the stick :
- Bernard Millant A Paris (first period)
- Bernard Millant . Paris (after 1956)
Bows stamped "DAVOT A Paris" were made for B. Millant by different Mirecourt bow makers as Morizot Frères, R. Lotte, Lapierre etc...

Works :
For his bow production Bernard MILLANT is inspired by the great masters of the French XIX° century school, and more particularly by Dominique PECCATTE.
His work is always of a perfect taste and playability and of the best level of workmanship.

Collaborators and Successors
Some of MILLANT’s collaborators included : Jean François RAFFIN, Jean Yves ROUVEYRE, Serge STAM.
Loic and Verena Le CANU succeeded in 1989 to Bernard MILLANT.

 

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