In his Brussels workshop, Pierre Guillaume makes bows for violins, violas and cellos. With instrument-maker Jan Strick he runs the Maison Bernard, which they took over in 1986.

Pierre Guillaume is a member of the International Society of violin and bow makers.He not only makes bows, but also repairs, restores and gives appraisals on old bows, providing players and instrument-makers with a first-rate service.

Pierre Guillaume learnt his craft following world-class masters, BAZIN, MORIZOT, OUCHARD and others, who passed on to him techniques reaching back several centuries. For his bows he uses only the best pernambuco and has been making periodic trips to Brazil since 1982 to select it in person. He has now accumulated a very large stock of wood enough to last him thirty years from which he can choose the most suitable for each bow.

He is an active member of the IPCI, an association of professionals that strives to protect and promote sustainable use of pernambuco, the best wood for bow-making.

Today, the name Guillaume is widely recognised as standing for commitment, bow-making of unequalled quality and authoritative appraisals of old bows.

The workshop attracts musicians from Europe ’s largest orchestras (including the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic) and many soloists, such as Joshua Bell, Igor Oistrakh, Yuzuko Horigome, Henrich Schiff and Mischa Maisky, amongst others.)