commissioned royal bows where made, mounted with Canadian Bison horn frogs and rose
gold trim including gold images of the Danish Crown inset in both sides of
specially commissioned Michael Vann violin bows were awarded to two top
European prize winners in September 2000 at the Christiansborg Palace. The
bows, made for the Royal House of Denmark, were presented in the presence
Her Majesty Queen Margarethe and H.R.H. Prince Henrik to violinists Nikolaj
Znaider of Denmark and Lena Neudauer of Germany. This event culminated in
the final awards ceremonies of "Pro Europa", the European
Foundation for Culture.
The bows are made with Bison horn frogs, each inlayed with the crown of the Danish Royal House cut from rose gold. H.R.H. Prince Henrik is the Patron of this Foundation, which regularly awards top prizes for cultural achievements in all field of the arts.
The Royal couple are seen in the center of this photo.
Sixteen year old German born Lena Neudauer won the Augsburg International Competition for Young Musicians while she was only 15. She received the Crossair prize for achievement and received a Royal bow which came in a black walnut presentation case. The Royal Crest of His Royal Highness Prince Henrik was laser-cut in blond maple wood inlayed in the top, visible here as the small light square near her thumb. Besides performing, Ms Neudauer is studying violin at the conservatory in Salzburg, Austria, the birth place of Mozart.
Nikolaj Znaider is from Denmark and won the top European Soloist Prize known
as the ABA prize.
He is shown here with his bow, receiving a certificate from Pro Europa president Dr. Walter Von Wartburg. Mr. Znaider has embarked on a professional career and makes his New York debut in 2000.
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