Jean-Benoit Stensland cello, Montreal 2014
Canadian luthier Jean-BenoÃ®t Stensland began his apprenticeship in MontrÃ©al under Antoine Robichaud. Awarded a Canada Art Council grant in 1980, Stensland went to Italy to study at the International School of Violin Making in Cremona. Stensland returned to Canada in 1984 to open a workshop with luthier ThÃ©rÃ¨se Girard in downtown MontrÃ©al, where he has made more than 350 instruments, including over forty cellos. His numerous awards include a Certificate of Merit for a violin at the Violin Society of America in 1984. One of Stenslandâs cellos is in the collection of the renowned Canadian Museum of Civilization in QuÃ©bec. His instruments are owned by professional players worldwide.