Georgi Nikolov

My name is Georgi Nikolov. I was born in 1997 in Kazanlak, a bulgarian town with a rich tradition in the field of the violin making, but currently living and working in Cremona. I am son of one of the first masters of lutherie in Bulgaria– Maestro Hristo Nikolov and my biggest aspiration. Luckily, as a child, I had the opportunity to trace carefully the whole process of making musical instruments and this awoke my passion and encouraged me to choose it as a career path.

I made my first steps in the violin making at the age of 14. Having decided to follow my father’s steps in this profession, I studied violin making for 5 years in the High school of Fine Arts and Design located in my hometown. After I graduated, in 2016 my passion and interest in lutherie took me to Cremona, Italy where I continue studying in the International School of Violin making “Antonio Stradivari”. Due to my skills, I directly started in the third year in Maestro Giorgio Scolari’s class. During that year I won a diploma ”Premio Grandi-Taglietti”- the est student of the school for 2016-2017. In July 2019 I graduated with honors from the International School of Violin making “Antonio Stradivari” studying in Maestro Daniele
Scolari’s class.


Violin inspired by Stradivari 1715 "Il cremonese"

The violin is a beloved instrument in a multitude of cultures and a wide range of genres. One of my latest works of art is my violin model Antonio Stradivari 1715 “il Cremonese “.It was rewarded in 5th place for modern violins, category “Professionals” in the held this year XIII Concorso Internazionale di Liuteria ANLAI di Pisogne in May-June 2022.

The material which I chose to make it is very old wood from my father`s storage bought in 1989. Seasoned for 33 years this wood has very low humidity. The back is a one-piece slab-cut maple with beautiful and extraordinary flaming from the Balkan area. The top plate is extraquality spruce from Val di Fiemme, Italy with straight and regular grains. The violin is based
on the classical Cremonese method of violin-making following the tradition of the old Italian masters. Some of the characteristics include internal mold used for making the rib structure, precisely made overhang of the top and back plate and soft edges, shallow fluting of the
purfling channel and beautiful long bee stings. Its magnificent golden brown color and its sensuous, vibrant, and pure sound delight the senses and excite emotional admiration while looking and listening. The sound is strong, beautiful, balanced, and magically harmonious. A lot of passion, attention to detail, accuracy, and of course a pinch of love are put into the working process. That’s why my violin has this majestic vision. As Joseph Wechsberg said “A violin should be played with love or not at all”, mine is
designed especially for the devoted to music professional violinists.

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