Construction methods & style
Hristo personally develops every model with a framework of understanding about the instrument’s acoustics. Every instrument is a fruit of profound analysis of the classical Italian model and its geometrical proportions. Handcrafted in full knowledge and respect to constructive methods of the Italian tradition, the instruments also maintain a sense of creative freedom and personality of the artisan.
He draws his inspiration from the classical Italian tradition while balancing precision in craftsmenship with personal creativity. He prefers the Cremonice models of Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, Andrea Guarneri, Giuseppe Figlius Andrea, Giovanni Battista Guadagnini as well is attracted by the Venetian and Neapolitan schools
Hristo Todorov was born in a family of luthiers on September 10th, 1986 in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. During his free time, he loved helping with violin making and spending time in nature. In 2007, he entered at the Cremona International Violin making School “Antonio Stradivari”, in Cremona, Italy.
For 5 years, Hristo specialized in the construction of new string instruments. He worked in the workshops of Masters Alessandro Gambarin and Patrizio Orippi where he perfected his handcrafting skills and knowledge in the classical Cremonese method of violin making.
Later, while working with Master Luca Maria Gallo, Hristo refined his craftsmanship by cultivating the skill of antique varnishing and knowledge about varying styles in the rich italian violin making. In 2013, collaborating with the American Master Robert Brewer Young, Hristo mastered the “cooking” of oil varnish and its use with fidelity.
After years of research and experimentation, Hristo rediscovered and perfected a method of stabilizing the acoustic material based on 18th century documentation. In all of his work, Hristo does not use any modern measuring devices or electronic systems.
He trusts only his mastered craftsmanship’s sensitivity, observations and experience; these personal refinements are rooted in long-established techniques, respecting the classical Italian tradition in its essence and form.
Hristo Todorov lived and worked in Cremona, Italy for over 12 years. Despite his young age, he dedicated himself to the art of constructing unique instruments for musicians from around the world. In his growing path as a violin maker, Hristo has been working closely with professional musicians, testing the sound of every new instrument. His unique sensibility and handcrafting capacity allows him to understand the necessity of the most exigent musicians