Angela Moneff Violins
Angela Monef, of the Kazanlak region or "Rose city" of Bulgaria, is among Eastern Europe's finest female luthiers.
Moneff studied violin making with her husband, Ivan Stankov who, in turn, studied with makers who graduated from the Cremona School in Italy in the early 1990s.
Moneff is approaching the level of a "master" maker. As a colleague said in compliment of Moneff's refinements, "a real maker always struggles to improves his/her work, so it's a continuous process towards perfection."
Moneff shared with Fiddleheads, "Instrument making is a beautiful, charming magic. One has to have this craft in her heart." Of her training she says, "For me it is exceptionally interesting and I try to improve all along myself. I am exalted and glowing with happiness to be taken by the luthier’s
Fun fact: Moneff is married to Ivan Stankov. She has a son who plays violin and she was formerly an obstetrician, preferring to craft violins. Her Bulgarian name is "Angelina Koleva Moneva Stankova," but she makes violins under her anglicized trade name.