"Instrument making is a beautiful, charming magic. One has to have this craft in her heart." - Angela Moneff
Angela Moneff studied violin making as an apprentice under her luthier husband, Ivan Stankov who, in turn, studied with makers who graduated from the Cremona School in Italy in the early 1990s. Like him, she uses traditional Italian methods of construction and select well-seasoned European spruce and Balkans maple tone wood.
After many years crafting Ms. Moneff has arrived at the prestigious level of a "master" maker but she is continually innovating. 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."
Fun fact: Ms. Moneff was formerly a doctor, specializing in obstetrics. Now the babies she brings into the world are fiddle babies! Her own son, Dani, is a talented young hip hop artist on YouTube.