Autobiography

Petko Petkov was born in Kazanlak, Bulgaria ,in 1975.
After graduating from the secondary school he worked with the company “Cremona” in Kazanlak.

Since 1997 he has devoted himself to the violin making under the guidance of Master Vladko Naidenov, who is one of the most distinguished hereditary violin makers in Bulgaria.
Since 1999 he has his own workshop where he has built more than 270 instruments for professional musicians and serious amateurs. Petko Petkov handcrafts master violins, violas and violoncellos.
For the elaboration of his instruments he uses well-seasoned woods with Bulgarian origin and excellent acoustic qualities. The Balkan Maple and Spruce are world famous for its qualities and preferred by all the makers.
Petkov has his own store with tone woods and he uses materials that are well- seasoned and personally selected by him.
For the elaboration of his instruments he uses Italian methods of construction. All his instruments have a Certificate of Authenticity.
Many of his fine instruments are in possession of musicians from Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, China, Singapore, South Korea, USA, Canada, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Germany etc.

Membership:
-He is а certified master violin maker with the Bulgarian Luthiers Association. At the moment he is a member of the board of managers in the Association.
-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce

Participation in Competitions:
-International Violin Making Competition in USA, Portland, Oregon, 2008, organized by VSA
-Eufonia 2009, Sofia, Bulgaria
-International Violin Making Competition in Germany, Mitten Wald, 2014

International Exhibitions:
-Musikmesse, Frankfurt, Germany
-Music China, Shanghai, Republic of China

Workshop

In 1999 Petko Petkov opens his own workshop, where he handcrafts string instruments- violins, violas and violoncellos and repairs, restores and adjusts old musical instruments.
Initially, the workshop has been situated in the city of Kazanlak. Since 2009 the workshop has been moved in Ovoshtnik, a small village in the suburbs of Kazanlak.
The Strad Magazine February 2018 issue features the workshop of Petko Petkov in My Space.
His instruments are made from Premium Balkan maple and spruce from the Rodopi Mountains, naturally dried in air for many years. The Balkan maple is world famous with its wonderful acoustic qualities.

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