Musicians Said

„…Nice crafted, very good sounding instruments with rich powerful tone. The quality of his violins are fully compatible with fine modern Italian instruments…”

Gerald Brobst – violinist, collector and connoisseur, Washington DC

“…Maestro Starchev your works are from worldwide class…”

Angel Stankov – violinist, Prof. Sofia State Academy of Music

„…The instruments maestro Starchev are distinguished by wonderful sound, rich tonal timbre, very pleasant for the playing …”

Yosif Radionov – violinist, Prof. Sofia State Academy of Music

„…Mr. Starchev as a specialist in acoustic arrangement of string instruments, I can only admire the level you have achieved. Your instruments are the benchmark for a possible peak levels timbre of modern violins and violas. As the researcher can express recommendation to your prospective customers. Try instruments maestro Starchev in a real environment in large halls. There they reveal their full and remarkable potential …”

Dr. Hristo Hristov – Ph.D. of Music, D.Sc of Music

„…Your instrument turn back my love to playing violin…”

Evgeni Noev – violinist Ensemble “Sofia Soloists”, teacher school of music “Lubomir Pipkov”- Sofia

„…Not too long ago a violin by Jivko Starchev, … came into the Brobst Violin Shop, near where I work. It was a stunning looking, handmade violin by someone trained at the violin making school in Cremona. It was easily the tonal equal to any of the violins I saw at Cremona Violin Exhibit going for $13,000+, which the same violin shop held late last year. … that violin was sold within a week after I saw it. I was told violins by this maker go fast…”

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„…In my last collectors years I came across to violins and violas of maestro Starchev, its instruments are characterized by deep rounded-tone, softness and shades. I am glad that increasingly can be heard in concert halls…”

Nikolay Gagov – violinist, docent Chamber Music; Sofia State Academy of Music; quartets Dimov, Sofia, Valchev and Sliven

„…Widespread opinion among the violists, the sound of the viola is determined mostly by the “aging” of the instrument, gradually gives way to the achievements of modern luthiers. An example is the viola by Mr.Starchev, that I had the opportunity to hear some time ago. My opinion about the instrument is that it is viola having three basic requirements, namely: very good timbre, power and sound quality. Of course add and precise master craft…”

Staphan Zhilkov – violist, prof. Sofia State Academy of Music

„…Mr. Starchev your violin has been very well accepted. One of the professional violinists I showed it to, who also teaches my younger children, was amazed at its rich and mature sound – he wanted to take it immediately, but alas, he is not in the market for a new instrument at present. I absolutely love playing it – I feel that I am connecting with your beautiful instrument…“

John Jackson – violinist and collector, Australia

„…Thank you, for your beautiful violin, the sound is wonderful I play on it with great pleasure…and, that amazing red varnish… I would never separate with this instrument…”

Carol Moore – violinist, California

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