05.04.2017 - 08.04.2017 — Hall: 8.0 Stand: D 76
Kremona’s history starts near the beginning of the 20-th century, by a man named Dimitar Georgiev.
Mr. Georgiev began his career as a journeyman gunsmith. He soon became a master, designing and building his own machine guns that he felt were mechanical art pieces. As the First World War began Dimitar is compelled to join his countries military and test his accomplishments of design and manufacture. He soon realizes that his art form is a horrific tool against man, and turns his back on the trade. While still on the fronts of Europe he finds solace in music and playing his mandolin. This hostile environment proved to be hard on his beloved instrument and he is forced to repair it on numerous occasions by himself.
Returning home to Bulgaria Dimitar begins to produce hand carved samples of his new talent. He began with mandolins, violins, and later guitars. These samples proved his talent and gained him an apprenticeship in the famous town of Markneukirchen, Germany. He excels at the trade and returns to Bulgaria in 1924 to start his own workshop. Kremona was established with the help of his two brothers, and later two German master craftsmen.
Since the end of 1999 Kremona is again a privately owned and operated facility that employs about 120 people and craftsman. In a modern world Kremona continues with its rich traditional history of workmanship and excellence. Using only the finest in local materials as well as imported materials Kremona continues to improve the look, feel and playability of its instruments from the comprehensive line of guitars to the specialized master bowed instruments.
The guitar production is mainly advanced level classic guitars with solid top offered in 11 scales. A limited line of all solid guitars and cutaways is handcrafted, too.
Bowed instruments comprise violins, violas, violoncellos and doublebasses from student to master level. The company’s main goal is excellent quality, flexibility of production, custom projects!
At the conclusion of WWI a young soldier exited the fronts of Europe with his companion mandolin and earned an apprenticeship at the bench of the Markneukirchen masters.
He emerged among the league of master luthiers forged in that legendary German burg. That man – Dimitar Georgiev – returned home to Bulgaria, and in 1924, founded Kremona with his two entrepreneurial brothers.
Over time, the brothers welcomed other world-class master builders into the Kremona family. As Kremona instruments spread across Europe, discerning musicians everywhere became part of the extended family. Today, Kremona flourishes with that same family spirit. We chose to introduce our wares the way we’ve always done it, by putting our instruments in the hands of musicians, well-known distributors and caring shop owners, one guitar or violin love at a time.
We’re pleased to find our efforts have been well worth it. Every day we hear from our extended family, players and purveyors from all over the world who, trough their love of music and enthusiasm for participation, have become part of what we are today. As we invite you to peruse this representation of our work, we would like to thank YOU – our extended family of musicians, music educators and music professionals, for joining us in support of our commitment to the specialized craft and long tradition of guitar and violin building.
Thank you for sharing your lives with us!