BIOGRAPHY, HRISTO TCHECHMEDJIEV FOUNDER, ORPHEUS VIOLIN HOUSE Plovdiv BG, San Francisco CA, Oakland CA, Sacramento CA, Tucson Area AZ, Sierra Vista AZ
Hristo Tchechmedjiev was born and raised in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. At an early age, he showed an affinity for music. Not so much playing the notes, but in forging them. "something inside myself," he tried to explain (excerpts from an interview with Bob Sylvia of THE SACRAMENTO BEE, February, 1994) i n his still fledgling English "A feeling to work with the wood."
At 14, he entered a noted violinmaking school in Bulgaria. For the next five years, Tchechmedjiev became adept at crafting the entire family of stringed instruments. He served an apprenticeship in a violin-making company and in 1954 opened his own shop at home. Later, in 1970, he named his business Orpheus Violin House. Hristo became very prolific, making violins, violas, cellos, bass, guitars, mandolins, bows, professional instruments, students instruments--everything imaginable that had strings on it. In Bulgaria, it was becoming nearly impossible to get crucial materials like ebony and costly resins and to work in the way of the artist. So, he decided to move to a place where he could be free to work the way he needed. Hristo chose the United States. He found his chance on a 1982 visit to Cremona, Italy, where his violin, viola and cello had won medals and a Diploma from the International Competition for Luthiers, "Antonio Stradivari" in 1979.
In 1983, Hristo Tchechmedjiev arrived in San Francisco from Italy. During this period, he concentrated on violins, violas and cellos, perfecting the acoustical techniques he practices today. It was in Oakland California in 1985 that he founded his business, Orpheus Violin House, in the USA. In 1987, he moved Orpheus Violin House, USA to Sacramento California. In the year 2000, his talented nephew, Yuriy Hristev Tchechmedjiev, joined him in Sacramento. In 2003, Hristo moved to Arizona, establishing an additional branch, Orpheus Violin House . Yuriy continues the Sacramento branch today under the name Sacramento Violins.
OUR THANKS TO YOU Hristo is taking this moment to deeply thank all of his loyal customers and friends for their untiring spiritual support through the last few years of trial. Thanks also to those who helped greatly with their time in dropping everything to test his new instruments (babies he calls them) through the years. Thanks to those who play his instruments, to those who admire them and to those who have tested them and offered their valuable opinion. Thanks and God Bless