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©Stefanie Bille
©Andreas Kochlöffel
©Andreas Kochlöffel
©Andreas Kochlöffel

Stefanie Bille

Stefanie Bille Luthier
German, English, Swedish
By appointment only
+49 (0)75339498833
©Andreas Kochlöffel

Magic in musicality

  • • Stefanie creates a variety of string instruments
  • • She uses traditional knowledge and techniques
  • • She is both a musician and master artisan

It was her passion for music and the material wood that influenced Stefanie Bille’s decision to become a master violin maker. “I was 16 and was practising the double bass in my room while thinking about my future and suddenly it just felt like the right way to go." Acknowledging this intuition, she completed an apprenticeship at the renowned Staatliche Fachschule für Geigenbau Mittenwald, followed by further training in violin making at the workshop of Martin Koch-Löbner in Tübingen that she concluded with the gold medal for outstanding performance in 1993. After some years abroad in Sweden, Stefanie set up her workshop in 2002 in Allensbach, on the banks of the beautiful lake Constance. There, she creates remarkable instruments with the heart of a musician and the eye of an artisan, that are valued by amateurs and professionals alike.

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  • ©Ulrike Sommer
  • ©Ulrike Sommer
  • ©Ulrike Sommer
Photo: ©Ulrike Sommer
Violin May 2020

The design for this violin and the choice of materials, maple and spruce, is based on one of Stradivari's models.

Length 35.5 cm

Photo: ©Ulrike Sommer
Viola 39,5

This viola, handcrafted from a combination of maple and spruce, is based on the design of a viola by the Klotz family of violin makers who have been making string instruments in Mittenwald, Germany since the 17th century.

Length 39.5 cm

Photo: ©Ulrike Sommer
Viola 40,7

This viola is one of Stefanie Bille's first models designed in 1990. The viola, crafted from maple and spruce received an award for good sound quality.

Length 40.7 cm

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