Born in Mannheim in 1963, Stefanie Bille spent her youth and school years in Ludwigshafen am Rhein.

After studying double bass for a semester at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts, she trained in violin making at the State Vocational Violin Making School in Mittenwald from 1983 to 1987.

Stefanie Bille spent her apprenticeship at the Koch-Löbner workshop in Gomaringen and Tübingen from 1988 to 1992, where she was primarily involved in the repair of stringed instruments as well as bows. The restoration of a Crancino cello over a long period of time shaped her current cello model. During this time she also remained engaged in the construction of new instruments.

At the Jakobus Stainer Competition in Freiburg in 1990, Stefanie Bille received a sound award for her viola, model 40.7 cm.

In the spring of 1993 she passed the master craftsman exam with honors at the Chamber of Crafts of Munich and Upper Bavaria. Her masterpiece was a double bass, which she still plays today.

From 1993 to 1995 Stefanie Bille had her own workshop in Reutlingen, which she closed due to a stay abroad in Stockholm, Sweden. There she devoted herself entirely to building new instruments.

After her return in 2000, Stefanie Bille reopened her workshop in 2002 in Allensbach, Lake Constance. By then she had already built about 50 instruments during her training, apprenticeship and creative phase in Sweden.

Active playing has always been important to her, so she has always participated in different ensembles and has been a member of the double bass group Concerto Konstanz since 2001.

She works in small series of up to 7 instruments (e.g., 4 violins, 2 violas, 1 cello), where she first makes all the scrolls and then the ribs, and then finishes each instrument separately. This allows her to work rationally and effectively and focus on the essentials, the arching and the thicknesses of the plates. This gives her instruments a well-balanced, powerful yet individual sound, depending on the wood.

Stefanie Bille works on her own models for the instruments, inspired by Stradivarius for violins and Matthias Klotz for the small viola, 39.5.

She purchased some of the wood during her training, which has been preserved for a long time and is of excellent quality.

©Andreas Kochlöffel


Year of construction: 2021

The design of this violin and the choice of materials, maple and spruce, are based on one of Stradivari’s models.

Lenght 35,5 cm

©Ulrike Sommer

VIOLA 39,5

Year of construction: 2018

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

Lenght 39,5 cm

©Ulrike Sommer 

VIOLA 40,7

Year of construction: 2022

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

©Ulrike Sommer


Recommended by Homo Faber Guide


1990 | “Prize for sound” (viola model 40,7) at the Jakobus Stainer Competition in Freiburg in 1990.


Höhrenbergstr. 26c Allensbach (Germania)


Learn about all the luthiers in the network and their instruments

Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy