Rafael Carrabba Violins, Inc. will be closed on November 26th and 27th in observance of Thanksgiving Holiday. Please plan accordingly. Happy Holidays!
Grace Sohn began her cello studies at the age of six in her native South Korea with Jun Su Jung. Since her move to Vancouver in 2009, Grace has been a student of Joseph Elworthy at the Vancouver Academy of Music where she actively participates in chamber music and orchestra rehearsals where she frequently occupies a leadership position with the VAM Symphony Orchestra. Grace has performed for numerous cellists such as Sung Won Yang, Efe Baltacigil, Desmond Hoebig, Sung Yong Lim and Ariel Barnes in addition to participating in the 2010 Aldo Parisot Cellofest.
Ms. Sohn has been the recipient of many awards and honors such as the Canadian Music Competition, Kay Meek Competition, Seattle Young Artist Music Competition, Bjorn & Lori Hareid Senior Secondary Competition, VAM’s Concerto Competition, Kiwanis Music Festival, and the Burnaby Clef Competition. Grace performed with the VAM Symphony Orchestra at the Orpheum Theater as soloist. Grace was invited to perform at the Chan Centre as part of the Royal Conservatory’s Convocation ceremonies. Recently as a winner of the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival, she performed with the Philharmonia Northwest at the Kane Hall as soloist. Grace is an avid chamber music musician, studying under Andrew Dawes, and Taras Gabora. Summer 2014, Ms Sohn attended the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival (Italy) where she studied with Sung Won Yang and Jan Ickert. Summer 2015, she will be attending the Banff Masterclass for Strings program. Grace is currently fifteen years old attending Gleneagle Secondary School in Coquitlam (Canada). Grace Sohn plays Neuner & Hornsteincer cello made in 1880, Germany.
“Rafael Carrabba completely transformed my cello! The nearly 200 year old instrument was passed down to me by my grandfather Dr. Robert Popper, who smuggled it out of Austria in 1938 just weeks before Kristallnacht. It was in need of major surgery for a very long time. When I got the cello back, not only was it in absolute pristine condition, but it sounded many times more rich and vibrant. Honestly, I had no idea the cello was ever capable of sounding this fantastic, and every day I am more and more impressed by it. Mr. Carrabba and his fellow craftsmen are truly magicians, and extremely courteous and helpful." ~ John-Henry Crawford
"Rafael and his team have worked on and set-up four different very fine instruments for me (including a Vuillaume and a Stradivari), each time with the best success in sound quality, projection, and playability. In addition to the ultra-accommodating and very rapid expert service that I have personally received every time I have visited, they have been very generous with their time, reasonable with pricing, and respectful in all of their dealings. I love this shop, and wish I could take them everywhere with me! Bravi tutti to Rafael and all the staff at Carrabba Violins!" ~ Robert deMaine