Rafael Carrabba Violins is one of the country’s finest violin shops. Musicians from around the globe have brought their instruments to our expert luthiers for repairs, restorations, and valuations. We sell instruments and bows in all price ranges. We also sell cases, strings, and accessories.  

 

 

 

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405 W Galer St
Seattle, WA 98119 
206-283-5566             email click here

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Sat 10-5

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Friday
May152015

Grace Sohn

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.

Tuesday
Oct292013

Richard Aaron

Richard L. Aaron presently serves as professor of cello at the University of Michigan and The Juilliard School. Previously he taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory. Aaron has given master classes in Spain, Germany, France, Korea, Japan, China and Australia, as well as at many of the leading music schools in North America, including Rice University, Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Mannes, the Hartt School and The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Since 2003, Aaron has been on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and has taught at many other summer music institutes including the Indiana University String Academy, Calgary Music Bridge, Peter the Great Music Festival (Groningen, Holland), Aria International Summer Academy (Massachusetts), Innsbruck Summer Music Academy (Missouri), Chautauqua Institution (New York), the Idyllwild Summer Program (California), Heifetz International Music Institute (Virginia), Marrowstone Music Festival (Port Townsend, Washington), and Encore (Ohio).

Students performing Ladainha by Gustavo Tavares at the 2011 Amsterdamse Cello Biënnale.

Monday
Sep232013

John-Henry Crawford

John-Henry Crawford, 20 year old cellist, from Shreveport, LA, attends the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he  studies with Carter Brey, Principal Cellist of New York Philharmonic and Peter Wiley, formerly of the Guarneri Quartet. John-Henry holds the Nina and Billy Albert Fellowship at Curtis. Having entered Curtis at age 16, this is his fifth year there.

John-Henry gave his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra last fall as First Prize Winner, Sr. Divison of the orchestra’s Greenfield Concerto Competition.  He received praise from The Philadelphia Inquirer, stating that he “projected polished charisma and a singing sound in Prokofiev’s Symphony-Concerto.” He has been featured twice with Christopher O’Riley on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” show, and has given concerts in 14 states as well as Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and France. Crawford has soloed with many orchestras, including the Louisiana Philharmonic, and Lewisville Lake symphony, and has been a prize winner in numerous competitions, including the Lynn Harrell Competition of the Dallas Symphony, Music Teachers National Association, and Kingsville International. He was accepted at the prestigious Verbier Academy in Switzerland in 2012, where he was the only American cellist of eight selected world-wide. He also attended Pinchas Zukerman’s National Arts Center Young Artist Program in Canada for the month of June and performed at MusicAlps in Courchevel, France in August.  Recently, he performed the Brahms B Flat Sextet at Boston’s French Cultural Museum in a chamber music concert with Malcolm Lowe, Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony, Edward  Gazouleas, also of the BSO, Curtis President Roberto Diaz, and the Borromeo Quartet.  John-Henry and Curtis pianist Yue Chu were invited to perform the Beethoven A Major Sonata at Volkswagen Die Glasern Manufaktur in Dresden, Germany in May 2012. Last spring John-Henry was part of a Curtis on Tour series in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Brazil, collaborating with artists Soovin Kim, Roberto Diaz, and Jason Vieaux.  In Pennsylvania he has performed for Temple Beth-Zion Beth Israel, The Union League, The Philadelphia Club, Tenth Presbyterian Concert Series, and most recently in Pittsburgh for a new chamber music series. This fall, he will perform alongside cellist Amit Peled as part of the Washington Performing Arts countryside recital series.

He was chosen to perform for Baron Hirsch’s Ascending Artists Series in Memphis, the Memphis Chamber Music Society, Deerfield Presbyterian Church Recital Series in NJ, NPR fund-raisers for From the Top in Dallas, West Palm Beach, Princeton, and Wayne PA, and with fellow Curtis students Eunice Kim and Patrick Kreeger in the KCK Trio on the Marion Chamber Music Society series in Florida. Before coming to Curtis John-Henry studied with Andres Diaz,  Hans Jensen, and Kristina Vaska-Haas.   He has played for or coached with such artists and teachers as: Lynn Harrell, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Paul Katz, Ralph Kirshbaum, Pinchas Zukerman, Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Jonathan Biss, Lawrence Dutton, Michael Tree, Zuill Bailey, Shauna Rolston, and  Amit Peled. His chamber groups have performed for the Emerson and St. Lawrence Quartet master classes.

John-Henry is from a musical family and performs on the 200 year old European cello handed down from his Austrian grandfather and cellist Dr. Robert Popper. In addition to playing the cello he enjoys playing cooking, swimming, and performing magic tricks. 

“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 

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