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.  

Rafael Carrabba Violins is located on Queen Anne Hill at 405 W Galer Street in beautiful Seattle, Washington.

If you are traveling to Seattle to try one of our instruments, we can help you find a hotel close to the shop. More information? Please call us at 206-283-5566.

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Carrabba Violins

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


Wed through Fri 9-5
Sat 10-5

Bow repair /rehair by appointment only on Fridays *Bows in before 9:30 am

We roast coffee behind the violin shop. The Luthier Blend is a our signature roast great for espresso and drip. queenanneroasters.com

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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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