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


Kevin Hekmatpanah

Deeply committed to teaching, cellist Kevin Hekmatpanah is an Associate Professor at Gonzaga University, where he has taught since 1994. He is currently a member of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. His teachers have included such nationally renowned pedagogues as Stephen Kates, Fritz Magg, and Gabor Rejto, and he has received coaching from such internationally celebrated artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, and Janos Starker.

Mr.  Hekmatpanah is a conductor and seasoned artist and has presented hundreds of solo and chamber performances throughout the country, including locally with the Kirkland Performance Center in Seattle. He has also presented concerts of the complete works for Cello and Piano by Beethoven and over twenty cycles performing all Six Bach Suites. As a soloist he has performed with various ensembles, including the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs in Colorado, the Southern Arizona Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, and the Vashon Chamber Orchestra. He recently presented a recital in Tromsø, Norway. A full list of his performances and awards can be found on his website, www.kevinhekmatpanah.com

“Hekmatpanah held his own via his own distinctive features as an artist. His playing is very dramatic, often to extremes. He juxtaposes sensitivity with an almost reckless abandon, which gives his performance a gripping flair ... the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations [was] a piece which seems to have been written expressly for Hekmatpanah, as a vehicle for the expression of his impressive technical skills, with its virtuosic passage work and spectacular cadenza.”--- Sidelines; Murfreesboro, TN

His award winning sound has been released on a CD containing cello sonatas by Franck, Debussy, and Chopin. To request it please contact Mr. Hekmatpanah directly through email: hekmatpanah@gonzaga.edu


Karissa Zadinsky

Our featured customer this month is fifteen year old cellist, Karissa Zadinsky. Karissa lives in Issaquah, and is an honors student at the Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus. She is the 2010 Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside Concerto Competition winner, and recently was a featured guest with Gerard Schwarz on King 5’s “New Day Northwest” morning television show.  She has served as principal cellist of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated as a chamber musician with Mark O’Connor as part of the 2008 Seattle Symphony Summerfest. She studies with Dr. Leslie Hirt Marckx and Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, as well as participates in master classes and music festivals in the area.

Karissa is from a very musical family. Arthur, her father, is a first violinist with the Seattle Symphony, her mother Debra is a violin and viola private studio teacher, coach, and performer. Her older brother Derek is a double bassist studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. 

When it was time for Karissa to move to a larger instrument than her 3/4 size cello, Rafael Carrabba went well out of his way to help us find her current ideal 7/8 size cello, which she will be performing on with the symphony. He quickly made perfect tonal adjustments and changes suggested by her teachers and was very patient with us as we made this important purchase decision. Mr. Carrabba has always provided excellent service to serious Zadinsky studio students over the past 20 years and has always paid impeccable attention to detail. We are very fortunate to have such a fantastic luthier and his dedicated, highly talented team here in Seattle.

Karissa Zadinsky will be performing throughout May in Seattle, if you would like more details, please return to our front page.


Mannfried Funk

Cellist and teacher, Mannfried Funk started the cello at the age of five at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and studied with Margaret Rowell, Barton Frank, Paul Olefsky, Ramy Shevelov and Zara Nelsova. He has won a number of solo competitions including the prestigious Pacific Musical Society award at age 11, the California cello club award, the Alameda music teachers award and, locally the Don Bushell Competition.

Mr. Funk came to Seattle as a member of the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Seattle Opera. Currently he has been active as a soloist, teacher and recording cellist for the movie industry. He has performed in the United States, Europe, Japan, South America, Middle East and former Soviet Union. He has also held various Principal Cello positions and was on the U.S. tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Music of the Night". Prior to arriving to Seattle he was Principal and Coprincipal Cello of several orchestras in South America and Coprincipal Cellist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute.