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

Tuesdays by appointment only.

Bow repair and rehair done on Fridays, by appointment only.  

* Bows must be in anytime before 9:30 am the day of the scheduled rehair.




Julian Schwarz

Michael Huebner of The Birmingham News wrote an article about Julian Schwarz and his upcoming appearance on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 8 pm with the Moscow State Radio Symphony. This is one of many appearances Julian will be making this year with the Symphony.

Huebner writes, "Whether that Russian spirit stayed with him will be put to the test Saturday when Schwarz solos in Tchaikovsky's "Rococo Variations" with the Moscow State Radio Symphony at the Alys Stephens Center. It will be the first of 15 appearances Schwarz will make with the touring orchestra, and Schwarz's first experience with a European orchestra."

To read the full article, CLICK HERE


Happy Holidays

As your local choice for restorations, repairs, and fine instrument sales, we at Rafael Carrabba Violins, would like to say thank you!

Come in and visit us during the Holiday Season. We have specials on CD's and strings. We have also have new cases from Bam and Musafia.

Rafael Carrabba Violins celebrates 25 years in business in 2010. Thank you for being a part of our success. May you have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

The Violin shop will close Dec 24th at 3:00 pm and open again on Monday January 4th. While the shop will not be open, Rafael Carrabba is available to see customers on request. Email here or call the shop at 206-283-5566 for an appointment.



photo by Darrell Peterson


Icicle Creek Piano Trio

The Icicle Creek Piano Trio is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Icicle Creek Music Center, a non-profit organization in Leavenworth, Washington. As well as offering year-round concerts in the Center’s picturesque Canyon Wren Concert Hall and an intensive International Chamber Music Festival and Institute each July, the artists maintain busy private studios and offer regular coaching sessions to local and visiting young ensembles.

The Icicle Creek Piano Trio, released a CD in 2008. The CD is available for purchase at Carrabba Violins, and through Icicle Creek Music Center and other fine retailers.

Writing about the The Trio's debut recording of Ravel and Schubert Piano Trios, Gramophone Magazine said, “The playing is warmly considered, meticulous in articulation and blend, and silken in sonority.”

The Strad Magazine wrote, “They catch all the subtle, shimmering shades...their reading is literal, free of mannerisms...”

As a customer or Rafael Carrabba Violins, you can read more about the center and the Trio by clicking on Customer Profiles.