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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Monday
Mar092009

The Naked Violin

Tasmin Little, from London, wants to draw more people to the sound of a solo violin. In 2008, a documentary focused on her project, "The Naked Violin" received high acclaim in England and led to workshops and recitals throughout the UK. On her website, www.tasminlittle.net, she offers free downloads of music by J.S.Bach, Paul Patterson and Eugène Ysaÿe. As part of her mission to share the sound of the violin, you are encouraged to download the works for your private use.

From her website: "As a concerto player, Tasmin's performances in the 2008/09 season took her back to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam where she gave the World Premiere of a violin concerto by Robin de Raaff, and she will return in 2010 to the Concertgebouw to premiere a concerto by Willem Jeths. Other performances in 2009 include concerts in Utrecht, Seattle, Katowice, Belfast, Ireland, Spain and a major tour of China, where she will continue her Naked Violin project as well as performing works from her new CD 'Partners in Time' with John Lenehan."

From March 6-14, Tasmin Little is in residency at the Seattle Symphony. Her next performances, as of this writing are at 7:30 p.m. March 12 and 8 p.m and March 14. For ticket information contact the Seattle Symphony at 206-215-4747.

For more information visit these websites:

Seattle Times Article about Tasmin Little; The Seattle Times

Tasmin Little website

The Seattle Symphony

And for a fantastic and fun music video of Tasmin Little, which we found on youtube, just click play below.

Saturday
Jan312009

Article in the Seattle Times

Schwarz's silver anniversary, stars from Perlman to Fleming

by: Michael Upchurch

Conductor Gerard Schwarz will soon celebrate his 25th year as Music Director of the Seattle Symphony. Festivities marking the occasion are part of the Symphony's Sept. 12 Opening Night Concert and Gala, featuring pianist John Lill performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3.

Other highlights of the 2009-2010 season include a Leonard Bernstein celebration, a centennial tribute to Samuel Barber and "The Concerto Project," featuring violin concertos by Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Strauss and Barber, and piano concertos by Rachmaninov, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Beethoven and Prokofiev.

Big performance names returning to Seattle include tenor Vinson Cole; violinists James Ehnes and Dmitry Sitkovetsky; and pianists Lang Lang, Arnaldo Cohen, Simon Trpceski and Peter Serkin. The first subscription series concert will feature pianists Marielle and Katia Labèque presenting the world premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's "Fantasia sobre La Pasión según San Marcos." Other contemporary works enjoying Seattle Symphony premieres are John Adams' "Harmonielehre" and Michael Tippett's sumptuous "Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli."

Full Article, CLICK HERE

Wednesday
Jan212009

Inauguration Quartet

Violinist Itzhak Perlman and cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed at the Inauguration to a crowd of over 1.8 million people. 

Inauguration quartet simply filled with hope

By MARTIN STEINBERG 

It was written by an iconic American movie composer and performed by a quartet direct from central casting — in front of a worldwide audience of millions.

It was a simple gift from composer John Williams.

The Oscar-winning composer of "Star Wars," "Jaws" and "Schindler's List" pulled together this five-minute piece to commemorate the inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president.

To read the full Associated Press article, click here