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.  




Leonard Slatkin Conducts

Leonard Slatkin conducts Symphonie fantastique for the Seattle Symphony, written by French composer Hector Berlioz in 1830 March 19-22. Julian Rachlin on violin. For more information click here: www.seattlesymphony.org

Consisting of five movements the symphony is the story of an artist gifted with imagination and hopeless love.

From wikipedia: Berlioz provided his own program notes for each movement of the work. He prefaces his notes with the following instructions:

The composer’s intention has been to develop various episodes in the life of an artist, in so far as they lend themselves to musical treatment. As the work cannot rely on the assistance of speech, the plan of the instrumental drama needs to be set out in advance. The following programme must therefore be considered as the spoken text of an opera, which serves to introduce musical movements and to motivate their character and expression.


Philharmonia Northwest

On Sunday, March 22, the Philharmonia Northwest Chamber Orchestra performs. The performance begins at 2:30pm at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 4805 NE 45th Street in Laurelhurst.

H. Berlioz - Beatrice and Bendict Overture

F. Mendelssohn - Piano Concerto No. 1

F. Schubert - Symphony No. 3

Tickets are $18 General Admission, $12 Seniors, Students and Disabled, 1 child under 18 free with each paying adult.

For more information call 206-675-9727

To visit their website: www.philharmonian.org


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.