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.




Midori at Benaroya Hall

Violinist, Midori will be performing at Benaroya Hall on June 18, 19 and 20th. Named as one of the world's top child prodigies to make a signifigant contribution to society by CNN, she has devoted her career to promoting access to music and instruments.  Midori & Friends, founded in 1992 provides musical instruction, performance and workshops to children in New York, over 150,000 children have participated in this program. www.seattlesymphony.org

"In the 2008-2009 season, violinist Midori concocts the blend of worldwide performances (90), expanding commitment to community engagement, devotion to her various roles at the prestigious University of Southern California, and enthusiastic exploration of new territory that fans, students, and media alike have come to expect from this brilliant and multi-faceted artist. Her season will include a first-ever tour of trio repertoire with two distinguished colleagues, pianist Jonathan Biss and cellist Johannes Moser; her first appearances in Central America, with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica; two rare appearances at the intimate Wigmore Hall in London, and the opening of the Bruckner Festival with Bruckner Orchestra Linz."

From her website, www.gotomidori.com


Kairos Lyceum

photograph from the front page of the Kairos Lyceum website, click on the picture to visit the siteThe Kairos Lyceum at Central Washington University is a ten day intensive for advanced high school and college players from July 16-25, 2009. Designed to broaden knowledge and strengthen performance ability, the program offers an extrodinary opportunity to string players.   

Deadline for applying is April 1, 2009. College credit is available as well as scolarships for qualifying students.

To find out more visit: kairosmusic.org


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.