Ifshin Violins
Featured Bow

We are delighted to offer this fine violin bow by the legendary archetier Pierre Simon, one of the greatest French bow makers of the 19th century. This bow is one of the finest of his work and is in amazing condition. It even has its original tinsel wrapping and bears the J.B. Vuillaume brand.

Visit our Article on Simon to read more about this bow maker and particular bow.

"Ifshin Violins" Poster by David Lance Goines

We are very excited to offer the "Ifshin Violins" poster, an original David Goines, while supplies last.

Elmar Oliveira, Featured Artist

One of the preeminent violinists of our time, Elmar Oliveira is the only American violinist to be awarded the gold medal at the International Tchaikovsky Violin Competition as well as the first and only violinist to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. He has appeared as soloist on five continents with most of the world's major orchestras. Elmar Oliveira plays on one of our premium Jay Haide l'Ancienne violins.

Click here to listen to him performing 'Meditation' from 'Thais' by Massenet on his Jay Haide violin, with Robert Koenig on piano.

Elmar Oliveira, Featured Artist
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Teacher Reference Guide

List of San Francisco Bay Area violin, viola and cello teachers offering private lessons in a variety of styles.

Please contact the teachers directly for information on studio location, rates and policies.

(photo by Sophia Wilson)

Summer Music Progams for 2016

Here is our annual list of some of the amazing summer camps and programs available in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California! Check out the websites of such perenial favorites as Cazadero, Crowden, Valley of the Moon, San Francisco Conservatory, Jazz Camp, and many many more!

There's a summer music program out there for all of you; young or young at heart.

Greater Bay Area Youth Symphonies

We've compiled a list of the youth orchestras that we know of in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. If you know there is a youth orchestra/youth chamber group we've missed, let us know! This is a public resource; we have no guarantee of accuracy, nor do we have any particular affiliation.

Guide To Choosing and Using Strings for Violins, Violas and Cellos

stringsMany musicians and students are amazed and sometimes bewildered by the large number of strings available for the violin, viola, cello and bass. We are offering this information to answer some of the basic questions about choosing strings...Each different type of string has its own special characteristics, which can change the sound of your instrument. These characteristics can make subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) changes in the quality, playability, volume and responsiveness of the instrument...

Our own Haide Lin and Artur Friedhoff win awards at the VSA!

Our own Haide Lin and Artur Friedhoff win awards at the VSA!

Master luthier Haide Lin and luthier Artur Friedhoff both won awards for their instruments at the recent VSA competition in Indianapolis. Haide received a silver medal for his cello, and certificate for wokmanship for his violin. Artur received a certificate for tone for his violin.

The Mystery of Origin

The Mystery of Origin

For 200 years, German luthiers supplied musicians with serviceable and affordable stringed instruments. Yet their story remains largely unknown.

Richard Ward examines part of the fascinating history of German violin making before World War I.

Bowmaker Morgan Andersen wins Grand Prize!

Bowmaker Morgan Andersen wins Grand Prize at the Concours Etienne Vatelot in Paris.

We are delighted to learn that our friend Morgan Andersen has just won top prize at the 2011 Concours Etienne Vatelot competition in Paris for his latest violin bow...

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New Product!

NS Design electric violins are here! We are currently showing a CR series violin. The NXT series violin and the WAV series violin will be available soon.

Reception Pictures - Cremona Exhibition

The Cremona Exhibitions we have held have been a huge success! Check out photos from our exhibition receptions.

Alasdair Fraser, world renowned Scottish fiddler, shows his new Jay Haide à l'ancienne violin.