Ifshin Violins
Featured Instrument

We are pleased to offer this fine French violin by luthier Albert Caressa. A particularly important Parisian violin maker around the turn of the 20th century, Albert Caressa was the luthier to the Paris Conservatory and partner in the prolific firm, Caressa & Francais. Read more about this maker and this particular instrument in our Article on Albert Caressa

"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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Special Event: Crowden School of Music Fundraiser
Ifshin Violins is pleased to host a special Crowden School Fundraiser

Saturday, March 4, 2017
at Ifshin Violins: 6420 Fairmount Ave, El Cerrito, CA

Please join us for a special Food & Wine Benefit Reception!

Support the Crowden School's 2017 music tour to Chicago and Cleveland.

General admission tickets are available for $75. Buy advance tickets here

Summer Music Programs, 2017
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...

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)

Rare & Fine Instruments
Jay Haide Instruments

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