Violin shop in Vancouver, BC

Lisa said: Jul 18, 2012
Lisa Hollis
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Dorchester, MA
21 posts

Hi there,

I posted this in the teachers’ forum the other day, but just saw this Canadian forum so thought I’d try here too.

I teach two girls that live in Vancouver, BC via Skype. They were previously students of mine in Bermuda. They were unable to find a Suzuki teacher they liked so felt that Skype was the best choice for them at the time.

It is time for the oldest, who is 8 and on the 3rd mvt of the Vivaldi a minor, to get a 1/2 size violin. I only know shops in the States and was wondering if anyone knows of a reputable violin shop in Vancouver where they could buy a decent 1/2 size violin. They are dedicated students so I think that by the time she is ready for a full size, she will need a pretty decent instrument. Because of this, I think they need to buy from a shop that offers a trade-in policy and that offers a good selection of professional level full size instruments. From looking online, I can’t seem to find anything like that in Vancouver.

Also, if anyone knows of a good Suzuki violin teacher in the Vancouver area, please let me know. Skype is working at the moment, but it won’t forever. I would also like for them to work with an accompanist, but again not living there, don’t know where to look.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Kathleen Schoen said: Jul 19, 2012
Kathleen SchoenTeacher Trainer
Institute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Flute, Recorder, Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Edmonton, AB
25 posts

Try Mark Luchkow. He’s a Suzuki violin & viola teacher in the Vancouver area. I know him well—he has worked with my daughter and my friend’s daughter, so I can vouch for his teaching! :-) He’s in the SAA members directory. If he can’t help you he will know people who can. You can also try Rick Dorfer—I think he’s located farther out in the Fraser Valley, not right in Vancouver, but he is also a very good Suzuki violin teacher that my daughter has also worked with at Institutes.

Jennifer Gray said: Aug 3, 2012
Jennifer Gray
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
28 posts

Hi Lisa. There are quite a few good Suzuki teachers in Vancouver, and Mark Luchkow is one of them. Rick Dorfer is excellent but does teach in White Rock which is not central. There are many teachers with Suzuki training at different schools (Vancouver Academy,Arbutus Music Academy{where I teach},VSO School, to name only a few) and lots of independent teachers as well. She should ask some school mates, or friends who play for suggestions; I am sure that she can find someone who suits her style, and a program that helps support this

Jennifer Gray said: Aug 3, 2012
Jennifer Gray
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
28 posts

………and there are a number of shops that fit the bill, with either rent to own and trade up programs or trade up policies that are quite reasonable. You or your student can contact me for recommendations………

Sophia said: Jan 19, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Cello, Viola
Vancouver, BC
16 posts

Hello, I would love to know about instrument stores that have available violins for sale and rentals. I’m new to Vancouver and would like to find instruments that are decent with good strings and a good set up.

Barb said: Jan 22, 2013
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

My students (all beginners) have been happy with both Northwest Music and KCM Luthiery. I think I did see one cello with a high bridge from NW, but most have been well set up. Please let us know what else you find. I’m not familiar with Vancouver, but have to send students there for instruments.

Barb
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Sophia said: Jan 27, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Cello, Viola
Vancouver, BC
16 posts

Thanks Barb. That’s very helpful. I’ll have to keep you informed.

Paul Cheng said: Feb 18, 2013
 1 posts

Gliga has opened a store in West Vancouver. Their Canadian website is www.violinslover.ca. I’ve been there and they have really nice violins. I used to order Gliga violins for my students from their US website, but now they are here in Vancouver. This is great for both, students and teachers.

Barb said: Dec 4, 2013
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

I’ve just heard that Northwest Music in Vancouver has been bought by Long and McQuade.

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

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