The Suzuki Violin School of Santa Barbara

The Suzuki Violin School of Santa Barbara brings the joy of violin to all ages and all levels. Cont A Pre-College Academy. We begin students as young as 4 years old and take them though high school.

Upon graduation, they are ready for conservatory and music schools. Most recent students went on to study Violin performance at San Fran Conservatory, Guitar at Berlklee College of Music, Political Science at Harvard, Environmental Science at UCLA, Dodge Film School at Chapman College, Digital Arts at UC Santa Cruz, Engineering at UCSB, Viola Performance and Education at Wheaton College.


Leah grew quite a bit and is now playing a full size violin! She was so excited- we had to capture the moment!

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra | Digital Concert Hall 09/01/2022

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra | Digital Concert Hall

11am PST today! Looking forward to seeing my friends in the Philly orchestra on stage in Berlin!

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra | Digital Concert Hall The Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates an important rediscovery at this concert. Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s programme features a work by Florence Price, a composer whose music attracted attention in the US during the 1930s and 40s by incorporating elements of spirituals into traditional sym...


Congratulations to for her early completion of high school and her new start at San Francisco Conservatory of Music!

Photos from The Suzuki Violin School of Santa Barbara's post 08/09/2022

Back from our musical travels to Austria, Germany and Italy and look what was waiting for us! A huge collection of guitar music donated from CAMA. Thank you! It will be put to good use! David Malvinni


Congratulations Adam and Nir on the shout out at the symphony! So many elements go into fostering the next generation of not only musicians but good human beings. We are so thrilled and proud to be a part of this journey with all of our students.

How lucky are we to have an internationally renowned Maestro raising his family in ? This week he’s conducting in Israel, but he still found time beforehand to accompany his son Adam at his recent violin performance at the Santa Barbara Scholarship Concert. Providing music education experiences to youth is the cornerstone of our mission. Nir Kabaretti truly embodies that! Congratulations to both of them!

Santa Barbara Music Club 2022 Scholarship Showcase 06/07/2022

Santa Barbara Music Club 2022 Scholarship Showcase

Thank you Bonnie Carroll for coming to the concert and the shout-out!

Edhat Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Music Club

Santa Barbara Music Club 2022 Scholarship Showcase By Bonnie Carroll What an unexpected gift I experienced by accepting an invitation from the parents of a scholarship recipient who was performing at the Santa Barbara Music Club 2022 Scholarship Showcase Concert I. With little knowledge of this organization or their concert history, or generous scho...

Photos from The Suzuki Violin School of Santa Barbara's post 06/07/2022

Congratulations to Zahra and Adam on their performance this weekend. They were both scholarship winners with the Santa Barbara Music Club and they had the opportunity to play in the Scholarship Showcase.
Next Saturday, 3pm, First United Methodist Church, Santa Barbarayou will hear Sofia, Sophie and Joey perform in the second portion of the showcase.
Thank you Music Club for supporting and encouraging these students! 👏👏🎉🎉


Spring Recital, 6:30pm, May 13, 2022

Please join us this Friday (MAY 13 at 6:30) for our first in-person Spring Recital since 2020! You will hear some of Santa Barbara's most talented musicians from beginner to advanced levels.
This event is also supporting two high schoolers fundraising initiatives for the Ukraine.

The Suzuki Violin School of Santa Barbara updated their information in their About section. 05/08/2022

The Suzuki Violin School of Santa Barbara updated their information in their About section.

The Suzuki Violin School of Santa Barbara updated their information in their About section.


Come support SB Suzuki Violin Students and SBCC dual enrollment students in a FREE Chamber Music Concert this Monday, May 9, 7pm at the Unitarian Society in Santa Barbara.

Please join us for a beautiful
Chamber Music Concert this Monday, May 9, 7PM at
Unitarian Society in Santa Barbara.
Please come enjoy movements of Mozart Kegelstatt Trio, Prokofiev Duo for Two Violin, Haydn String Quartet and short pieces for string ensemble.

Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara

Anne Akiko Meyers performs Marquez' "Fandango" with Gustavo Dudamel 04/17/2022

Anne Akiko Meyers performs Marquez' "Fandango" with Gustavo Dudamel

Way to go Sofia! This will be a fun concert. They will also be performing the famous Danzon 2 by Marquez, among others.

Anne Akiko Meyers performs Marquez' "Fandango" with Gustavo Dudamel In August 2021, Anne Akiko Meyers joined Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the world premiere of Arturo Márquez’ new violin concerto, “Fan...

Photos from The Suzuki Violin School of Santa Barbara's post 04/13/2022

One of our young violinists off to a great start! So happy to see her loving violin and eager to learn Twinkle!


Congratulations to ! We will miss seeing her in our violin studio but want to congratulate her on her Harvard acceptance, Coca Cola scholarship and her new book “ this book”
See Olivia below at her 2019 presentation at !

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for all of our amazing students and parents who encourage their children at home, in the lessons and in their daily life. They are the future!
One violin student at the SB Suzuki School is not only making local and national news, Seltzer, 15 years old, founder of The Cramm just spoke in front of world leaders at NATO and received a standing ovation!!! We couldn’t be prouder of her! What an inspiration!


The Ukrainian National Anthem "Shche ne vmerla Ukraina" (Excerpt)

Praying for Peace and the safety of the people of Ukraine. Enjoy the beautiful NY Phil’s performance of Ukraine’s National Anthem with Maestro Blomstedt.

If You Want Smarter Kids Teach Them Music, Not Coding, According To MIT - Awareness Act 02/20/2022

If You Want Smarter Kids Teach Them Music, Not Coding, According To MIT - Awareness Act

If You Want Smarter Kids Teach Them Music, Not Coding, According To MIT - Awareness Act Most parents want their children to be intelligent and successful. And while some experts have pushed parents to teach their children coding, new research is...

Photos from The Suzuki Violin School of Santa Barbara's post 01/28/2022

Happy Birthday Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! Hope to return to the beautiful city of Salzburg soon!


Due to our recent surge in Santa Barbara, the SBCC Chamber Music class will be starting virtually next week and then in person Feb. 24. Register now! A wonderful music making opportunity for high schoolers, music majors and our Santa Barbara community.

Attention students- there is a late start class just for you!
All instruments and all levels are wanted for Chamber Music.
We will be starting next week virtually and then in person on February 24.
We will be working in small groups; duos, trios, quartets and small ensembles. Strings, winds, piano, guitar- all are welcome!
This semester, we are especially looking for a cellist.
Sign-up now and spread the word!
Need an add code? Contact Professor [email protected]


Gone way too soon. I had the honor of having coachings with Roger Tapping when he was a member of the Takács Quartet. He was an incredible musician and passionate chamber coach.
Condolences to his family, colleagues and all that new Roger.

We are heartbroken to lose our beloved colleague and friend Roger Tapping. Roger died of cancer today at the age of 61 with his family by his side. One of the most passionate and celebrated chamber musicians of his generation, Roger was adored by students, colleagues, and audiences around the world. His love for performing and teaching radiated from his very being and deeply touched all who knew him. We will continue to be inspired by his unstoppable energy and zeal, qualities that he brought to all his musical collaborations. Our daily quartet rehearsals were elevated by Roger’s love for playing string quartets together. The pleasure he derived from music-making was palpable and inspiring, not just for those of us who were his colleagues, but for the generations of young musicians who were fortunate enough to have known and worked with him. - Areta, Astrid, and Ron

Photo Credit: Matt Dine


2 Days Until Opening Night

Streaming now! Live music is Back!
So awesome to hear Valerie Coleman’s premier of
“7 o’clock shout!” Obviously written during the pandemic.
Wonderful to see my Curtis friends in the Philly orchestra! With Yanick Nézet-Séguin
Up next: Yuja Wang, Shostakovich Piano Concerto

Anderson Cooper on witnessing Tony Bennett’s final act 10/04/2021

Anderson Cooper on witnessing Tony Bennett’s final act


Anderson Cooper on witnessing Tony Bennett’s final act The 60 Minutes correspondent said of his report, “It was among the most extraordinary things I'd experienced on a shoot.”"60 Minutes" is the most successful ...

Hilary Hahn on Twitter 09/20/2021

Hilary Hahn on Twitter

If you didn’t already know, world famous soloist and proud to call my Curtis colleague, started as a Twinkler! “Taka taka stop stop” 🎶🎼
What are your favorite Twinkle Variation words?

Hilary Hahn on Twitter “Fan Q&A, part 14. “What was the first piece of music you learned?” Today concludes this series! Thank you for your questions and for following along over the past 2 weeks. Thank you for producing these videos.”


Working in the studio and getting some small violas ready for a new student who is moving here from the UK. 🎻🇬🇧💂
I realized that two of my students that started with me in third grade, same age as my new student, are now beginning their first year in college! 📚

Congratulations to on your first year at Chapman University Dodge School of Film studies majoring in film production!🎬🎞📽
Congratulations to on your first year at UC Santa Barbara majoring in electrical engineering! ⚡️👷
Enjoy every moment! Super excited for you both!
Valerie Malvinni
David Malvinni


Teaching in person at our downtown studio and at SBCC has been the most rewarding start to this academic year. A very sweet student (who may be finishing her doctorate degree in engineering at UCSB this year) was so appreciative to come back to in-person lessons, that she brought me these beautiful sunflowers!
Thank you and it is my pleasure to be teaching!

Valerie Malvinni

SBCC Music Department

C-GAP Home - Chigiana Global Program 05/31/2021

C-GAP Home - Chigiana Global Program

Sharing for a friend. Happening this week and online this year!

C-GAP Home - Chigiana Global Program Find out all about our Chigiana Global Academy Program. Take virtual tours of Siena and the Accademia, explore the courses, participate in free masterclasses and chat with our students and staff. THURSDAY JUNE 3RD 11AM – 2PM Eastern time (USA) Presentation of the Summer Programs Dean Dr. Antonio A...

Timeline photos 05/13/2021

Check out Joey’s performance with the SBS this weekend! Can’t wait!
The Granada Theatre Joey Malvinni

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 invokes a sense of universal longing and musical connection, making it for a season finale that caps of a year of extraordinary events and unprecedented change. Hear the largest assembly of Santa Barbara Symphony musicians so far this season come together to perform Beethoven, Mozart, and much more! It’s all happening Saturday, May 15 (with an encore matinee on Sunday, May 16), with the LIVE premiere broadcast of Triumph, recorded onstage at The Granada Theatre, our 2020/21 Grand Venue Sponsor.

For tickets and information, go to:

Award-winning piano virtuoso AWADAGIN PRATT joins Maestro Nir Kabaretti and the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major. Also included in this powerful, triumphant program: Benjamin Britten's Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury.

Audiences will also get the chance to see and hear 13-year-old musician Joseph Malvinni, one of the winners of the 2021 SB Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, who will join the Symphony musicians onstage to perform Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Concerto for Guitar in D major, First Movement.

Don't forget to upgrade your concert weekend!

As always, we have a host of surprises planned, including pre-show interviews, live audience chats, cocktails, and much more! Don't forget to stop by The Good Lion and sample the Symphony Staff Pick cocktail for May: Spring Spritz — strawberry-infused vodka, bitter orange, rhubarb, and bubbles!


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Photos from The Suzuki Violin School of Santa Barbara's post 04/19/2021

Look what walked into the studio today!
Have you ever seen such a case?!

Wait until you see the violin inside. Stunning 😍


Congratulations to Joey on being a concerto competition winner with the SB Youth Symphony!
Feel free to like and follow on his accounts. FB-
Joseph Malvinni

Performance information to come...

✨🎸 So excited to be a Santa Barbara Youth Symphony concerto competition winner! This was such a great experience, and I am looking forward to performing the Castelnuovo-Tedesco with an actual orchestra!


Happy Easter!

Photos from The Suzuki Violin School of Santa Barbara's post 03/03/2021

🍲Soup’s on!🍲

Feeling the need for something warm and nourishing today.
Potato Leek soup courtesy of .

But sorry Crockpot, I never can keep to recipes and wanted this to be plant- based, so no, there is no bacon in this.
Would you like this version of the soup? Comment or DM. Or maybe you can guess! I did add extra veggie scraps or bottoms to make the broth plus herbs.
Might throw some tomatoes in too!

Last pic shows my breaking timer. Luckily I know it increases in increments of 30 minutes.
Can you guess how long I set the timer?! 🤣

Also inspired by violinist “Garbage Soup”! 🥕🧅🧄

What’s your favorite soup?🥣


Happy New Year! While 2020 has been a difficult year, we are wishing everyone good health, happiness, and Love in 2021.
Music, the universal language, is a central part of every culture and its importance to humanity reaches far beyond entertainment. Music spreads joy and love and offers profound healing benefits for our mental health.
In our desire to spread joy to as many people as possible, we are offering discounts on ALL of our instruments in stock.
New to an instrument? We are giving one FREE month of a student level rental instrument, a beginner book written and illustrated by Valerie and Sofia Malvinni, and one FREE 15 minute “Introduction to the instrument” class. This offer is given upon registration of a month of lessons and ends January 31, 2021.
We hope to hear from you and wishing you the best this year.
Stay healthy and let’s start spreading joy through music!

Valerie Malvinni
Director, The Suzuki Violin School of Santa Barbara
Co-owner, Santa Barbara Stringed Instruments

Ivry Gitlis’s ‘Sancy’ Stradivari & Tales from his Career 12/24/2020

Ivry Gitlis’s ‘Sancy’ Stradivari & Tales from his Career

RIP Ivry Gitlis. One of the greats have left us today. Enjoy this video of Jason Price of interviewing Gitlis on his career, his violin and advice to future violinists. He will be missed.

Ivry Gitlis’s ‘Sancy’ Stradivari & Tales from his Career In celebration of his 94th birthday and 60th anniversary of owning the 1713 ‘Sancy’ Stradivari, Ivry Gitlis talks to Jason Price about his career, his friend...


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Our in house musicologist, guitarist, professor Dr. David Malvinni introducing Maestro , the virtuoso guitarist and Professor at NEC and Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, before his incredible talk on Beethoven and the 9th Symphony. Thrilled for the collaboration!

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Spring Recital, 6:30pm, May 13, 2022
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