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The Metzler Violin Shop Story

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Thomas Metzler (he/him), President/Founder

Tom gives each customer his full attention in his unhurried, soft spoken style. In 1972, while a violin major at the University of Iowa, Tom decided to pursue his dream of being a violin maker. He headed for Mittenwald, Germany where he studied German until an opening became available at the Bavarian State Trade School for Violin Making, from which he received a degree in 1976.

After a three-year apprenticeship with Hans Weisshaar, Tom Metzler and David Rivinus opened a small shop in a second-floor walk-up in Glendale, California. In 1983 they moved the shop to its present location, and David Rivinus left the business shortly after to concentrate on instrument making.

Pandora (Panda)Shop Greeter, and all-round goodest girl


Barbara Don (she/her), Co-owner 

Barbara was one of Tom's first customers.  A graduate of Pomona College and a freelance violinist, Barbara rented a room from the violin shop in order to have a violin teaching studio. Tom and Barbara were married in 1983 and Barbara joined the business to help Tom when his partner left. 

She saw the need in Los Angeles for a sheet music shop specializing in bowed string instruments, so over a twelve year period she built a first-rate collection of string sheet music, which is now available here on this WebStore and at our Glendale location.




Photo: Mike Kelley

Wesley (he/him), Workshop Assistant

When you call the Metzler Violin Shop, or walk in the front door, the helpful young man you encounter is most likely Wesley!  A graduate of UC Davis, Wesley is a talented violinist, aspiring violin maker, and a wonderful father of two adorable and rambunctious boys.


Photo: Mike Kelley

Emily (she/her), Store Manager 

Emily is an Australian native who moved to New Zealand when she was 7. After receiving an offer to pursue her Masters in Classical Performance (Voice) from UCLA in 2015 she moved to Los Angeles, and has been here ever since. She loves to coordinate shop events, such as our successful American Makers Exhibition. 



Nico (they/them), Sales and Marketing ~ Violin Specialist 

Nico is a professional violinist and private teacher in Los Angeles. They received their Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Chapman University.

Photo: Mike Kelley

Anthony (he/him), Sales Associate ~ Cello Specialist

Anthony graduated from the University of Redlands in the Spring of 2021 with a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance. While attending the University of Redlands, he studied with Kyle Champion. He attended the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute and Festival in 2018 and 2019, studying under Alistair MacRae. Anthony has a passion for teaching cello and spreading the love of music. Currently, he teaches students of all levels in his private studio, and is the Strings Coach at both Granada Hills Charter High School and Robert Frost Middle School.


Photo: Mike Kelley

Julia (she/her), Sales Associate 

Julia is the younger of Tom and Barbara’s two daughters. She is a violinist, but is mostly focused on her career as an opera singer. Julia holds a Master’s of Music in Opera from UCLA, and a Bachelor's of Music from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. When not performing she assists with sales and customer service at the violin shop.





Teru (he/him), Violin Repair and Restoration 

Originally from Osaka, Japan, Teru came to the U.S. in 1988 to study violin making at the Chicago Violin Making School. After graduating in 1992, Teru came to work for the Metzler Violin Shop.

He has over 25 years experience in restoration and repair and has earned a local reputation for his tremendous skill in varnish retouching.


Shawn (he/him), Bow Repair and Restoration

Here to take care of all of your bow needs, Shawn is also an accomplished violinist!

For the fastest service, please make an appointment in advance for your bow work. 

Available days for bow rehair and repair work are Tuesday - Saturday.