Violins, LLC was founded in 1978 by Stephen Kapeller. Mr.
Kapeller had an interest in instrument repair from his student
experience with a luthier in Orange, NJ. His training included
several years of study under Karl Roy, Hans Nebel, Arnold
Bone and William Salchow. Mr. Kapeller studied cello with
Ed Szabo and William Stokking at Rowan University and with
Aldo Parisot at Yale. Mr. Kapeller had a long teaching career,
directed the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program and
played with the Richmond Symphony for thirty years.
Our Philosophy - It is our goal to use
our experience and expertise to help our customers, whether
aspiring, novice, experienced amateur, or professional musicians.
We will offer information to assist those requiring guidance
in a string instrument purchase or repair. We strive to ensure
that we have given the time and attention that each customer
deserves, and to know that at the end of each day, we have
done our best.
Brittany Elaine Leeper has joined our shop after working for the well-known Johnson String Instrument in Boston. She previously trained in violin repair at Indiana University under Thomas G. Sparks, graduating in July 2014, and was employed under his direction at the IU Violin Shop.
Ms. Leeper also has a background as a cellist, having toured with the Hoosier Youth Philharmonic as Principal Cellist. She is an avid cyclist, offering her skills and knowledge in repair through community projects.
Jane Kapeller is responsible for general management of
the shop, and for helping customers. Mrs. Kapeller studied
violin in New York City with Sally Thomas and Ivan Galamian
and at Indiana University with Tadeus Wronski and Joseph Gingold.
She played professionally for twenty-five years.
Cleo 1998 - 2009 and Bruno
2000 - 2014
Many of you have visited our shop and met our canine
staff: Cleo, a Standard Poodle and Bruno, our rescued Swiss
Mountain mix. Although we have sadly lost both of them, they
remain an integal part of our history, and we treasure their
Member, Violin Society of America