Hojoon Owen Lee – Instrument Advisor
Through diligent effort and excellent customer service, Owen built strong relationships with many well-known violin shop owners across the country. When they talked about the violin business and meeting customer expectations, one problem kept coming up: the inability to improve on the instruments provided by third parties.
This led Owen to renowned violinmaker and restorer Amos Hargrave in Lawrence, Kansas. Working with Hargrave, Owen learned the skills of violin making as they restored old Italian instruments as well as other fine instruments.
After his apprenticeship with Hargrave who was pupil of Rene Morel New York and judge of International Violin making competition (VSA), Owen continued and intensified his study of old Italian and old fine violins. In addition, today he uses his experience and expertise to provide accurate and informative appraisals on customers’ instruments. Owen regularly visits Europe to look for hidden gems and the highest quality antique instruments and bows from all over Europe.
Owen is constantly searching for the best sounding instruments for his customers. Because he has been tracking the string instrument market for a number of years and works with many dealers across the country, Owen can give accurate advice to customers and investors, including forecasting the potential return on investment any instrument might have.
Owen’s background as a violinmaker, his passion for these instruments, and his experience have lead him great opportunity to inspect and examine some of the best instruments from the likes of Antonio Stradivari, Guarneri Del Gesu, J.B Vuillaum, the Gagliano families, and many more. He is able to give accurate advice and appraisals to his customers confidently.
After long partnership and training with renowned French appraisers (Mr. Jean-Francois Raffin, Sylvan Bigot, Yannick Le Canu for French bows and Jean-Jacques Rampal, Jonathan Marolle for fine instruments), Owen Lee and LAVS are proud to announce they will be hosting an event in every January with these experts.
Jiwon Han – Chief Workshop Violin Maker
He joined our team to achieve higher level of restoring instruments.
He acquired a prestigious Tone Award from the Violin Society America, for violin making in 2018.
LAVS is so proud to have him as our head luthier.
Ryan Kim – Luthier
Sanha Park – Luthier in Training
San-Ha is currently advancing his experience with set-up, repair, and violinmaking at the LA Violin Shop. He originally studied Guitar Craft at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, under Isaac Jang, and he has been in an apprenticeship with luthier Kathy Wingert since October 2016. He has experience as a guitar-making teaching-assistant at The Musicians Institute, teaching the Guitar Craft courses. Additionally, he has been repairing, restoring, and building guitars since, and is currently working on building instruments as a freelance luthier. San-Ha holds a liberal arts degree as well as further Fine Arts education from the Tyler School of Arts, Moore College of Arts, and The Art Institute of Philadelphia.
Daniel Hooper – Customer Service & Office Manager
Daniel began his violinistic journey in the fourth grade, and came up through the public school music program. Along the way, he took a number of Superior ratings at Solo
Festivals, won chairs in many Junior High and High School Honor Orchestras, and was a member of Youth Symphony West for four years. He attended the Conservatory of Music at University
of The Pacific, where he majored in Music Education and studied violin under Warren van Bronkhorst.
Daniel took his degree in English Literature at San Francisco State University, but still found time to play with San Francisco Children’s Opera, The University Symphony, and other community musical groups.
On returning to Los Angeles, Daniel decided to get seriously reacquainted with his violin, and that lead him to Los Angeles Violin Shop, where Danny and Owen were looking for a Sales Manager to help them grow their business and make themselves more widely known to the public school orchestra directors.
“The driving force behind Los Angeles Violin Shop,” according to Daniel, “is to put the best sounding instruments in the hands of players regardless of their performance level or budget. That means that students and those just starting out can get an instrument optimized to its highest potential, just like those of top performer. And they get the same service. That’s why I enjoy working at Los Angeles Violin Shop.”
Dodam Kim – Customer Service & Sales
Dodam Kim is a professional violinist and teacher in the Los Angeles area. She
started learning violin at the age of six in South Korea. Having moved to England
during middle school, she joined the junior Symphony orchestra at the Royal College
of Music in London and continued her studies with Natalia Boyarsky. In 2002, she
moved to the United States and continued her pursuit of music by joining the
Colburn School of Music program. Having taught private lessons from the age of 16,
she developed a deep passion for teaching, which ultimately lead her to pursue her
career as a violin teacher.
She studied at UCLA under Guillaume Suture, receiving full scholarship and B.A in
Currently, Dodam teaches at her own violin studio, while also working at LA violin
shop as a teacher and sales representative.
Sarah M Cave – Public Relations & Sales
Sarah MeeRan Cave joined the LA Violin Shop team in July 2018. She brings with her a background rooted in violin performance, teaching, composing, fine arts, and even lutherie. A violinist since age three, she’s participated in musical collaborations around the world, performing at Lincoln Center, Conservatorium von Amsterdam, Banff Centre, National Centre for the Performing Arts (Mumbai), among others. Musical studies include Manhattan School of Music, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and learning Hindustani Classical music (North Indian) in Mumbai under Pandit Dhruba Ghosh. She studied sculpture with Rhoda Sherbell at the Arts Students League in NYC and later attended the Violin Making School of America. She enjoys the entire process of matching an instrument to a client: from helping play the instruments and making sure they’re set up properly, to getting to know a client’s unique background. Sarah hopes to continue to add to the knowledgeable yet welcoming atmosphere at LAVS.