Capitol City Strings is a Suzuki-based violin studio founded in the love of music and learning for young children, ages 4 and up. Private lessons are given once a week in combination with twice monthly group classes. The studio is owned and led by Chris Sanchez in Bethesda, MD.

About the teacher

Chris Sanchez, Founder and Director

A native of the Washington D.C. region, violinist Chris Sanchez began his musical studies at age seven, completing all ten Suzuki volumes within five years and continuing his childhood studies with David Salness at the University of Maryland and at the Meadowmount School in New York. He has earned performance degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park (BM) and the University of Georgia (MM). His major teachers have included Ronda Cole, Sally Thomas, David Salness, Dr. Levon Ambartsumian, Charles Castleman, and Arnold Steinhardt and John Dalley of the Guarneri String Quartet. He performs and teaches on a violin built by George Gemunder circa 1860 and bows made by James Tubbs and Victor Fetique.


Driven by his fascination with how a teacher’s artful words alone can transform one’s technical and creative efficacy, Chris developed a passion for musical education at an early age. He believes that every child has a unique and important journey in life and his teaching philosophy centers on helping each child discover possibility beyond their peripheries. As Dr. Suzuki said, “Everything depends on the teacher.” Chris founded and directs Capitol City Strings ( and is honored to co-teach with Ronda Cole and David Strom at the Northern Virginia Suzuki Music School ( Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area and is Co-Director of the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute. He lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife, Joy, dog, Shane, and cat, Minnie.