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Capitol City Strings, LLC 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
IMG_8752A 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, where he studied with David Salness and Sally Thomas of the Julliard School. 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, Emily Campbell, Dr. Levon Ambartsumian, Charles Castleman, and Arnold Steinhardt and John Dalley of the Guarneri String Quartet.

Chris has held numerous orchestral leadership positions throughout his career, serving as Principal 2nd Violin of the Apollo Chamber Orchestra and the Opera Camerata of Washington, and serving on Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra conducting staff. He has made numerous appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Lyceum, and Constitution Hall, has made significant collaborations with artists such as the Cypress String Quartet, and has cut several important recordings with the Ambartsumian Russian Chamber Orchestra. He performs on a violin built by George Gemunder circa 1860 and a bow made by James Tubbs.

Driven by his fascination with how a teacher’s artful IMG_1603words 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 past their peripheries. As Dr. Suzuki said, “Everything depends on the teacher.” Chris has taught with the University of Maryland Chamber Music Connections outreach program, the National Philharmonic, the Levine School, and has grown successful Suzuki studios in Bethesda, MD.

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 Maryland with his wife, Joy, dog, Shane, and cat, Minnie.