Antonio Strad Violin
We celebrated 28 years in business!
In the Summer of 2020, Antonio Strad Violin began a new story with a local Central Texas family taking over the business. This new chapter began with the founders’ goal in mind: to deliver the finest instruments with unparalleled customer service to people and schools across San Antonio and beyond. The same great team and world-class luthiers stayed on to continue the excellent customer service the founders started. We believe that the details matter, because it’s the little things that separate good from great. And good from great in playing an instrument can make all the difference.
Founded over two decades ago by violinist and luthier Guolian Zhou and music professor Mary Zhang, Antonio Strad quickly grew to become one of the largest string instrument shops in Texas. Their love of fine stringed instruments and their knowledge of quality has created a selection dubbed a “Texas Treasure” in the state. The staff at Antonio Strad is highly educated and knowledgeable in all aspects of string instruments from classically trained luthiers, professional instructors, an experienced appraiser and buyer who travels the world studying and finding fine instruments, a professional performer in the symphony working right in our workshop, and a violin maker and restorer trained at the Violin Making School of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music who has been sought after for his expert repairs and restorations for over two decades. The entire Antonio Strad team offers unsurpassed knowledge to players who are just starting out, or to professional musicians needing expert help in making a selection.
Antonio Strad Violin exceeds expectations from the moment one enters the shop. A richly adorned showroom puts the comfort of the customer first while showcasing everything from affordable beginner instruments to the finest professional ones imaginable—such as a Stradivarius, a Guarneri, and Lupot. Whether you are getting your first rental instrument or the instrument to take you through your playing career, we provide you with the highest quality and the widest selection. Antonio Strad Violin understands how important a great selection of all levels of instruments and accessories are to every level of player. It is this vast selection, wealth of knowledge, and surprising affordability that has made Antonio Strad the preferred string instrument shop for many.
A Violin Society of America member for several decades, Antonio Strad has brought in some of the greatest players in the world supporting the arts and driving growth in the orchestra communities. Antonio Strad has brought in legendary artists and performers such as Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Anne Akiko Meyers and Sarah Chang and industry game changers such as Mark Wood to San Antonio. They continue to put emphasis on supporting local schools and teachers doing everything they can to help their programs succeed, for their 20th anniversary Antonio Strad Violin donated $30,000 in advancing instruments to surrounding schools as a way of thanking all those who have supported them over the years. Antonio Strad Violin hopes to continue to support and foster interest and growth in the orchestral community for many more years to come.
We invite you and your family to come in and browse this one-stop-shop of stringed instruments and accessories. Whether you are new to playing or very experienced, let one of our friendly associates help you explore all we have to offer! Trust Antonio Strad Violin to offer you quality products and expert service at a surprising value: The very business model our founders instilled in their staff since opening in 1994.