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Tim Barnes; Owner

Tim Barnes | Bio, Co-Owner

Tim Barnes is Co-Owner of BarnesViolins LLC. with his wife Virginia and has over 20 years experience in the violin business. While in high school Mr. Barnes attended The Blair School of Music in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Barnes studied viola with Kathryn Plummer, Milton Thomas, Louis Kievman, and Isadore Tinkelman.

He is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. While in college, Mr. Barnes had 2 Italian violas on loan to him, a Eugenio Degani, and a Vincenzo Sannino from The Colburn Foundation in Los Angeles.

He has been a performer and teacher in South Florida since 1988. In addition he has served on the executive board of AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS, Local 655 and is a member of the Violin Society of America.


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As a performer he was the principal violist for the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and the Palm Beach Pops. He was also a fellow and founding member of The New World Symphony under the Direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

Mr. Barnes has performed as principal Viola in numerous musical productions including Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, and Miss Saigon at the Kravis Center and Broward Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Mr. Barnes had the opportunity to perform under the baton of Leonard Bernstein at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival. He has also recorded with many artists, including Michael Jackson, Gloria Estefan, The Bee Gees, Jon Secada, Alejandro Sanz, and Ed Calle.

Tim Barnes’ well rounded experience in the performing and teaching community, as well as his years in the violin business, gives him a unique ability to assist players in selecting an instrument and bow that they are truly happy with.
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