Thomas Yee
Status: Member
Member Since: May 24, 2008
Last Visit:August 14, 2021

Thomas Yee

I'm a dedicated Violinist, Teacher, Collaborator, and Instrument Dealer that does advanced instrument set-up living in the San Francisco Area.

In 2016 I founded the boutique violin shop Bay Fine Strings in San Jose and represent master workshop, antique, & contemporary violin family instruments & bows, along with instrument rentals, and their accessories. My mission is to provide personalized instrument acquisition empowering the music community with quality instruments to be inspired to play. Viewings are by appointment only, email Instruments and bows can be shipped on approval. You can visit to see current inventory.

I trained classically growing up, finishing a BM and MM in violin performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, but my musical interests also include other genres. I perform with my wife, Jieun as the Yee Duo (violin and piano), Tango Del Cielo, and guitarist Jose Rodriguez as Duo Revirado. You can check out my e-concert clips at and personal website

I currently play a rotating selection of highlight instruments and bows from the shop, to better understand the collection of instruments here to be able to better assist clients. I started a shop youtube channel that has playing and maintenance tips, instrument demos, and also a intriguing ongoing Meet the Maker mini interview/docu-series

You can follow news and stories for the shop on my instagram account: @theviolinmerchant

Blog Posts

2020: Mar.

2010: Aug.

2008: Dec.