Callier-Scollard Violins
Craig Scollard

50 E. Green St. Suite 142
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 795-2870

Mon, Tue, Wed 10:00-1:00.
Thu, Fri, Sat 2:00 to 5:00

Intercom Access Code, Press:
142 and then the CALL button:

Discover the Old Hollywood Shop and Its Fascinating History

The historic Old Hollywood Shop. From about 1928 to 1985 at Sunset and Bronson.

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Some closeups of people that are on the bulletin board.

Rubinoff 1924 Rubinoff 1924
Ignaz Paderewski Ignaz Paderewski
Sal, Janice and Dolores Crimi Sal, Janice and Dolores Crimi
Dick Kesner Dick Kesner
Kolya Levienne 1934 Kolya Levienne 1934
Eugene Ysaye Eugene Ysaye
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Dave Rubinoff Dave Rubinoff
Joseph Szigeti Joseph Szigeti
Albert Einstein 1937 Albert Einstein 1937
Jack Benny Jack Benny
Albert Spaulding Albert Spaulding
Mischa Elman Mischa Elman
Fritz Kreisler Fritz Kreisler
Erich Lachmann Erich Lachmann
Yehudi Menuhin Yehudi Menuhin
Misha Elman Misha Elman
Jean-Luc Ponty Jean-Luc Ponty
Arthur Hartmann Arthur Hartmann
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Billy Billy
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Franz Auer Franz Auer
Artur Rodzinski Artur Rodzinski
Alexander Zukovsky (Isaak) May 4 1931 Alexander Zukovsky (Isaak) May 4 1931
Harold Hensley Harold Hensley
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Walter Brennon "Music School" 1955 Walter Brennon "Music School" 1955
Walter Brennon "Music School" 1955 Walter Brennon "Music School" 1955
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John Dubbs, Dave Rubinoff, Fritz Kreisler 1940 John Dubbs, Dave Rubinoff, Fritz Kreisler 1940
Eugen Ysaye Eugen Ysaye
Jascha Heifetz Jascha Heifetz
Leopold Auer Leopold Auer
 Otakar Sevcik Otakar Sevcik
Mischa Violin Mischa Violin
Morry King Morry King
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Morry King April 5, 1981 Morry King April 5, 1981
John Dubbs, Dave Rubinoff, Fritz Kreisler 1940 John Dubbs, Dave Rubinoff, Fritz Kreisler 1940
Gregory Aller and Piatogorsky Gregory Aller and Piatogorsky

Comments (4)
Kolia Levienne
# 4
Monday, 05/22/2023
Leo Burstyn
Nicholas "Kolia" Levienne

12 November 1895 - 19 November 1965

Nicholas "Kolia" Levienne was born in 1895 in Baky, now the capital of Azerbaijan.

He was a child prodigy, who began his career as a cellist at age 12. His first solo concert was in 1907 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

After Kolia graduated from the Petrograd Imperial Conservatory in 1912, they sent him to continue his studies at the Conservatory in Leipzig, Germany. He studied there with professor Julius Klengel. He toured extensively throughout Europe as a cellist and part of the Orchestra.

Kolia performed with: Arthur Nikisch, Winderstein,A. Glazunov, Newmark, Hessin, Orloff, Cherepnin, Robert Laugs, Lucrezia Bori, Carmen Sylvia, Teresa Careno, Julia Culp, Marie Novello, Anna Pavlova.

Kolia's American debut was in concert with famous bass Fedor Shaliapin, in 1922. He toured the US with Shaliapin in 1922-1923. In 1923, he played at the Maine Music Festival.

In 1930-33 Kolia was working as a faculty at the Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle, WA. During his stay in Seattle, Kolia often performed as part of the Cornish Trio, Kolia Levienne on the cello, Peter Meremblum, violin, and Berthe Poncy on the piano.

Early sound films became a new field for Kolia's talent. He was one of the creators of a new musical genre – film score.

In the early 1950s Kolia cooperated with Frank Sinatra, and these recordings are still available.

Nicholas "Kolia" Levienne met ballerina Lila Zali (Yelizaveta Borisovna Zalipskaya) in Los Angeles and married her in 1945.

Kolia and Lila joined with Michel Panaieff in a company called "Ballet Musicale" which later became Los Angeles City Ballet.

Kolia also did film studio work, and that led to Lila's involvement in films.

Lila and Kolia vacationed in Laguna Beach, CA and decided to move to Laguna permanently in 1959. Kolia started the Laguna Beach Chamber Music Society, and Lila opened her dance studio.
Kolia Levienne Information
Tuesday, 06/20/2023
Craig Scollard
Leo, It's always nice to get detailed information about a customer from the original shop.
Thanks, Craig
Morry King
# 3
Saturday, 05/29/2021
Barry P. King
Thank you for posting these most historic images. Over 65 years ago I was taken by my father, Morry King to Callier's Violin Shop at Sunset and Bronson. As of 2021 the same building exists.

You have posted an image of "Murray Korda" who was a good friend of my late father, however that image is actually of Morry King, as well as the other image that appears directly above.

There is also a signature on a post card from the Hotel Pontchartrain in Detroit where he worked in the late '60's, after being a headliner at the Sands Copa Lounge in Las Vegas.

Jack Benny was also a good friend of my father and at one time called our home in Las Vegas to ask if he could use Morry's Stradivarius. I remember picking up the phone, and at that time a long distance call was very important.

In closing, thank you for your remembrance of this fabulous place.

Barry P. King, Esq.
Morry King Photo
Saturday, 05/29/2021
Craig Scollard

I knew Murry Korda many years ago and when he retired he opened a bed and breakfast in Virginia. For some reason I always thought that picture was of Murry. I'm sorry that I put his name on your Dad's photo, I'll get that corrected. Written in pencil on the back of that photo is the date: April 5/ '81. What do you think the date is of your Dad's other photo?

I knew Murry's brother Bobby Korda very well and would see Bobby fairly often in my shop. Unfortunately Murry and Bobby have both passed away. By chance would you happen to have a photo of Murry Korda?

Thanks for taking the time to post your comment,

# 2
Monday, 08/10/2020
What a great bulletin board full of such famous music history.

Thanks for uploading close-up photos for everyone to see.
remembering your old Hollywood shop
# 1
Saturday, 12/13/2014
Sue Sailhamer
My great aunt, Jane Haffa, taught violin in the Hollywood area. She passed away in her 80s in 1964. But I remember her talking about your shop on Sunset. I think she was a regular customer. She taught me some violin as a child but after she died (I was in 7th grade) other interests and the fact she was gone put an end to my violin playing. The good news is that 50 years later I am taking Violin lessons and loving it. I hope to visit your shop soon.

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