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Violist Swoops 1st Prize at New Zealand’s Gisborne International Music Competition

22 year old New Zealand violist Alexander McFarlane has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Gisborne International Music Competition, in New Zealand. A student...

BREAKING | Prizes Awarded at England’s Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition

18 year old Emma Wernig, from the United States, has just minutes ago been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola...

VC Young Artist Timothy Ridout Debut Album ‘Vieuxtemps’ Winners Announced!

And the winners are in! The following 5 lucky VC members will each be receiving a personally-autographed CD copy of VC Young Artist, violist Timothy...

ASK THE PROS | Violist Stephen Wyrczynski – “What Do You Look For In Undergraduate vs Graduate Students?” [ADVICE]

VC member Sofia Yatsyuk from Ukraine was keen to know what conservatory audition panelists look for in undergraduate vs graduate students for admissions. We threw Sofia's...

ASK THE PROS | Violist Atar Arad – “How Important is it for a Performer to be Versatile In Many Styles?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Christian Li from the United States was keen to know: "How important is it that a performer today be versatile...

VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5 Signed VC Young Artist, Violist Timothy Ridout Debut ‘Vieuxtemps’ CDs

To help celebrate the international release of VC Young Artist, violist Timothy Ridout’s debut album ‘Vieuxtemps’, The Violin Channel is this week giving away...

ASK THE PROS | Violist Daniel Panner – “Scales, Exercises and Etudes for a Rock-Solid Left and Right Hand?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Jeremy Lo from the United States was keen to know: "What violin and viola scales, exercises, and etude books do...

New World Record Set for the Fastest Marathon Running Viola in History

A viola student in the United Kingdom has this week entered the Guinness Book of World Records for running the fastest full marathon in...

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Carol Rodland – “Welcome to the Golden Age of the Viola” [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with The Juilliard School viola and chamber music faculty member, violist Carol Rodland. In a VC-exclusive blog, Carol discusses how she...

ASK THE PROS | Violist James Dunham – “What Does Chamber Music Really Do For a Student’s Playing?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Sabrina Young from the United States was keen to know: "How important really is chamber music? What does it really do...

New Shostakovich Viola & Piano Work Discovered in Moscow Archives

It has been announced that a previously unknown short work for viola and piano, composed by Dmitri Shostakovich in 1931, has been discovered in...

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Ivo-Jan van der Werff – ‘A Notebook for Viola Players’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Rice University Shepherd School of Music viola pedagogue and technique book author, Professor Ivo-Jan van der Werff. In a VC-exclusive...

AUDITION | Tokyo Symphony, Japan – ‘Tutti Viola’ Position [APPLY]

The Tokyo Symphony is currently accepting applications for a ‘Tutti Viola’ position. Applications to be received by October 27, 2017. For further details, visit: http://bit.ly/2xPorFQ

Teenage Girl Jailed for Pouring Acid into a Classmate’s Viola Case

A teenage girl has been jailed in Edinburgh, Scotland for 21 months after pouring sulphuric acid into the viola case of a high school...

Today is VC Young Artist Timothy Ridout’s 22nd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British violist, VC Young Artist Timothy Ridout's 22nd birthday. A graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Music, he is a former 1st prize winner...

Scottish Violist William Primrose Died On This Day in 1982 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Scottish violist William Primrose died on this day in 1982 – aged 77. A protege of Eugène Ysaÿe, Maestro Primrose is remembered as one of...

MEET THE PROS | VC Young Artist Timothy Ridout – VC 20 Questions [INTERVIEW]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with British violist, VC Young Artist Timothy Ridout. We sat him down for a fun game of VC 20...

Pacifica Quartet Violist Masumi Per Rostad to Join Eastman’s Teaching Faculty

The University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music has today announced the appointment of Japanese-Norwegian violist Masumi Per Rostad to their string teaching faculty. A...

VC MASTERCLASS | Máté Szűcs – Beethoven’s 5th Symphony Viola Audition [LEARN]

Berlin Philharmonic's First Principal Violist Máté Szűcs works us through an audition masterclass on the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. Recorded at New York’s Carnegie...

Today is Japanese Viola Virtuoso Nobuko Imai’s Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Japanese viola virtuoso Nobuko Imai's birthday. A former 1st prize winner at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and Geneva International Music...

Violist Dimitri Murrath to Join San Francisco Conservatory Teaching Faculty

The San Francisco Conservatory has today announced the appointment of violist Dimitri Murrath to their full-time teaching faculty - effective from September 2017. A graduate...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | William Primrose – Paganini Caprice No. 5 (Arr. Viola) [AUDIO]

Legendary Scottish virtuoso violist William Primrose performing his own viola transcription of Paganini's Solo Caprice No. 5. Recorded live on May 5th, 1934 - in London. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCb9QAiBiAM&showinfo=0&autohide=1 WILLIAM...

Applications Open for Britain’s Cecil Aronowitz Viola Competition

Applications are now open for the 2017 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition - to be held in Birmingham, United Kingdom from November 18th-24th, 2017. Hosted...

Berlin-Based Boccherini Trio Announce New Violist

The Berlin-based Boccherini Trio has today announced the appointment of American violist Vicki Powell to the ensemble. A graduate of the Curtis Institute and the...

English Viola Virtuoso Lionel Tertis Died On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

English viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis died on this day in 1975 – aged 98. He is remembered as one of the most eminent violists of...

AUDITION | Minnesota Orchestra, USA – ‘Principal Viola’ Position [APPLY]

The Minnesota Orchestra is currently accepting applications for the ‘Principal Viola’ position. Applications to be received by January 23, 2017. For further details, visit: http://bit.ly/2iYWZP3

Vienna Symphony Violist Left with Broken Finger after Subway Altercation

It has been reported today that a Vienna Symphony Orchestra violist has been viciously assaulted on a subway platform - leaving him with a...

AUDITION | Ulster Orchestra, UK – ‘Principal Viola (No. 2)’ Position [APPLY]

The Ulster Orchestra is currently accepting applications for the ‘Principal Viola (No. 2)’ position. Applications to be received by February 6th, 2017. For further details, visit: http://bit.ly/2jwZzyY