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FLASHBACK FRIDAY | VC Young Artist Matthew Lipman – ‘From The Top’ 16-Years Old [2008]

Incredible 2008 archival performance of the then 16-year-old violist, VC Young Artist Matthew Lipman performing Paganini's La Campanella - with pianist Christopher O'Riley on the...

AUDITION | Halle Orchestra, Manchester, UK – ‘Tutti Viola’ Position [APPLY]

The Halle Orchestra, in Manchester, United Kingdom is currently accepting applications for a Tutti Viola position. Applications to be received by February 18th, 2019. For further details,...

OUT NOW | Violist Tabea Zimmermann’s New CD: ‘Berlioz: Harold en Italie & Les Nuits d’été’ [LISTEN]

Harmonia Mundi Records has announced the release of German violist Tabea Zimmermann's new album: Berlioz: Harold en Italie & Les Nuits d'été. Recorded with conductor François-Xavier...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Matthew Lipman, 27 – Avery Fisher Career Grant Recipient

27-year-old American violist Matthew Lipman is firmly establishing himself as one of the new generation’s outstanding young concert artists. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the Kronberg Academy, where...

AUDITION | Oslo Philharmonic, Oslo, Norway – ‘Co-Principal Viola’ Position [APPLY]

The Oslo Philharmonic, in Oslo, Norway, is currently accepting applications for the ‘Co-Principal Viola' position. Applications to be received by March 15th, 2019. For further details, visit: https://bit.ly/2sO6d72

AUDITION | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London – ‘Co-Principal Viola’ Position [APPLY]

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, in London, is currently accepting applications for the ‘Co-Principal’ Viola position. Applications to be received by February 21st, 2019. For further details, visit: https://bit.ly/2FUerTG

Today is Russian Violist Yuri Bashmet’s 66th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian violist Yuri Bashmet’s 66th birthday. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost violists – performing regularly with the world’s finest...

Fundraiser Launched for Revolutionary New Portable Music Stand

A online crowdfunding campaign has this week been launched for a new revolutionary portable music stand - constructed to stick to almost any wall...

British Viola Virtuoso Lionel Tertis Born On This Day in 1876 [ON-THIS-DAY]

British viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis was born on this day in 1876 – 142 years ago. Dying in 1975, he is remembered as one of the...

Violin & Viola Candidates Announced for Berlin’s 2019 Max Rostal Competition

The 17 violin and 17 viola candidates have this week been announced for the 2019 Max Rostal International Competition - to be held at...

VC GIVEAWAY | Win 1 of 5 Newly-Released Signed Kim Kashkashian ‘Solo Bach’ CDs [ENTER]

To help celebrate the international release of Armenian-American violist Kim Kashkashian’s new CD ‘J.S. Bach Six Suites for Solo Viola’, The Violin Channel in...

OUT NOW | Violist Kim Kashkashian’s New CD: ‘J.S. Bach Six Suites for Viola Solo’ [LISTEN]

ECM Records has this week announced the release of Armenian-American viola virtuoso Kim Kashkashian‘s new album: J.S. Bach Six Suites for Viola Solo. The disc features J.S....

VERY SAD NEWS | Brazilian Violist Diemerson Sena Has Died – Aged 33

Brazilian violist Diemerson Sena has passed away - aged just 33. A graduate of the Escola Estudal de Música de São Paulo, he served as...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | ThatViolaKid – ‘Duality’ Debut Viola/Rap Music Video [2018]

Instagram sensation, Drew A. Forde (aka That Viola Kid) performing his new official debut music video ... 'Duality'.  The Juilliard School graduate has shot to internet...

BREAKING | 2nd Round Candidates Announced at Munich’s ARD International Viola Competition

The 19 candidates progressing to the 2nd round of the 2018 ARD International Viola Competition have today been announced – in Munich, Germany. The 2018 2nd round...

AUDITION | BBC National Orchestra of Wales – ‘Sub Principal No. 3 Viola’ Position [APPLY]

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, in the United Kingdom, is currently accepting applications for the ‘Sub Principal No. 3 Viola’ position. Applications to be received...

OUT NOW | Violist Hartmut Rohde’s New CD: ‘Tal: Works for Viola’ [LISTEN]

Avi Music has announced the release of German violist Hartmut Rohde‘s new album: Tal: Works for Viola. Recorded with pianist Christian Seibert, the disc features the...

AUDITION | Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam – ‘Principal Viola’ Position [APPLY]

The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam, Netherlands, is currently accepting applications for a ‘Principal Viola’ position. Applications to be received by March 28th, 2019. For further details, visit: https://bit.ly/2NXwQzV

AUDITION | Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam – ‘Principal Viola’ Position [APPLY]

The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, in Amsterdam is currently accepting applications for the ‘Principal Viola’ position. Applications to be received by March 29th, 2019. For further details,...

SAD NEWS | Veteran San Francisco Symphony Violist Detlev Olshausen Has Died – Aged 100 [RIP]

American violist Detlev Olshausen has passed away - aged 100. Mr Olshausen performed as sub-principal or co-principal viola with the San Francisco Symphony from 1940 until...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Violist Masumi Per Rostad – Rebecca Clarke Viola Sonata [2018]

Eastman School of Music Viola Professor Masumi Per Rostad and pianist Alan Chow performing Rebecca Clarke's Sonata for Viola and Piano. Recorded live at Kilbourn Hall, in Rochester, New...

VC INSIGHT | Violist Helen Callus – ‘Preparing for a Recording is Like Preparing For a Marathon’ [LEARN]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Bienen School of Music Viola Professor, Helen Callus. In a VC-exclusive guest blog, Helen talks us through the trials and tribulations...

Today is VC Young Artist Timothy Ridout’s 23rd Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is British violist, VC Young Artist Timothy Ridout's 23rd birthday. A graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Music, and a current student of Nobuko Imai at the Kronberg Academy,...

THROWBACK THURSDAY | Violist Hae-Sue Lee – Hoffmeister Viola Concerto, 10-Years-Old [2010]

Incredible 2010 archival footage of the then 10-year-old Hae-Sue Lee performing Hoffmeister's Viola Concerto in D - with conductor Yoon Jae Lee and the Ensemble 212. 18-year-old...

Today is Russian VC Artist Sergey Malov’s 35th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian-born violin, viola and violoncello da Spalla virtuoso, VC Artist Sergey Malov’s 35th birthday. A graduate of the Mozarteum University Salzburg and the...

Atlanta Symphony Principal Violist & Cellist to Stand Down – After 39 Seasons

It has been announced today that Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Violist, Reid Harris and Principal Cellist Christopher Rex will both stand down from the ensemble in upcoming months. A...

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Masumi Per Rostad – ‘Inside the Viola’s Cornerstone Solo Repertoire’ [GUIDE]

With the 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition currently underway at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, VC recently caught up with Eastman School of...

OUT NOW | Violinist-Violist Peter Sheppard Skaerved’s New Album: ‘Henze: Violin & Viola Works’ [LISTEN]

Naxos Records has today announced the release of British violinist and violist Peter Sheppard Skaerved‘s new album: Henze: Violin & Viola Works. Recorded with pianist Roderick Chadwick, the disc...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Timothy Ridout, 22 – Lionel Tertis International Viola Comp 1st Prize

22-year-old British violist, Timothy Ridout is quickly building an international reputation as one of the new generation's most outstanding young string virtuosi. A graduate of London’s Royal Academy...

OUT NOW | Violist David Aaron Carpenter’s New Album: ‘Motherland’ [LISTEN]

Warner Classics has this month announced the release of American violist David Aaron Carpenter's new double disc set: Motherland. Recorded with conductors Kazushi Ono, Vladimir Jurowski and David Parry and the London...

OUT NOW | Violist Helen Callus’ New Album: ‘British Music for Viola and Orchestra’ [LISTEN]

Naxos Records has this week announced the release of British violist Helen Callus' new album: British Music for Viola and Orchestra. Recorded with conductor Marc Taddei and the...

BREAKING | Prizes Awarded at USA’s 2018 Stulberg International String Competition

15-year-old violinist Charlotte Marckx from the United States has been awarded 1st prize at the 2018 Stulberg International String Competition – at the Western Michigan University...

BREAKING | Finalists Announced at USA’s 2018 Stulberg International String Competition

The 6 Finalists have just minutes ago been announced at the 2018 43rd Stulberg International String Competition – at the Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Artist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt – Brahms Viola Sonata No.2 [2017]

Dover Quartet violist, VC Artist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt and pianist Asiya Korepanova performing Brahms' Viola Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major. Recorded live on the 18th...

Berlin Phil Principal Violist Máté Szűcs to Join Geneva University of Music Faculty

It has been announced today that the 39-year-old Hungarian violist Máté Szűcs will join the teaching faculty of the Geneva University of Music, in Geneva, Switzerland – effective...

Semi-Finalists Announced for USA’s 2018 Stulberg International String Competition

The 12 semi-finalists have been announced for the 2018 43rd Stulberg International String Competition – to be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA from the 17th to...

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...

Czech-Based Pavel Haas String Quartet Announces New Violist

The Prague-based Pavel Haas String Quartet has today announced the appointment of 34-year-old violist Jiří Kabát to the ensemble - effective immediately. A violin and...

SAD NEWS | Veteran Smetana Quartet Violist Milan Škampa Has Died – Aged 89

Czech violist and pedagogue Milan Škampa has passed away - aged 89. A student of Ladislav Černý, Mr Škampa served as violist with the famed...

AUDITION | Danish National Symphony, Denmark – ‘Principal Viola’ Position

The Danish National Symphony Orchestra is currently accepting applications for the ‘Principal Viola’ position. Applications to be received by 4th of May, 2018. For further details, visit: https://bit.ly/2GOX5bG

AUDITION | Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra – ‘Tutti Viola’ Position [APPLY]

The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra is currently accepting applications for a ‘Tutti Viola’ position. Applications to be received by 5th of June, 2018. For further details,...

Violist Wins Landmark Hearing Damage Case Against London’s Royal Opera House

A British violist has today won a landmark legal case against London’s Royal Opera House - after claiming his hearing was irreparably damaged during...

AUDITION | Brussels Philharmonic, Belgium – ‘Principal Viola’ Position [APPLY]

The Brussels Philharmonic is currently accepting applications for the ‘Principal Viola’ position. Applications to be received by 23rd of April, 2018. For further details, visit: https://bit.ly/2FZ1pVh

AUDITION | Chicago Symphony Orchestra, United States – ‘Principal Viola’ Position [APPLY]

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is currently accepting applications for the ‘Principal Viola’ position. Applications to be received by 9th of April, 2018. For further details, visit: https://bit.ly/2pCsBy9

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Rising Star Eunbin Lee – Rebecca Clark Viola Sonata, 15 Years Old [2018]

15 year old South Korean VC Rising Star Eunbin Lee performing the Rebecca Clarke Viola Sonata - with pianist Hyoung Eun Kang. Recorded live on the...

Candidates Announced for Düsseldorf’s 2018 Anton Rubinstein International Viola Comp

The 20 final round candidates have today been announced for the 2018 Anton Rubinstein International Viola Competition – to be held in Düsseldorf, from the 7th...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Rising Star Eunbin Lee – Paganini ‘La Campanella’ (Arr. Solo Viola) [2018]

15 year old South Korean VC Rising Star Eunbin Lee performing Paganini's 'La Campanella' from the 2nd Violin Concerto - arranged for solo viola...

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...

Boston Symphony Orchestra Appoints New Section Violist

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has this week announced the appointment of 40 year old American violist Kathryn Sievers to their viola section. A graduate of...