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Prizes Awarded at 2019 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition

28-year-old American violist Paul Laraia has been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition – in Port Erin, on the...

VERY SAD NEWS | North-Carolina Based Violinist & Violist Xi Yang has Died – Aged 56 [RIP]

Chinese-born violinist and violist Xi Yang has passed away from colon cancer - aged just 56. A graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music,...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | VC Young Artist Timothy Ridout & Frank Dupree – Bowen Viola Sonata No. 1 [2019]

23-year-old violist, VC Young Artist Timothy Ridout and pianist Frank Dupree performing York Bowen's Viola Sonata No. 1 in C Minor Op. 81. Recorded live...

NEW TO YOUTUBE | Violist Yuri Bashmet – Berlioz ‘Harold in Italy’ [1985 ARCHIVES]

Incredible never-before-uploaded 1985 archival footage of Russian viola virtuoso Yuri Bashmet performing Berlioz’s Harold in Italy – with conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev and the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p__u-kFDoEo YURI...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Diyang Mei, 24 – ARD International Viola Competition 1st Prize Winner

24-year-old Chinese violist Diyang Mei is firmly establishing himself as a rising young concert artist of outstanding potential. A student of Hariolf Schlichtig at the Munich University...

SAD NEWS | Former Chicago-Based Fine Arts Quartet Violist Jerry Horner Has Died [RIP]

American violist and pedagogue Jerry Horner has passed away. A graduate of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with David Dawson, William...

English Viola Virtuoso Lionel Tertis Died On This Day in 1975 [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...

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...

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...

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...

Toronto Symphony Announces Two New String Players

The Toronto Symphony, in Toronto, Canada, has this week announced the appointment of violinist Dasol Jeong and violist Ashley Vandiver to the ensemble. A graduate of...

SAD NEWS | French Violist Claude Ducrocq Has Passed Away [RIP]

French violist Claude Ducrocq has passed away. He served a long term appointment as Principal Violist with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra - and held an influential teaching...

Scottish Violist William Primrose Born On This Day in 1904 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Scottish violist William Primrose was born on this day in 1904 – 114 years ago. Dying in 1982, he is remembered as one of the preeminent violists...

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...

Today is Violin Virtuoso Maxim Vengerov’s 44th Birthday! [ON THIS DAY]

Today is Russian-born violinist, violist and conductor Maxim Vengerov’s 44th birthday! A protégé of Professor Zakhar Bron, Maxim is a former 1st prize winner at the Karol Lipinski and Carl...

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...

Composer & Organist Johann Sebastian Bach Died On This Day in 1750 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist Johann Sebastian Bach died on this day in 1750 – aged 65.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKQ_GyelRsc&autohide=1 ITZHAK PERLMAN | BACH | SOLO VIOLIN PARTITA...

Today is Israeli-American Virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman’s 70th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Israeli-American violinist, violist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman’s 70th birthday! A protégé of Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School, Maestro Zukerman is widely regarded as one...

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,...

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Jennifer Stumm – ‘Primrose Comp Taught Me to Worry Less About What People Think’ [INSIGHT]

With the 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition currently underway in Los Angeles, VC recently caught up with a number of former prize winners to get a better...

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Antoine Tamestit – ‘The Primrose Competition Gave Me a Great Boost’ [BLOG]

With the 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition currently underway in Los Angeles, VC recently caught up with a number of former prize winners, to get a better...

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...

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...

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...

VC Artist Matthew Lipman Appointed to New York’s Stony Brook University Teaching Faculty

The Stony Brook University Department of Music, in New York, has this week announced the appointment of 25-year-old American violist, VC Artist Matthew Lipman to its teaching...

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...

VC WEB BLOG | Guarneri Quartet Violist Michael Tree – In Memoriam (1934-2018) [RIP]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Orion Quartet violist Steven Tenenbom, longtime student and friend of former Guarneri String Quartet member, Mr Michael Tree - who...

VC WEB BLOG | Guarneri Quartet Violist Michael Tree – In Memoriam (1934-2018) [RIP]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violist Mark Holloway, longtime student of former Guarneri String Quartet member, Mr Michael Tree - who passed away earlier this week,...

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...

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...

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...

VC WEB BLOG | Israeli-born American Violist Rami Solomonow – In Memoriam (1949-2018) [RIP]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violist Eszter Kaganovskiy, former student of DePaul University School of Music's viola pedagogue, Rami Solomonow - who passed away from leukemia on...

Berlin Philharmonic Appoint New Section Violist

The Berlin Philharmonic has announced the appointment of 27 year old South-Korean born violist Kyoungmin Park to their viola section. A graduate of the Vienna...

Teenage Girl Jailed for Pouring Acid into a Classmate’s Viola Case, Set to be Released Early

A teenage girl in Edinburgh, sentenced to 21 months jail time in August last year after pouring sulphuric acid into the viola case of a...

LA Philharmonic Announce New Principal Violist

The LA Philharmonic has today announced the appointment of Chinese-Canadian violist Teng Li as their new Principal Viola. A graduate of the Central Conservatory of...

SAD NEWS | Italian Violist Luigi Alberto Bianchi Has Died – Aged 72

Italian violist and violinist Luigi Alberto Bianchi has passed away - aged 72. Mr Bianchi previously served as principal violist with the Rome RAI National...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | T-Rex Violist Performs the “Theme from Jurassic Park” [WILD]

Meet T-Rex violist Aaron Hilsinger .... performing John William's "Theme from Jurassic Park" ... of course ...

VC RISING STAR | Eunbin Lee, 14 – 2017 Brahms International Viola Comp 1st Prize Winner

14 year old South Korean violist Eunbin Lee is quickly building an international reputation as an emerging young virtuoso of outstanding potential. A student of Hanna Lee at...

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Yizhak Schotten – ‘The Importance of Students Studying Orchestral Excerpts’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with University of Michigan School of Music viola pedagogue, Professor Yizhak Schotten. In a VC-exclusive blog, Yizhak discusses the importance...

ASK THE PROS | Juilliard’s Hsin-Yun Huang – ‘Advantages and Considerations of Team Teaching’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member, Jeremy Fay from the United States was keen to know: “What are the advantages and considerations when teaching a student as...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist & Violist Lily Francis – ‘What do Violinists Stand to Learn from Playing Mozart?’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Eliza Jordan from the United States was keen to know: “What is so special about the music of Mozart? And what...

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...

VC DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOADS | Pinchas Zukerman – ‘5 Recordings I Can’t Live Without’

The Violin Channel recently caught up with violin and viola virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman - for a fun game of VC Desert Island Downloads.  We sat him down...

Hungarian Violist, Violinist & Composer Tibor Serly Born On This Day in 1901 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Hungarian violist, violinist and composer Tibor Serly was born on this day in 1901 – 116 years ago. Dying in 1978, he is remembered in...

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 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...

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Victoria Chiang – ‘From College Graduate to Teaching Professor’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Peabody Institute of Music viola pedagogue, Victoria Chiang. In a VC-exclusive blog, Victoria discusses the steps she took...

Today is Armenian-American Violist Kim Kashkashian’s Birthday [ON THIS DAY]

Today is Armenian-American violist Kim Kashkashian’s birthday. A student of Karen Tuttle, Ms Kashkashian is a former prize winner at the Lionel Tertis and ARD International Viola Competitions. She currently...

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...