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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...

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...

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...

SAD NEWS | Austrian Violist, Conductor and Composer Paul Angerer Has Died

Austrian violist, conductor and composer Paul Angerer has passed away - age 90. He served as a section violist with the Vienna Symphony, Tonhalle Orchestra...

Today is Violinist & Violist Mikhail Bezverkhny’s 70th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian violinist and violist Mikhail Bezverkhny's 70th birthday! A student of Yuri Yankelevich, Mr Bezverkhny is a former prize winner at the Queen Elisabeth, Wieniawski...

Violist to Leave London’s Piatti Quartet Due to Ongoing Injury

The London-based Piatti String Quartet has today announced violist David Wigram will leave the ensemble - due a persistent injury. “We must bid farewell to...

ASK THE PROS | Violist Karen Dreyfus – ‘Improving Your Sight-Reading Skills’ [ADVICE]

VC member Sebastian Wren from South Africa was keen to know how to improve his sight-reading skills. We threw Sebastian’s question over to esteemed American viola pedagogue, Ms Karen...

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Timothy Ridout, 21 – Lionel Tertis International Viola Comp 1st Prize

Since winning 1st Prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2016, 22 year old British violist, Timothy Ridout has gone on to perform widely...

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...

Johann-Sebastian Bach Was Born On This Day in 1685 [ON-THIS-DAY]

German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist Johann-Sebastian Bach was born on this day in 1685. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zvRWFD_1_M&showinfo=0&autohide=1 ISAAC STERN | BACH | SOLO VIOLIN PARTITA NO.2...

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...

Today is Russian Violist Yuri Bashmet’s 64th Birthday [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian violist Yuri Bashmet's 64th birthday. He is widely regarded as one of the world's preeminent violists – performing regularly with the world's...

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...

SAD NEWS | American Violist Bernard Zaslav Has Died – Aged 90

American violist Bernard Zaslav has passed away - aged 90. A graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with Sascha Jacobsen and Misha Mischakoff,...

Viola Pedagogue Carol Rodland Appointed to Juilliard School Faculty

It has been announced today that American violist Carol Rodland has been appointed to the teaching faculty of The Juilliard School, in New York...

VERY SAD NEWS | Australian Violist & Teacher has Tragically Drowned – Aged 48

Australian violist Paul Leggett has died in a tragic swimming accident - aged just 48. Local media reports have suggested the musician was swimming in...

Vienna Philharmonic Promotes New Principal Violist From Within

The Vienna Philharmonic has today announced the appointment of 32 year old Viennese violist Gerhard Marschner as their new Principal Viola - effective from...

VC WEB BLOG | Violist Helen Callus – ‘Looking Beyond Just Scales & Etude Books’ [BLOG]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with Northwestern University Bienen School of Music Viola Professor, Ms Helen Callus. In a VC-exclusive blog, Helen talks us through the importance...

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

Scottish violist William Primrose was born on this day in 1904 – 112 years ago. Dying in 1982, he is remembered as one of...

VC WEB BLOG | VC Young Artist Timothy Ridout – “Verbier: Unforgettable Experience” [BLOG]

VERBIER, SWITZERLAND – With the world renowned Verbier Festival coming to a dramatic climax this weekend in the Swiss Alps, The Violin Channel recently caught...

Today is Violinist/Violist Mikhail Bezverkhny’s 69th Birthday! [ON-THIS-DAY]

Today is Russian violinist and violist Mikhail Bezverkhny's 69th birthday! A student of Yuri Yankelevich, Mr Bezverkhny is a former prize winner at the Queen...

Cleveland Orchestra Announce New Principal Violist

The Cleveland Orchestra has today announced the appointment of 31 year old violist, Wesley Collins as their new Principal Viola - effective from September...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | That Viola Kid – ‘Stuff Violists are Tired of Hearing …’ [LOL]

Juilliard student, 'That Viola Kid' Drew Alexander Forde gives us the lowdown on 'stuff violists are tired of hearing...'   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If6eIHHlyGo&showinfo=0&autohide=1 THAT VIOLA KID | STUFF VIOLISTS ARE...

Professional Violist Suing London’s Royal Opera House Over Hearing Loss

It has been revealed today that a professional violist, in Britain is locked in a landmark legal battle with the Royal Opera House -...

Missing Persons’ Alert Issued for Athens Camerata Violist [PLEASE SHARE]

Greek Police have today issued an alert over the disappearance of Athens Camerata violist, Elisabeth Schaefer. It is understood the German-born musician, who has served...

Prizes Awarded at Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition

20 year old British violist, Timothy Ridout has been awarded 1st prize at the 12th Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition – on the Isle of...

Pavel Hass Quartet Loses Violist Due to Family Illness

The Czech-based Pavel Hass Quartet has today announced violist Pavel Nikl will stand down from the ensemble, effective immediately - due to a serious...

English Violist 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 all time. A...

English Violist Lionel Tertis Was Born On This Day [ON-THIS-DAY]

British viola virtuoso, Lionel Tertis was born on this day in 1876 - 139 years ago. Dying in 1975, he is remembered as one of...

SAD NEWS | Seattle Violist Scott Michael Ligocki Has Died

American violist Scott Michael Ligocki has passed away - aged just 51. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Scott served as Principal violist...

St Paul Chamber Orchestra Announce Newest Viola Recruit

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has announced the appointment of 25 year old South Korean-born violist Hyobi Sim - as the newest member to join...

SAD NEWS | French Violist Serge Collot Has Died – Aged 92

French violist Serge Collott has passed away – aged 92. He was a member of the Parrenin, Radiodiffusion Francaise and Bernede String Quartets – and...

SAD NEWS | Salomon Quartet Founding Violist Trevor Jones has Passed Away

British violist and Salomon String Quartet founding member Trevor Jones has passed away. Formed in 1982, the Salomon Quartet was one of the first string...

American Announced as New Berlin Philharmonic Tutti Violist

The Berlin Philharmonic has today announced the appointment of American violist Allan Nilles to the viola section. A graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied...

Canadian Violist and Artist Manager Stanley Solomon Has Died – Aged 97

Legendary Canadian violist and artist manager Stanley Solomon has passed away – aged 97. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied...

23 Year Old Adrien Boisseau Announced as New Ébène Quartet Violist

The Paris-based Quatuor Ébène has today announced 23 year old French violist Adrien Boisseau as their newest member. A graduate of the L'cole Nationale de...

SAD NEWS: British Violist Roger Bigley has Passed

British violist Roger Bigley has passed away | Mr Bigley was a founding member of the Lindsay String Quartet - and served a distinguished...