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  • Rodney Friend
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    Perfect 5ths


    British violinist Rodney Friend has spent many years formulating his method for achieving a relaxed left-hand position. Here, he shares his voyage of discovery with Charlotte Smith

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    Passing the Torch


    Expert encouragement in their early years helped turn the Belcea Quartet into one of today’s most formidable chamber ensembles. Twenty-five years after they started out, they talk to Tom Stewart about passing on their experience to the next generation – as well as continuing to gain knowledge themselves 

  • Ukrainian violist Maxim Rysanov

    Life lessons: Maxim Rysanov


    The Ukrainian violist on long pedagogical relationships and the surprises of concert life

  • Rivka Golani

    Technique can be developed, but musicianship is inbuilt, says violist Rivka Golani


    In this article from 2016, Toby Deller paid tribute to the pioneering musician and teacher as she celebrated her 70th birthday

  • Tabea zimmermann

    Tabea Zimmermann

    Born in Lahr, Germany, Tabea Zimmermann began learning the viola at the age of three before studying with Ulrich Koch at the Musikhochschule Freiburg and subsequently with Sándor Végh at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg. Her career was launched by winning in quick succession the Geneva, Maurice ...

  • William primrose

    William Primrose

    Born in Glasgow into a musical household, William Primrose began lessons on the violin at the age of 4 before moving with his family to London where he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and made his debut as a solo violinist at the Queen's Hall, ...

  • Lionel tertis

    Lionel Tertis

    Lionel Tertis was a key figure in establishing the viola as a solo instrument, greatly expanding its repertoire and prominence. Born in West Hartlepool to Polish-Jewish parents, he began his studies on the violin before leaving home at the age of thirteen, paying for his own musical ...

  • Kim kashkashian

    Kim Kashkashian

    Born in Detroit of Armenian descent, Kim Kashkashian trained at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore under the tutelage of Karen Tuttle and the legendary violist Walter Trampler. She has also cited the teachings of Felix Galimir, with whom she has worked at the Malboro Festivals in Vermont, ...

  • Nobuko imai

    Nobuko Imai

    Japanese violist Nobuko Imai started to learn the violin at the age of six and attended the Toho School in Tokyo at the age of 15 to study with Toshiya Eto. Here Imai took up the viola as a second instrument and developed a strong affinity with ...

  • Yuri bashmet

    Yuri Bashmet

    The Russian violinist, violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet has steadily forged a reputation as a bold contemporary artist, unafraid of risk-taking. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with Vadim Borisovsky and Fyodor Druzhinin, he was the first violist to perform a solo recital in ...