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Viola Players


Below is a list of famous Viola players throughout the ages.

Where possible i have given links to video or audio sound
samples of the classical violists.

The
viola is similar in material and construction to the violin
 however it is larger in its proportions.
A "full-size" viola body is up to four inches longer than a full-size violin body, with typical lengths of around 15
˝  to 16˝ inches .

 


List of compositions for viola

 




Giuseppe Torelli (1658–1709), pedagogue, composer

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), composer

František Benda (1709–1786), composer

Johann Stamitz (1717–1757), composer

Jiří Antonín Benda (1722–1795), composer

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809), composer

Jan Křtitel Vaňhal (1739–1813)

Carl Stamitz (1745–1801), composer

William Shield (1748–1829)

Anton Stamitz (1750–c.1800), composer

Bartolomeo Campagnoli (1751–1827), composer,

Joseph Schubert (1754–1837), composer

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791), composer

Alessandro Rolla (1757–1841), composer

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827), composer

Niccolň Paganini (1782–1840), composer

Alexandre Pierre François Boëly (1785–1858)

Chrétien Urhan (1790–1845)

Franz Schubert (1797–1828), composer

Karl Traugott Queisser (1800–1846)

Casimir Ney (1801–1877)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847), composer

Matthias Durst (1815–1875),  composer

Henryk Wieniawski (1835–1880)

Mitrofan Belyayev (1836–1904)

Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904), composer

Hans Sitt (1850–1922)

Eugčne Ysa˙e (1858–1931)

Natalie Bauer-Lechner (1858–1921)

Willy Hess (1859–1939)

Natalie Bauer-Lechner (1858–1921)

Sir
Hugh Allen (1869–1946), conductor

Cecil Forsyth (1870–1941), composer

Oskar Nedbal (1874–1930), composer

Pierre Monteux (1875–1964), conductor

Lionel Tertis (1876–1975)

Ottorino Respighi (1879–1936), composer

Henri Casadesus (1879–1947)

Frank Bridge (1879–1941), composer

Maurice Vieux (1884–1951)

Eric Coates (1886–1957), composer

Michael Balling (1886–1925)

Rebecca Clarke (1886–1979), composer

Hermann Scherchen (1891–1966), conductor

Philip Sainton (1891–1967), composer, conductor

Paul Hindemith (1895–1963), composer

Vadim Borisovsky (1900–1972)

Lillian Fuchs (1901–1995)

Tibor Serly (1901–1978), composer

Tosca Kramer (1903–1976)


William Primrose (1904–1982)
Paganini Caprice 24
Mov1
Walton viola concerto  
Mov1
Handel/Casadesus Concerto    
Mov1 Mov2 Mov3
Beethoven's Polonaise  
Mov1
Romance by Benjamin Dale  
Mov1 Mov2


Jef Maes (1905–1996), composer

Max Rostal (1905–1991),

Ödön Pártos (1907–1977), composer

Miklós Rózsa (1907–1995), composer

David Oistrakh (1908–1974),

Milton Katims (1909–2006), conductor

Milton Preves (1909–2000)

Otto Joachim (b.1910), composer

Allan Pettersson (1911–1980), composer

Paul Rolland (1911–1977)

Benjamin Britten (1913–1976), composer

Gyula Dávid (1913–1977)

Jack Delano (1914–1997), composer

Carlo Maria Giulini (1914–2005), conductor

Raphael Hillyer (b.1914)

Victor Legley (1915–1994), composer

Walter Trampler (1915–1997)

Ernest Llewellyn (1915–1982) conductor

Yehudi Menuhin (1916–1999)

Paul Doktor (1917–1989)

Joseph de Pasquale (b.1919)

Karen Tuttle (b.1920)

Dino Asciolla (1920–1994)

Václav Neumann (1920–1995), conductor

Luigi Sagrati (1921–2008)

Franz Beyer (b.1922)

Peter Schidlof (1922–1987)

Rudolf Barshai (b.1924), conductor

Daniel Benyamini (1925–1993)

Wayne Crouse (1924–2000)

Miroslav Miletić (b.1925), composer

Josef Suk (b.1929),

Roland Vamos (b.1930)

Fyodor Druzhinin (1932–2007)

Leroy Jenkins (1932–2007)

Michael Tree (b.1934)

Charles Dutoit (b.1936), conductor

John Harbison (b.1938), composer

Thomas Kakuska (1940–2005)

Jaime Laredo (b.1941)

Martha Strongin Katz (b.1942)

John Cale (b.1942)


Nobuko Imai (b.1943)
 Nino Rota Intermezzo for Viola and Piano    Mov1
Reverie, for viola & piano in F sharp minor  
Mov1


Uri Mayer (b.1946), conductor


Michael Kugel (b.1946)
 R.Schedrin, imitation of Albeniz 
Mov1
Hora Staccato  
Mov1
C. Debussi, La Plus Que Lente   
Mov1
Benda, Grave  
Mov1


Rivka Golani (b.1946)

Pinchas Zukerman (b.1948)

Gérard Caussé (b.1948)

Rosemary Glyde (1948–1994), composer

Robert Vernon (b.1949)

Simon Rowland-Jones (b.1950)

Kim Kashkashian (b.1952)

Steven Dann (b.1953)

Yuri Bashmet (b.1953)

Roger Chase (b.1953)

Nigel Keay (b.1955), composer

Steven Ansell (b.1954)

Lawrence Dutton (b.1954)

Nigel Kennedy (b.1956)

Shlomo Mintz (b.1957)

Harold Levin (b.1956)

Paul Coletti (b.1959)

Jean Sulem (b.1959)

Roberto Díaz (b.1960)

Jocelyn Pook (b.1960), composer

Brett Dean (b.1961)

Paul Neubauer (b.1962)

Michael Twomey (b.1963)

John Metcalfe (b.1964)

Clara Petrozzi-Stubin (b.1965) composer


Tabea Zimmermann (b.1966)
Penderecki, Concerto para Viola de Arco 
Mov1 Mov2


Yehonatan Berick (b.1968)

Ashan Pillai (b.1969)

Scott St. John (b.1969)

John Webb (b.1969), composer

Ralph Farris (b.1970)


Olga Goija
Handel's, Sonata VI  
Mov1
Bach's G-minor Sonata   
Mov1
Sergei Prokoviev's Romeo and Juliet arranged for viola and piano by
Vadim Borisovsky     
Mov1
Marchenbilder for Viola and Piano (Nicht schnell) 
Mov1


Sheila Browne (b.1971)

Ari Poutiainen (b.1972)

Paul Reynolds (b.1973)

Franck Chevalier (b.1973)


Maxim Vengerov (b.1974)
Walton Viola concerto  
Mov1


Julian Rachlin (b.1974)


Scott Slapin (b.1974)

Tania Davis (b.1975)

James Lowe (b.1976), conductor

Cathy Basrak (b.1977)

Michael Klotz (b.1978)

Lev Zhurbin (b.1978), composer


Julia Rebekka Adler (b.1978)
Traditional Klezmer tunes  
Mov1
Fantasy for viola+piano  
Mov1
Bulgar from Odessa   
Mov1
Chassidic dance  
Mov1


Peter Bucknell (b.1977)

Sila Eser (b.1979)

David Aaron Carpenter (b.1986)
Hora Staccato     
Mov1


 

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