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The 10 best viola players of all time and their performances

Team Soundbrenner, in Community news
Aug 10, 2023 | 5 min read

While exploring the world of symphony, it is impossible to miss the depth and richness that the viola brings to any composition. Many maestros have graced the music industry with their talent, but today we’re focusing on the greatest viola players who have ever lived. 馃幓

1.  Lionel Tertis (1876-1975)

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He was among the pioneering English violists who worked diligently to enhance the status of the viola in the classical music landscape. The dedication and artistry of Lionel Tertis resonated through his renditions, particularly his performance of Kreisler’s Praeludium und Allegro. It is a must-listen for any viola enthusiast.

2.  William Primrose (1904-1982)

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William Primrose was a renowned Scottish violist and one of the most influential figures in the world of classical music. The Scottish-born viola player’s execution of Paganini鈥檚 24 Caprices is still considered one of the most significant milestones in viola history.

3.  Yuri Bashmet (b. 1953)

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Yuri Bashmet is a contemporary Russian violist known for his passionate performances. His gripping take on “Sinfonia Concertante” by Mozart left audiences breathless. His soulful interpretation of this piece is something every music lover should experience.

4.  Tabea Zimmermann (b. 1966)

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A German viola player, renowned for her expressive and vibrant performances, Tabea Zimmermann鈥檚 rendition of Bart贸k鈥檚 Viola Concerto is a testament to her unmatched talent. It has gathered many views on YouTube, leaving listeners in awe of her prowess.

5.  Kim Kashkashian (b. 1952)

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Kim Kashkashian is an Armenian-American viola player. She captivated audiences with her soulful rendition of “Trauermusik” by Paul Hindemith. Kim’s evocative performance will tug at your heartstrings and create a lasting impression.

6.  Nobuko Imai (b. 1943)

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Nobuko Imai is a distinguished Japanese viola player. Known for her emotive and resonant performances, her performance of “Harold in Italy” by Hector Berlioz is a masterstroke that you won’t want to miss.

7.  Paul Neubauer (b. 1962)

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Source: The News School

Seventh on our list is this American viola player, Paul Neubauer, famous for his technical prowess and emotive performances. His interpretation of “Arpeggione Sonata” by Schubert is one of the most viewed performances, showing his exceptional skill.

8.  Lawrence Power (b. 1977)

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Lawrence Power is a British viola player known for his solo and chamber music performances with the Nash Ensemble and Leopold String Trio. His interpretation of Brett Dean: Viola Concerto is very popular. Power鈥檚 depth of sound and technique have captivated millions.

9. Antoine Tamestit (b. 1979)

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A French viola player, known for his remarkable tonality, Antoine Tamestit has splendid command over his instrument. His performance with Sir Antonio Pappano at Walton’s Viola Concerto is a stirring experience.

10.  Roberto Diaz (b. 1965) 

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The passion and technical brilliance of Roberto Diaz have made him a leading violist of Chilean-American origin. His performance of Walton’s Viola Concerto is a display of sheer artistry.

These ten extraordinary viola players have left a mark on the world of classical music. Their dedication, innovation, and sheer talent have enriched the viola repertoire and continue to inspire budding musicians.

Each of these violists has crafted a unique musical journey through their amazing performances. Leaving an everlasting mark on the world of music. As you explore their works, you’ll see why these ten viola players truly stand out from the rest. 馃幍


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