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Great Violists of Yesteryear
The short answer? Lionel Tertis, William Primrose and Nicolo Paganini. Tertis was and still is the anointed, British-appointed ‘father of the viola’ in the early 1900s. His status as the pre-eminent inspiration for modern larger-scale violas, the so-called Tertis Model, deserves to be challenged and tempered by noting the earlier Viola Alta of the late 19th century German player-teacher Herman Ritter. Tertis’ stature as the first finest violist of the viola’s golden age, the 20th century, should be balanced by knowing of the achievements of another German, Michael Balling, a student of Ritter and principal viola for Wagner in Bayreuth…
My Pupil, My Friend
“Hi, I’m your new Professor! Tell me all about yourself!” This is surely a daunting moment for a student (especially at Conservatoire level); he or she may well be living away from home for the very first time and struggling on the leading edge of adult life. The realization may have arrived that turning to fiddle and bow as one’s main avenue of expression and progress coincides with a change in learning. Now it is mainly the student who invests the effort to work and learn rather than receiving instruction from his teachers. This leads me to my main point….
AUSTA Tasmania String Teacher’s Workshop with Stephen Chin
String Teacher’s Workshop with Stephen Chin St Michael’s Collegiate School are pleased to announce that string pedagogue Stephen Chin will be giving a free teacher workshop and introduction to his new beginner method for all string instruments: “My First Pieces.” 09:30 – 11:00am, Saturday 30 July St Michael’s Collegiate Performing Arts Centre Please register interest with Charlie McCarthy email@example.com