YourClassical Adventures

Violists in the Spotlight

Kim KashkashianSteve Riskind

YourClassical Adventures: Episode 90 - Violists in the Spotlight


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The viola often plays a supporting role in the orchestra, but these three viola players bring the instrument into the spotlight. Join Host Liz Lyon as we talk about how these musicians found their way to the viola.

Episode 90 playlist

Kim Kashkashian
Kim Kashkashian
Steve Riskind

Kim Kashkashian: In Nomine  — Along with being a successful viola player, Kashkashian also teaches the instrument. She also founded Music for Food, a musician-led hunger relief initiative that has presented hundreds of artists in concert and has created more than one and a half million free meals for people in need.

LISTEN - Gyorgy Kurtag: In Nomine

Gyorgy Kurtag: In Nomine

Violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama
Nokuthula Ngwenyama
Barrett Artists

Nokuthula Ngwenyama: Some Stuff - Ngwenyama became well-known when she won the Primrose International Viola Competition in 1993 and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1994. She is not just a violist but also a composer, a teacher and a leader in the world of music. This is a piece she composed.

LISTEN - Nokuthula Nngwenyama: Some Stuff

Nokuthula Ngwenyama: Some Stuff

Violist Matthew Lipman
Matthew Lipman
Jiyang Chen

Matthew Lipman: Fuga Libre — Lipman is new to the music world but has already made a name for himself performing with orchestras around the world. He released his first album in 2015. This is one of the pieces from that album.

LISTEN - Garth Knox: Fuga Libre

Garth Knox: Fuga Libre

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