The viola is slightly larger than a violin in size, has a lower and deeper sound than a violin and is also an excellent and frequent choice for violinists who enjoy a richer and bigger sound. Since the 18th century it has been the middle voice of the violin family, between the violin and the cello.
A person who plays the Viola is a Violist, or a Viola player.
Mozart, Brahms, and Schumann wrote music for Viola, and in the earlier part of the 20th century William Walton, Bohuslav Martinů and Béla Bartók wrote well-known viola concertos.
Great Violists include William Primrose, Nobuko Imai, Yuri Bashmet, and Pichas Zukerman.
Evan Hesketh, violinist/violist, has been teaching for the past nine years with the goal to “share my passion and enthusiasm for music with others. As a teacher, I am fully invested in my students and strive to ensure that lessons not only hone their technical skills, ut also develop and nurture their musicality and creativity. I want my students to be both inspired and challenged by their lessons – if they can’t wait to take their instrument out of the case then I know I’m doing my job!”
He teaches students ranging from near beginners to high school students. While a graduate student in Cleveland, he mentored viola students at the Cleveland School for the Arts, an inner-city performing arts middle and high school. As a conductor, he has worked with high school orchestra and band students as a guest clinician.
Evan brings extensive experience as a performer to his teaching. I hold a masters degree in viola performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as a masters degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Victoria (Canada). He has played in professional orchestras as a violinist and violist for the past eight years, was a prizewinner at both the Fischoff and Coleman chamber music competitions, and has performed in master classes for many notable artists, including Pinchas Zukerman. Additionally, he has conducted orchestras in Canada, Europe, and the United States.