Viola

Lauren_Burns_Hodges_150x150 Lauren Burns Hodges (USA)

LAUREN BURNS HODGES currently serves as Lecturer in Viola at Valdosta State University, Principal Viola of the Valdosta Symphony, violist of the Azalea String Quartet, and Director of the South Georgia String Project, winner of the 2011 NSPC String Project of the Year.  During the summers, she is a faculty artist at the Premier Orchestral Institute in Jackson, MS and the Schlern International Music Festival in South Tyrol, Italy.  Recent orchestral, chamber and solo performances have taken her to Périgueux (France), Graz and Bad Leonfelden (Austria), Havana (Cuba), and...

michael_kugel Michael Kugel (Russia/ Belgium)

Michael Kugel was born in 1946 in the Soviet Union.  He studied the violin at the Beethoven School of Music and at the Kharkov Music College before entering the Leningrad Conservatory, where he studied the viola (with Juri Kramerov), composition and conducting.  In 1975 he won First Prize at the International Viola Competition in Budapest (when Yuri Bashmet and Thomas Riebl were also finalists). In the USSR he was viola soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic Organisation  “Mosconcert”, violist of the Beethoven Quartet (in succession to Fyodor Drushinin) and...

long_min Min Long (China)

Min Long, born in 1976 in Sichuan, is currently an associate viola professor at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music and the Principal Violist of the Oriental Symphony Orchestra. He started playing music at age 6 and later studied at the middle school/high school division of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from the Central Conservatory in Beijing in 2000.  In the same year, he was awarded a full scholarship to attend Rice University in the United States and later earned his Masters degree there. In 2002, he...

AliciaValoti_150x150 Alicia Valoti (USA)

ALICIA MARIE VALOTI has held an internationally fruitful music career as a young violist. Beginning as a pianist at Indiana University Bloomington, she eventually came to study the viola and later completed a performance degree at McGill University in Montreal. Following her time in Canada, Mrs. Valoti continued her studies of viola and chamber music in Italy at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, the Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale di Saluzzo and the Conservatory of Florence, where she received a Master’s degree in viola performance with the highest honors. Her...