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Violist Lech Antonio Uszynski plays Bach at Schlüsselzunft Basel

A solo viola plays Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor with monumental virtuosity

Viola jokes burn the worst

This gag from 1714 is thought to be the earliest known viola joke

Two musicians find an abandoned US church

When two musicians found an abandoned country church, they knew what to do…

Violin rosin

What the heck is rosin – and why do violinists need it?

Emperor Naruhito is a keen violist

Japan has a new viola-playing Emperor, and Donald Trump just gave him a viola

Violist yells during concerto

This violist just started plain yelling in the middle of a concerto – and it was terrifying


The 7 best pieces EVER written for the viola

Leonardo da Vinci viola organista

Leonardo da Vinci invented this musical instrument – and it sounds remarkable

Viola problems

9 things they didn't tell you about playing the viola

Anthony Hewitt and Alistair Rutherford to cycle 180 miles for ARCO

Record-breaking cyclist to cycle 180 miles dressed as a VIOLA

Britten's viola

Listen to Britten played on Britten’s VERY OWN viola

'Up' by a string quartet

The ‘Up’ theme tune, but it’s played by a string quartet

Viola player uses instrument to disrupt criminal activity

Music student plays the viola to stop drug dealers

Cello hair problems

16 string player confessions that will make you say ‘same’