Viola Concerto in D major, 2nd and 3rd movement

Viola Concerto in D major, 2nd and 3rd movement

Franz Anton Hoffmeister

Isabel Charisius's masterclasses

English 36 min Viola

In this viola masterclass, Isabel Charisius and Fabian Aschwanden work on effective practising techniques, intonations, and more.

Produced by the Saline royale Academy in February, 2021 at Arc-et-Senans.

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The masterclass

About this viola masterclass 

In this masterclass, several insightful points are touched upon, such as motor skills and muscle relaxation. Charisius shows Fabian how to find control and character in the movement of his bow. Likewise, perfection is only a matter of practice and dedication. It's in these moments where one can actually relax the muscle so that they slowly engrave into your practice. These techniques are studied along with the importance of developing principles of performing techniques within the confines of a specific style. Controlling the hand to make the piece more emotional.

Many helpful points, such as intonation, rule-following, and sound quality, can be found in this masterclass.

What we learn in this masterclass

  1. Bowing positions.
  2. Intonations.
  3. Effective practising.
  4. Process emotion in the composition.
  5. Relaxation of the hand.
  • Student:Fabian Aschwanden
  • Instruments: Viola
  • Date:16 February 2021
  • Academy:Academy Feb. 14 - Feb. 21, 2021
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Sheet music

Aim for excellence! You can improve your skills with expert advice. Download the annotated sheet music of this viola masterclass. Please note that this piece has been annotated in accordance to Isabel Charisius’s feedback and comments.

Isabel Charisius

Isabel Charisius

The prize winners were selected by a jury comprising (Alban Berg Quartet), 1983 to mark the 50th anniversary of Banff Centre.

Isabel Charisius is one of the finest violists and chamber musicians of her generation. As a member of the legendary Alban Berg Quartet, soloist and solo violist with leading orchestras, Isabel has appeared regularly at the most prestigious venues in Europe, the Americas and Asia.


She enjoys working in projects with distinguished string quartets, various ensembles and many renowned soloists at international venues and is frequently invited as a jury member on top international competitions.


For many years, Isabel has been dedicated to the development of new generations of musicians. She is an internationally recognised teacher of viola and chamber music. Her prolific teaching activity at the Universities of Cologne and Lucerne as well as a wide range of masterclasses at some of the most prestigious institutions gave rise to a large community of alumni. Students of Isabel can be found among the winners of international competitions and many of them are members of the world’s finest ensembles and orchestras. Isabel Charisius plays the extraordinary viola «ABQ» by Laurentius Storioni (1780).

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