Adagio e tema con variazioni

Adagio e tema con variazioni

Alessandro Rolla

Isabel Charisius's masterclasses

English 41 min Viola

In this alto masterclass, Isabel Charisius and Gatien Leray work on pacing, bowing, and more.

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

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The masterclass

About this masterclass

In this masterclass, Isabel Charisius and student Gatien Leray discuss the method of an inaudible shift of the bow at different tempos. These techniques are studied along with the importance of developing principles of performing techniques within the confines of a specific style.

Several insightful points are touched upon in the masterclass in an eye-opening fashion. Charisius’s assessments are a beautiful example of how several minor changes in the performance can paint a different picture and convey a completely different emotion.

Many helpful points, such as fine-vibrato movements and sound quality to tempo correlation, can be found in this masterclass.

What we learn in this masterclass 

  1. Hand positioning.

  2. Developing motor skills.

  3. Committing to dedicated practice.

  4. Being 'emotionally focused'.

  5. Pacing.

  • Student:Gatien Leray
  • Instruments: Viola
  • Date:16 February 2021
  • Academy:Academy Feb. 14 - Feb. 21, 2021
Isabel Charisius

Isabel Charisius

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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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