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Famous Female Violists

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List of famous female violists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female violists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being violists. There are thousand of females working as violists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic violists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a violist then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list is made up of many different people, including Veronika Hagen and Martha Strongin Katz.

While this isn't a list of all female violists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female violists?" and "Who are the best female violists?"

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    Jennifer Stumm is an American violist.more

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    • Profession: Violist
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    Tabea Zimmermann

    Tabea Zimmermann, born on 8 October 1966 in Lahr, is a German violist. She began learning to play the viola at the age of three, and commenced piano studies at age five. At the age of 13, she studied viola with Ulrich Koch at the Conservatory of Freiburg and progressed to study with Sándor Végh at the ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Lahr, Germany
    • Profession: Violist
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    Kim Kashkashian
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    Kim Kashkashian is a Grammy-award winning Armenian-American violist.more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Composer, Violist, Teacher
    • Credits: Germany Year 90 Nine Zero
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    Jocelyn Pook is an English composer, pianist and viola player.more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Solihull, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Pianist, Composer, Violist
    • Credits: Eyes Wide Shut, The Merchant of Venice, Room in Rome, They Came Back, Time Out, + more
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    Biddy Connor is a film score composer and musician.more

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    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Guitarist, Musician, Composer, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Orchids: My Intersex Adventure, You Cut, I Choose
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    Rebecca Clarke
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    Rebecca Clarke was an English classical composer and violist best known for her chamber music featuring the viola. She was born in Harrow and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music in London, later becoming one of the first female professional orchestral players. Stranded in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1886-1979)
    • Birthplace: London Borough of Harrow, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Composer, Violist
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    Rosemary Glyde
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    Rosemary Glyde was an American violist and composer. Focusing on expanding the limited repertory for solo viola, she wrote and transcribed many works for that instrument, including Sergei Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata and Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suites for viola. She founded the New York Viola ...more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1948-1994)
    • Birthplace: Auburn, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Composer, Violist
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    Geraldine Lamboley Walther is an American violist. Since 2005 she has been a member of the Takács String Quartet, replacing Roger Tapping as violist of the group. She is the former principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony, a role she held from 1976 through 2005. Previously, she was assistant ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Violist
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    Nobuko Imai, is a Japanese classical violist with an extensive career as soloist and chamber musician. Since 1988 she has played a 1690 Andrea Guarneri instrument.more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Japan
    • Profession: Violist
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    Lillian Fuchs, an American violist, teacher and composer, is considered to be among the finest instrumentalists of her time. She hailed from a musically talented family: her brothers, Joseph Fuchs, a violinist, and Harry Fuchs, a cellist, performed with her on numerous commercial recordings. Her ...more

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    • Age: Died at 94 (1901-1995)
    • Profession: Composer, Violist
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    Tania Davis
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    Tania Davis is the first violinist of the British/Australian classical crossover string quartet bond. Originally the violist of the quartet, she became the first violinist of the group in 2008 when its original first violinist Haylie Ecker left the group. Elspeth Hanson subsequently joined the group in ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Pianist, Actor, Violist, Violinist
    • Credits: Johnny English, XXX: State of the Union, Bond: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
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    Karen Tuttle was an American viola teacher, famous for her "coordination" technique, which emphasizes being comfortable while playing the instrument. She was originally a violinist who chose to become a violist when she wanted to study with William Primrose, whose technique and ease in playing the viola ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1920-2010)
    • Birthplace: Lewiston, Idaho, United States of America
    • Profession: Violist
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    Melia Watras is a prominent American violist and professor of viola. As a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, Watras has championed the works of living composers throughout her career. She has commissioned, premiered and recorded numerous new compositions, while appearing at prestigious ...more

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    • Profession: Violist
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    Veronika Hagen is an Austrian violist.more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
    • Profession: Violist
    • Credits: Hagen Quartett: Mozart Quintet for Clarinet and Strings & Beethoven String Quartet No. 16, Hagen Quartett: String Quartet in D Minor & String Quartet in F Major
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    Esther Apituley

    Esther Apituley is an actress and violist.more

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    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Profession: Actor, Violist
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    Carol Rodland is an American viola player who studied with Karen Tuttle at the Juilliard School. She was Tuttle's teaching assistant for several years before taking a position as a viola teacher at the New England Conservatory. In February 2008, it was announced that Rodland would join the faculty at ...more

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    • Profession: Violist
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    Rivka Golani

    Rivka Golani is an Israeli viola player. She has performed as soloist with many orchestras throughout the world including the Boston Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Hong Kong Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Profession: Violist
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    Martha Strongin Katz

    Martha Strongin Katz is a violist and member of the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where she teaches viola and chamber music. She was a founding member of the Cleveland Quartet, along with her former husband, Paul Katz, and Peter Salaff and Donald Weilerstein.more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Profession: Violist
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    Karen Dreyfus

    Karen Dreyfus is world-renowned violist who currently teaches at the USC Thornton School of Music. Ms. Dreyfus has distinguished herself as a recipient of many prizes, including the Naumburg Viola Competition, the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, the Washington International Competition, ...more

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    • Profession: Violist
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    Cynthia Phelps is an American violist whose versatile career involves work as a chamber musician, solo artist, and orchestral musician. Phelps is currently the Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic, a position to which she was appointed in 1992. She is a former faculty member of the Manhattan ...more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Violist
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