The viola is the hybrid of the string instrument family: it combines the best parts of two instruments. The sound of the viola is velvety and resembles the human voice. The viola is larger than the violin but a lot smaller than the cello.

The viola grows with the player. The youngest violist we have taught was a 4-year-old, but the usual starting age is 6 through 8.

The teacher will help you choose the instrument. You can buy the instrument or rent it from the music institute. The cost of the instrument packet (sizes 1/8–4/4) is 400–650 euros. When the violist switches to a bigger instrument, the shop refunds up to 70% of the original price.

Violists make music independently and in groups, but they have a special place in orchestras and in chamber music. Many ensembles could do with a few more violists, so you really get to play! Would you like to join the rare few?


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