From Yuri Bashmet's Masterclass @ SOTA (26 May 2012)

YURI BASHMET Viola Masterclass
The School of the Arts
Saturday (26 March 2012)

A proud moment for the five young viola students who had 20 minutes with the world's greatest violist Yuri Bashmet. On the left are the two piano accompanists, Albert Lin and Bertrand Lee.

The first student to perform was Amy Tan from the School of the Arts, who played the first movement from Hindemith's concerto Der Schwanendreher. Yuri Bashmet, who arrived half an hour late, listens intently on the side. Once he got up to speak and demonstrate, he did not return to the seat again.

Bashmet  uses quite a bit of analogies in describing how he would like the music to be played. 

Thaddeus Chong gets first hand tips on delivering the opening phrase in Brahms's Sonata in F minor.

Bashmet spent the most time with Wu Jingting who performed Vieuxtemps's Elegie most beautifully.


The maestro demonstrates on how to get a certain effect from the viola.


Melody Teoh played the first movement of Walton's Viola Concerto, and Bashmet  makes a point on  phrasing  by illustrating how a herd of kangaroos skips, much to the amusement of the audience.

Theodore Chung has some instruction in Bartok's Viola Concerto, from one of the greatest interpreters of this work.

A panoramic view of the masterclass in its last minutes. Its nearly 4pm and its time for the maestro to return. He has a flight  to catch this evening.