RIP – Joseph de Pasquale (1920-2015)

Joseph de Pasquale. Photo: Curtis Archives
Joseph de Pasquale. Photo: Curtis Archives

A great titan of the viola world has died today. Joseph de Pasquale  was principal violist of first the Boston Symphony and then the Philadelphia Orchestra, and teacher of dozens great orchestral players (including two-thirds of the Philadelphia Orchestra viola section). I had the great honor of studying with him for part of one year of graduate school, and saw him teach and play at the Max Arnoff Viola Institute (which I co-founded) for several years after he’d retired from his position in Philly. I have some anecdotes I’d like to share, but I’ll gather my thoughts first and then put up a full post sometime in the next week.

Philadelphia Inquirer obit

viola goodies


I’ve been scouring YouTube for any new (and impressive) viola videos, and there are quite a few that I hadn’t seen before. If you are still of the notion that the viola is a second-string (sorry) instrument, then you are sadly misinformed! Enjoy. Continue reading “viola goodies”

sad news for the viola world

Omar Hernándes-Hidalgo

Omar Hernández-Hidalgo, one of Mexico’s and the world’s finest young violists was found dead in Tijuana after an apparent kidnapping.