Lunchbox/Soapbox: Emma Ayres on The Viola: A big violin, a small cello, or just a joke?
As the old joke goes, the definition of a gentleman is someone who can play the viola, but chooses not to. So, what is a viola? Why did all the most famous composers play it, including Jimi Hendrix? And why is this beautiful instrument the laughing stock of the orchestra?
Emma Ayres is a classically trained musician and the darling of ABC Classic FM Breakfast. In this talk, she lets loose on the viola haters in a pointed, funny classical music rant. And to dispel any final doubts, she also plays.
Eddie Ayres is a writer, music teacher and broadcaster. He was born on the White Cliffs of Dover and began playing violin when he was eight years old. He studied music in Manchester, Berlin and London, played viola professionally in the UK and Hong Kong and moved to Australia in 2003.