Who could make a website about the viola? If you thought "Only a viola player" you are right! Here I am.
My name is Monica Cuneo, of course I play the viola and decided to make this website because I love it and got a bit fed up that there are still so many people who can't tell what a viola is.
My intention was to make a website for non-viola-players, actually for non-musicians, but for all music lovers who like to know a bit more. However, it seems that my website attracts a lot of viola players!
Intentionally I wrote in a style that is far from academic (read: boring), because I think one of the reasons a lot of people, especially young, don't go toward classical music is that classical music is surrounded by this halo of seriousness that, apparently, is not attractive at all for a lot of people.
I wanted to show old-time composers as the real persons they were and, in my opinion, much more interesting, lively and pleasant than they usually appear from school books. To do this, I've been reading composers and performers biographies, autobiographies, letters and other documents and it's been very interesting and enjoyable.
This website is not complete, I know, I update it irregularly, there is so much more to write but I also do other things. By the way, if you'd like to see more content, help make this website better known, link to any page you like, share it, leave comments.
Some pages have been the fruit of collaboration with visitors, or were written following questions from visitors. If you'd like to contribute a viola-related article, you are welcome, get in touch.
In a very few words, I am Italian, I studied viola at the G. Verdi Conservatoire and Baroque Viola at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan. After my studies, I worked in several orchestras and chamber music groups.
In 1991 I was a member of the EUBO, European Union Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of Roy Goodman.
In 1996, sort of by accident, I found myself translating a book on the Havas New Approach to string playing, Stage Fright. Since then I've been in close contact with Kato Havas and I've translated two more books. In 2003 I moved to Oxford, UK, to study the Havas New Approach more in depth and I've specialized in teaching how to play without suffering from physical injuries and nerves.
If you want to know more about me, visit my personal website, www.monicacuneo.com
As a memory of your visit to viola-in-music.com and to make sure you never forget about us, we created this unique, exclusive, original and exceptionally beautiful!! coffee and tea mug, especially made for viola-in-music.com, with the four initial bars of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto 6 with for 2 solo violas. Bach also composed a Coffee Cantata, so I thought a coffe mug with his music on it would be appropriate.
"As the greatest expert and judge of harmony,
he liked best to play the viola,
with appropriate loudness and softness"
C.P.E. Bach about his father J.S. Bach