Berliner Philharmoniker Master Class – Viola


Berliner Philharmoniker Master Class – Viola
Martin Stegner, violist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, gives a master class for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 introducing the viola part in Richard Strauss’s “Don Juan”. Learn more at

Working with young musicians and making classical music available to a worldwide audience on the Internet are main objectives of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The orchestra is therefore delighted to support the unique project of a YouTube Symphony Orchestra.

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34 Comments

  1. He makes this excerpt look easy! This is actually a very hard to play with
    lots of complexity, which is why it’s a common excerpt for professional
    orchestra auditions! A true master at work! And what a wonderful viola!

  2. @fsacriste They are there! Just click on the “cc” button, scroll down and
    pick the Spanish subtitles.

  3. @BerlinPhil Thanks for the answer. Sadly, I can only see the upper part of
    the list, but is a problem with either the site or my machine… So bad,
    you didn’t write it this way “Español”

  4. @BerlinPhil Sorry, I just found that I can do it on Full Screen mode, so
    happy, one of my nieces is violist, I will send this to her. Big thanks.

  5. @ThePeoplesGuru well i guess so..haha i’ve heard Bashmet and his testore
    viola two weeks ago life <3 so amazing..but his is even better..well love
    it anyway, violas rock! 

  6. Unless you’re in the Berliner Philharmoniker, then I would keep my mouth
    shut. He’s a terrific violist and this was not meant to show off, but to
    help those in preperation for playing Strauss’s Don Juan. 

  7. Generally, in professional orchestras they don’t use vibrato while playing
    Strauss. It helps to blend better in a section. 

  8. His C string is so strong and full. Where mine is so weak and annoying!
    Does anybody know why this is so? It would help me so very much. Playing
    such music as I do is difficult to play without a proper sound from the C
    string.

  9. The mark of any great string player is an ability to tackle Strauss with
    artistry and technical poise. This guy has both in spades!

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