Friday, June 25, 2010

Oberlin Violinmaking Workshop - Part 2

The VSA violinmaking workshop at Oberlin College is winding up after two exciting and eventful weeks. Yesterday, Jonah Sirota, violist of the Chiara String Quartet and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln visited the workshop. Jonah plays a Testore model viola made by Gregg in 2009.

Jonah also graciously agreed to participate in a listening experiment, during which 5 violas were played by Jonah and 24 violins were played by violinist Jing Qiao, who is studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Each viola and violin was rated in various categories by the audience members.

In addition to Gregg's Testore model viola being part of the experiment, an Ole Bull violin made by Gregg's apprentice Zak was also part of the experiment. Here is a photo of Ms. Qiao playing Zak's Ole Bull, with Gregg looking on:

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