The viola is seemingly just a big violin but tuned a fifth lower. In reality the two instruments are worlds apart. They both have three strings in common, the A, D and G string. The high E-string lends the violin a powerful luminosity and metallic penetrating tone which is missing in the viola. The violin leads, the viola remains in the shade. In return the low C-string gives the viola a unique ascerbity, compact, somewhat hoarse, with the aftertaste of wood, earth and tannic acid.

György Ligeti, preface to Sonate for Viola Solo.

Elliot Vaughan is a vancouver-based freelance violist. He plays chamber and solo music, with a particular passion for interpreting new music. Long-overdue recordings will be added to this page soon!

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Elliot Vaughan actively performs with:
The End Tree
Something About Reptiles
Four on the Floor