THE KAREN TUTTLE LEGACY
For Advanced Violists
Probably the most profoundly life-changing moment in my life was when I first met and studied with the legendary violist and pedagogue, Karen Tuttle, who played in the NBC Symphony Orchestra with Toscanini, was violist of the Schneider String Quartet, and taught at The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, and Banff Centre of the Arts. She was the protégé of the legendary viola soloist William Primrose. I came to her as an advanced player who had profound muscle tension and tendonitis and her philosophy and methods not only released me from pain and injury, but gave me an understanding of how to physically manifest music through the body to find physical freedom, power and resonance, heightened technical ability, agility, and stamina. I continued this journey with the dear members of the Tuttle family, who are some of the most prolific performers and sought-after teachers in the world: Carol Rodland, Kim Kashkashian, Jeffery Irvine, and Edward Gazouleas.
This technique is a must for violists who are dealing with injury, tendinitis, tension; or for the healthy and solid player who is looking for more guidance in furthering their technique to create more layers of sound, power, agility, and consistency. This wisdom is near and dear to my heart and has forever changed my life. It would be an honor to pass it to you.