Episode 18: Roger Chase

“I was very bad at being told how to play — I wanted to find out for myself.”

Roger Chase has been invited to perform as guest principal violist with most of the major British orchestras and many others in North America and Europe. The current owner of the 1717 Montagnana viola, he has recorded for EMI, Virgin, and Hyperion, and taught at the Royal College of Music, Guildhall, and Oberlin. This episode includes rehearsals with host Zsolt Bognár in Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata, and an intense conversation about fear and elation on stage, overcoming frustration in the pursuit of perfection, making a living, and being a rebel.

Running time: 37 minutes

Posted on February 2, 2015 .