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Edward Violahands

Edward Violahands

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Why book Edward Violahands?

I provide solo classical viola for receptions, weddings, restaurants, general background music, and more. I have also worked as a "strolling violinist" at a Rennaisance Faire. I specialize in Bach's solo cello suites, but have a wide repertoire, and am open to requests for other varieties of "classical" music.

Edward Violahands is the longtime soubriquet of classical violist Grace Young.


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Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 5 - 180 minutes
  • Fee: $ 100 and up
  • Languages: English, French


I cater my playing style to match the venue and level of audience involvement. I can provide sophisticated, soothing background music, or take center stage as a dynamic soloist, depending on the needs of my clients.

Additional Booking Notes

Since my instruments are made of wood, I cannot play outdoor in excessively rainy or wet conditions. I play accousticly, and may require amplification depending on the noise level of the venue. I will need time for a short sound check if this is the case. I cannot provide my own amplification at this time.


A recent transplant to Portland, I studied viola at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Karen Ritscher, and have had the honor of working with many other fantastic teachers. I am an individual contractor with the Walla Walla Symphony, and served as the Principal Violist of the Washington-Idaho Symphony for two years, receiving rave reviews from long time audience members. I am a longtime performer, and am looking to provide live classical music to a wide range of audiences.

The team providing the talent:

Grace Young


Set List

Selections from the Solo Cello Suites of J.S Bach and other classical standards. Please contact with requests.

Influences & Inspiration

My interpretive style has been influenced by my amazing teachers and the myriad of classical musicians I have listened to over the years, including Yuri Bashmet, William Primrose, Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell.

Setup Requirements

Amplification equipment - if needed


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