Spiccato with Ted Wilson and Daniel Palmizio
Following Ted’s vibrato session in November’s Pathways series, he has agreed to lead a session and explain how he teaches Spiccato to pupils. Examples from the current ABRSM syllabus will be used.
Daniel Palmizio, will explore more advanced spiccato technique.
Daniel was taught briefly by Ted and then by Ian Jewel and Bruno Giurana. He currently juggles a career as guest Principal Viola with the Philharmonia Orchestra while appearing as a soloist with many foreign Orchestras. To see Daniel playing Waxman Carmen Fantasy click HERE
In this Pathways session the following types of Spiccato will be discussed:
a. Ricochet
b. Slow Spiccato at the heel, including large string crossings.
c. Medium speed Spiccato
d. Col Legno
e. Sautille.
By careful choice of pieces it is possible to pass Grade 8 violin without ever playing a Spiccato note. However, higher-level youth orchestra auditions and all professional orchestral auditions require Spiccato.
In this session particular attention will be paid to the role of the thumb in controlling the angle of the hair, the movement of the left elbow to maintain the bow parallel to the bridge and the alteration of the bow position when changing strings.
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  • Faculty

    Ted Wilson








    Ted came to Cardiff in 1976 and was a member of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera for 18 years. He now works as a violin and viola teacher in Cardiff specializing in teaching beginners of all ages to beyond grade 8. Former pupils include, his daughter Nicole Wilson, Daniel Palmizio, Rhys Watkins now a 1st violin in the LSO plus lots of others who now work in the profession. Younger ex pupils include Menglin Li, leader of the under 13 National Children’s Orchestra, now taught be Professor Robin Stowell and 16 year old Charlie Lovell-Jones who is to play the Waxman Carmen fantasy with the John Wilson Orchestra and has a number of bookings with the English Chamber Orchestra. Charlie is now a pupil of Rodney Friend.


    Now aged 73, Ted willing admits that all his grade 8 pupils have better vibrato than he has, but he did teach them how to do it!


    Ted has been a member of the ESTA Council and was a director of ESTA 2013, the company that presented the highly successful international ESTA conference in Oxford. In May 2015 he was given an ESTA award for “Exceptional services to ESTA (UK).


    Daniel Palmizio












    Daniel has established himself as one of today's most highly regarded young violists with a string of competition successes and an extensive concert experience. He performed around the world as a soloist and collaborated with musicians such as Frans
    Helmerson, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Salvatore Accardo, Antonio Meneses and Maxim Vengerov. He was recently described as a player of 'instrumental mastery' characterized by 'unselfconscious refinement'.

    Daniel began his studies at the Santa Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome, where he was chosen for the rising soloists programme "Cidim" and gave concerto performances with Rome Sinfonietta across Italy. He then continued his education in England, first
    at the Purcell School and then at the Royal College of Music, with Ian Jewel. During his time in the UK, Daniel has been awarded scholarships from the Solti Foundation, Hattori Foundation and Philharmonia's Martin Scholarship as well as the 1st Prize
    and Audience Prize in the Watson Forbes International Viola Competition. He then went on to win he 1st Prize in the Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome. Further performances in South America and the US then followed, while his notable performances
    in England included Walton's Concerto in St. John's Smith Square and  recitals at the Purcell Room, the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Festival Hall.

    In 2008, Daniel returned to his native Italy to join the class of the celebrated violist Bruno Giuranna in Cremona, with whom he performed chamber music throughout Italy. Under Giuranna's baton, Daniel, with the Udine Symphony Orchestra, performed
    Britten's Lachrymae on several occasions. His demanding schedule continued when he toured Italy, Malta and Estonia as a soloist with the World Youth Orchestra and performed at the Bellinzona and Neauchatel Festivals in Switzerland.
    In spite of Daniel's most recent achievement, the top viola prize in the 2012 Budapest International Competition, there is a growing demand for his teaching and from 2012 to 2015 he held the position of Professor of Viola at the Santa Cecilia
    Conservatoire in Rome.

    Notable future engagements include concerto performances with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, the Orchestras of Padova and Veneto and the Orchestra of the Arena di Verona, a tour in Hungary with the Hungarian Radio Orchestra
    and the Szeged Symphony Orchestra. In the spring he will play his Schumann Cello concerto arrangement with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra and in Poland to conduct the Koszalin Philharmonic.

    He plays on a 1800 viola generously loaned from the Accademia Chigiana in Siena

  • Details and Costs

    • Pricing:

      ESTA member £25

      ESTA non member £35

      ESTA student £15

      ESTA student non member £25


      All sessions are 2.30-5.30 at the Primrose Hill Community Centre, 29 Hopkinsons Place, Fitzroy Road, London NW1 8TN Telephone: (020) 7586 8327.

      The entrance is down a little passage with a metal barrier in front of it, slightly tricky to spot. Go through the alley and you’ll see the building. There is free on street parking for those driving. 

      Tube: The nearest tube is Chalk Farm on the Northern line and is about a 10 minute walk.




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