Specializing in Music for Viola

Music of Michael Kimber

                  Photo by J. F. W. Kimber

“As a violist who also composes, I’m naturally inclined to write music that
I myself will enjoy playing. Sounding ‘contemporary’ is rarely my intent;
my ‘style’ has depended on the kind of music I’m writing. I’ve found much
inspiration in writing music evocative of other times and places, and every
time and place suggests its own unique style. Unfortunately, the adoption
of an element or elements of one culture or identity by members of another
culture or identity is now criticized as ‘cultural appropriation.’ If you perform
my Fantasía Hispana, my Three Armenian Impressions, my Echoes of Greece,
my Emerald Isle, does this make you ‘guilty’ of cultural appropriation? I think
that’s for you to decide. For myself, I can only say that whenever I’ve written
such culture-inspired music, and whenever I’ve performed it, my intention has
been to communicate my admiration and sincere respect for another culture; I
have never intended to demean any culture or identity in any way whatsoever.”

                      —Michael Kimber
          a 2010 recipient of the American Viola Society’s
     Founders Award in recognition of his compositions for viola.

Browse music of Michael Kimber by categories:

Unaccompanied Solos

Accompanied Solos

Pedagogical Music

Ensemble Music

String Orchestra Music

Thinking of copying music instead of purchasing it?

Polish violist Marcin Murawski has recorded
eight CDs of Michael Kimber’s music.
Click HERE for more information about
these impressive CDs, including limited-time
discounts on the purchase of three or more CDs!
Here is a sample from CD #4:
the first three minutes of Night Music
for solo viola and string orchestra.

Here are some links to just some of the many
performances of Michael Kimber’s music on YouTube!

Here are links to audio recordings of the composer
performing some of his own solo viola music.

Here is a list of some of the many
past performances
of Michael Kimber’s music.

If you are performing or have recently performed any of my music,
or have heard a performance of it, I would love to hear from you.
Please email me at mkimber@centurylink.net with details.


Please also have a look at the amazingly comfortable poly-pad
ergonomically contoured poly-foam shoulder rest for violin and viola
now in its 30th year and still growing in popularity!

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Updated February 16, 2021