Viola by Nikola Popara, Budapest, 2015

Viola by Nikola Popara, Budapest, 2015

About Nikola Popara

Nikola Popara studied violin making at the Musical Instrument Making School of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. During this time he also worked in the Saranszky workshop on both contemporary making and the restoration of antique instruments.

Popara set up his own Budapest workshop in 1999. His work combines the aesthetics of the classical makers with the power necessary for performing the full spectrum of styles demanded by today´s professional musician.

About the viola

This viola was made in Budapest in 2015 and is modelled after the great Brescian maker Gasparo Bertolotti `da Salò´. One of the founders of the Brescian school, da Salò was a contemporary of Andrea Amati but made instruments in a very different style.

The viola has a highly-figured one piece back with ribs and scroll of similar wood. The front is two pieces of medium-grained spruce. The varnish is a rich reddish orange over a lighter golden ground.

The viola has a length of back of 16 and 5/8 inches, or 422 mm. This large size is typical of instruments modelled after the early Brescian makers.

How does it sound?

It´s not always the case, but here is a large viola with a huge sound to match! It has a beautiful baritone voice with excellent projection across the range. The viola is very resonant and speaks easily, making it a joy to play.


The viola is in mint condition and bears its original label.

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