Rivka Golani is recognized as one of the great violists and musicians of modern times. BBC Music Magazine included her in its list of the 200 most important instrumentalists and the five most important violists currently performing. Her contributions to the advancement of viola technique have already given her a place in the history of the instrument and have been a source of inspiration not only to other players but to many composers who have been motivated by her mastery: more than 215 works have been written for her, 50 of them concertos, a record matched by no other violist in history. Ms Golani’s awesome technique, riveting stage presence, and superbly sensitive musicianship have made her a favourite with music-lovers and critics alike. Allied to her technical ability, Rivka Golani’s approach to the instrument is at once passionate and sensitive; and her performances reveal the originality of interpretation and musicianship of a great artist, and her reputation as a teacher draws students from all over the world.