I don't hide my dislike for the viola. I've never really been a fan of it, and I've become less and less of a fan of it ever since high school, when the violist I liked turned out to be gay, and then in college I was chasing a violist around in the music library and broke my right hand, and then...oh, I'll spare you further viola drama.
I can't really fault anyone for playing the viola back in their childhood, when they are now famous on another instrument. Yet I found my face falling slightly upon finding out that Jeremy Denk used to play the viola. (it's around the 4 minute mark) I don't mean to be dramatic, but for a second, I was disappointed in him. Why the viola? Why not the violin, a far superior instrument? Did he have bad taste growing up? Did his mom and dad force him to play that thing? Or maybe there were too many violinists in orchestra. I was hoping to hear anything but viola, but alas. I would have been happy to hear he played the kazoo, or almost as bad as the viola, the flute!
But, thank goodness, now he just plays the piano. (stunningly well, I might add).