The viola is often mistaken for a violin. Typically though, the viola is a larger instrument. It is tuned a 5th lower than the violin, and an octave up from the cello. The viola’s tone is darker than both the violin and the cello, and adds rich texture to any piece it is a part of.
The viola is often the neglected member of the string family, but its dark tones can often be heard playing crucial countermelodies in orchestral and ensemble repertoire. If its tone were described as a colour, it would be a deep, rich and majestic purple. As a flavour, it is a decadent dark chocolate.
Violists are often team players; working to support the ensembles they are part of. Many modern composers are actively working to expand the solo viola repertoire.