Primrose International Viola Competition & Festival

The American Viola Society Primrose Festival
June 12–14, 2014

Registration is now open for the American Viola Society’s Primrose Festival, celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Primrose Competition. The festival will take place June 12–14, 2014, at the illustrious Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles, California. Held in conjunction with the 14th Primrose International Viola Competition (PIVC), the festival will offer a diverse array of presentations and workshops focused on viola repertoire, pedagogy, technique, entrepreneurship, and health and wellness. Recitals will present past winners of the Primrose Competition, established artists, and rising viola stars of tomorrow. Participants can also expect to visit with exhibitors from around the world.

The Festival coincides with the semifinal and final rounds of the Primrose International Viola Competition, and registration includes admission to the competition.

For more information on registration, lodging, and the daily schedule, please visit: http://primrosecompetition.org/.

The Primrose International Viola Competition
June 8–14, 2014

Thirty quarterfinalists representing the countries of Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States have been invited to compete for awards at the 14th Primrose International Viola Competition, one of the most renowned string instrument competitions in the world. All rounds are open to the public, and audiences can expect to hear a broad survey of the viola repertoire. And for those who cannot attend in person, the PIVC is proud to continue its technological tradition by providing live streaming video in high definition for all rounds.

The semifinal recital round includes the world premiere of Aldonza for viola and orchestral reduction by Puerto Rican composer Christian Colberg. The chamber music component consists of the first movement of Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio with Los Angeles Philharmonic clarinetist Michele Zukovsky. For the concerto round, all finalists will perform with chamber orchestra.

Opening ceremonies and the quarterfinalists’ drawing of lots are held Sunday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m. PDT. Competition performance rounds beginMonday, June 9 at 9:30 a.m. PDT. The 35th Anniversary Festival begins Thursday, June 12 at 12:00 p.m. PDT.

Rice University hosts the 2013-2014 AVS Studio Blog

Join us on September 23, when the studios of Ivo-Jan van der Werff and James Dunham from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University begin a new year of the A VS’s Studio Blog at: http://americanviolasociety.org/studio2/. Through daily posts, these students, teaching assistants, faculty, alumni, and guests will share their thoughts on technique, wellness, chamber music, and all things related to playing the viola. To submit questions for consideration, please write to the A VS Media Coordinator at usviolasociety@gmail.com.

Cecil Aronowitz Competition

The Aronowitz Viola Competition will be held at Birmingham Conservatoire on 24th – 26th October 2014.

We invite applications from violists from anywhere in the world who will be age 21 or under at the time of the competition.

The main rules are as follows:

  1. All competitors must be age 21 or under at the time of the competition
  2. All competitors must be members of the British Viola Society.
  3. Competitors of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

All finalists will be performing the Lachrymae with the Birmingham Conservatoire String Orchestra conducted by Alpesh Chuahan.  The final round will also be recorded for broadcast by Classic FM.

The MAIN PRIZE awarded to the winner of the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition is £2000 and other prizes include;

·        Britten-Pears Foundation Prize for the winning performance of Benjamin Britten’s Lachrymae – £400.

·        Sean Bishop Prize for the most outstanding performance of a sonata – £500

·        Neil Ertz and Noel Burke Prize for the winning performance of movements from Solo Bach £200 each, £400 in total.

·        Paul Ayres Prize for the most promising competitor 15 years and under (viola bow donated by Paul Ayres).

·        Kai Thomas Roth and Rod Ward Prize for the winner of the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition to travel and stay in Porto, Portugal and give a recital at the 42nd International Viola Congress held from 26-30 November 2014 -£500.

The competition will be held at Birmingham Conservatoire from the mid-afternoon of 24th October 2014 and will be finished by the early afternoon of 26th October 2014.

The competition will also feature a weekend of Recitals, Master classes, and Workshops open to the public.

The finalised Jury are as follows:

·         Louise Lansdown (Chair)

·         Nicola Aronowitz (UK)

·         Emile Cantor (Germany)

·         Thomas Riebl (Austria)

·         Adam Romer (Hungary)

·         Simon Rowland-Jones (UK)

·         Eric Rycroft (South Africa)

Please see website(s) for more details: