Primrose Viola Competition,

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Albuquerque, NM - The Primrose International Viola Competition (PIVC) and Festival takes place May 30 – June 5, 2011 in the Recital Hall of Robertson & Sons Violins and at the University of New Mexico.

One of the most renowned string instrument competitions in the world, the PIVC features the world’s best young violists up to age 29. The 13th Competition received a record number of entries this year - up nineteen percent from 2008. Thirty invited quarterfinalists represent the countries of Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. The 2011 Competition awards over $30,000 USD in cash and prizes, including a viola by Spanish master luthier Jardón Rico and select engagements in the United States and Europe. The Competition offers the Albuquerque area one week of exceptional international competition, exquisite music and an exhilarating finish. All rounds are open to the public, and audiences can expect to hear a broad survey of the viola repertoire.

Featured as this year’s “Fact to Watch” by the Los Angeles Times, 1993 Competition First Place winner Nokuthula Ngwenyama serves as current director of the Primrose International Viola Competition. Returning to the Competition as jurors are past laureates Karin Brown (Third Place, 1997) and Kirsten Docter (First Place, 1991) of the United States and Che-Yen Chen (First Place, 2003) of Taiwan. Wing Ho of China, Luis Magín of Spain, Yizhak Schotten of Israel, Barbara Westphal of Germany, and Juliet White-Smith of the United States join the Competition as jurors for the first time.

The Semi-Final recital round includes the world premiere of Inner Voices for solo viola by American composer Peter Askim in addition to a first ever chamber music component. For the classical concerto round the New Mexico Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Gabriel Gordon joins the finalists. The PIVC is proud to continue its trailblazing online tradition by providing live streaming video for all its rounds.

There are many educational symposiums open to the public as part of the Primrose Festival, concurrently held May 31 through June 5, 2011. The Festival serves to capture the non-competitive and educational aspects of the week. Participants can expect to attend a wide range of lectures, solo and chamber music masterclasses, and recitals. Opportunities are made available to perform before audiences, to measure one’s musical progress against the standards of an international jury and the artistry of other talented players, and to enjoy career seminars.

Founded in 1979 as the first international competition solely for violists, William Primrose served as chair of the jury for its inaugural year. The American Viola Society (AVS), through an endowment established by memorial contributions made by friends, colleagues, artists, and admirers, has sponsored the competition since 1986. The Competition continues to function as an inspiration to young artists. Over the last thirty-two years it has continued to attract the most distinguished jurors and most talented applicants worldwide. The Competition has an international reputation for identifying the talent of tomorrow and is respected for its artistic and professional integrity. Its laureates occupy principle seats of major symphony orchestras, act as professors in major centers of higher education, and have achieved success as international soloists.

Opening ceremonies and the competitors’ drawing of lots are held Monday, May 30 at 5 PM. Competition performance rounds begin Tuesday, May 31 at 9:30 AM.

For our complete schedule and more information contact the Competition by e-mail at info@avsnationaloffice or visit our website at

Dernière modification : 03/05/2011

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