Primrose International Viola Competition

The 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition will be sponsored and hosted by the Colburn School in Los Angeles, June 10-16, 2018.  More information on repertoire requirements and procedures can be found at

The Primrose International Viola Competition has established itself as a showcase for young musicians who have achieved world class excellence. Founded in 1979, the Primrose Competition has established an impeccable track record of identifying the young talent of tomorrow.

Congratulations to the 2014 Primrose Competition winners! 1st prize: Zhanbo Zheng (China), center; 2nd prize: Manuel Vioque-Judd (France), left; 3rd prize: Cong Wu (China), right.


Zhanbo Zheng wins the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition

On the afternoon of June 14, 2014 at The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles, 17 year old Zhanbo Zheng and fellow finalists Cong Wu and Manuel Vioque-Judde appeared during the Fourteenth Primrose International Viola Competition final round. Over the course of the evening there were riveting performances of Britten’s Lachrymae and the Handel-Casadesus concerto, performed with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Heiichiro Ohyama. The audience eagerly awaited results, joined by viewers watching live online from around the world.  Read more.