2018 Primrose International Viola Competition

The Colburn School and the American Viola Society are proud to present the 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition from June 10 through 16, 2018. The Competition is open to violists of all nationalities born after January 1, 1989, and who are ready to embark on an international solo career. All participants must be current members in good standing of the American Viola Society.   Click here if you are not a current member.

All live rounds will take place in Los Angeles, California. The quarter-final and semi-final rounds will be held at the Colburn School; the location of the final round will be announced by August 2017.

All live rounds will be open to the public and will be preceded by a confidential, pre-screening round based on the viewing of audition videos submitted by candidates.

SCHEDULE
PRE-SCREENING/VIDEO ROUND
Online applications open in August 2017 and are due by December 4, 2017; application fee will be $150 US dollars (non-refundable)

ANNOUNCEMENT OF LIVE ROUND PARTICIPANTS
January 29, 2018

DEADLINE FOR LIVE ROUND PARTICIPANTS TO SUBMIT REPERTOIRE
March 1, 2018

ARRIVAL OF LIVE ROUND PARTICIPANTS
June 9, 2018

DRAWING OF LOTS
June 10, 2018

QUARTER-FINAL ROUNDS
June 12 & 13, 2018

SEMI-FINAL ROUND
June 14, 2018

FINAL ROUND
June 16, 2018

PRIZES

1st Prize

$15,000

2nd Prize

$10,000

3rd Prize

$5,000

AVS Transcriptions Prize

$1,000

Additional prizes to be determined.

REPERTOIRE

GUIDELINES

Works with and without piano accompaniment are permitted in all rounds, unless otherwise specified. Competitors must perform a different selection of works in each round (including the pre-screening round). All concertos and works for solo viola must be performed by memory. The program performance order in the pre-screening, quarter-final, and semi-final round is at the discretion of the competitor. The number of competitors noted below are subject to change; the jury will have the discretion to decide on the final number of competitors for each round. All prizes will be awarded, and the decisions of the jury will be final.

PRE-SCREENING/VIDEO ROUND (maximum time limit of total performance: 20 minutes)
Competitors will perform works that fulfill all of the following criteria, and each work shall be uploaded separately:
1.) first movement of the Stamitz Viola Concerto in D Major, Op. 1 or Hoffmeister Viola Concerto in D Major, including a cadenza of your choice, and 
2.) one movement of a Bach Cello Suite, or a Bach Violin Sonata or Partita transcribed for viola, and
3.) a work that demonstrates the virtuosic strengths of the participant

LIVE ROUNDS
QUARTER-FINAL ROUND (minimum length of performance – 20 minutes; maximum length of performance – 25 minutes)
The 24 competitors in this round will perform works that fulfill both of the following criteria:
1.) a work that demonstrates the musical strengths of the participant (examples include, but are not limited to, a work by Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Shostakovich, Clarke,  Hindemith, and Enescu–due to the time constraint, participants may perform a single movement of their choice), and
2.) a work that demonstrates the virtuosic strengths of the participant (examples include, but are not limited to, a Hindemith or Reger solo sonata, Paganini Sonata per La Grand Viola, Weber Andante e rondo ungarese, Penderecki Cadenza, Paganini Caprice, and/or any works comparable to those previously listed)

SEMI-FINAL RECITAL ROUND (maximum length of performance – 50 minutes)
The 8 competitors who advance to the semi-final round will have the freedom to choose their repertoire, excluding concerto repertoire. The competitors will also have the option to perform his/her own transcription OR a Primrose transcription of a work not originally for viola. A special “AVS Transcriptions Prize” will be awarded for the best performance in this round. Some Primrose transcriptions are listed below for reference.

FINAL ROUND
Each of the 3 competitors in this round will perform, in its entirety, the following repertoire in 2 phases:
1.) Brahms Trio in A Minor, Op. 114 (cellist and pianist to be determined), and
2.) Bartók/Serly Viola Concerto, or Walton Viola Concerto with orchestra (orchestra to be determined)
The specific guidelines and online application for the 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition will be available in August 2017.

PRIMROSE TRANSCRIPTIONS

Alexander Borodin
String Quartet No. 2 in D Major
III. Nocturne

Franz Schubert
Litanei auf das Fest aller Seelen, D. 343

Ludwig van Beethoven
Notturno in D Major
I. Marcia – Allegro 
II. Adagio
IIII. Allegretto alla polacca

Richard Wagner
Wesendonck Lieder
V. Traume

Jascha Heifetz/Julian Aguirre
Huella, Op. 49

Edgar Daniel del Valle
Prelude No. 15, “Ao pe da fogueira”

Nicolo Paganini
Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 7
III. Rondo, “La campanella”

Heitor Villa-Lobos
Bachianas brasileiras No. 5
I. Aria: Cantilena

Georges Bizet
L’arlesienne Suite No. 1
III. Adagietto

Efrem Zimbalist Sr.
Sarasteana
I.  Tango: Allegro moderato
II.  Polo: Allegro moderato
III.  Malaguena: Amabile
IV:   Zapataedo: Allegro moderato

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky
6 Romances, Op. 6
VI.  None but the lonely heart

Johannes Brahms
Lieder, Op. 105 
I.  Wie Melodien zeiht es mir

* All information posted above is correct at the time of publication but subject to change at any time.

 

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