If you are in the area and wish to go, click here for information on getting an overall pass to all events, or more specific passes for those events you wish to attend.
If you can't be there, no worries -- I'll be there! So check Violinist.com this week and next for updates on the competition as well as articles about the festival's master classes, concerts, lectures, workshops, seminars, performances and exhibits. If you wish to watch the Primrose competition, the rounds will be live-streamed on the Primrose competition's Facebook page (click here).
For the Primrose competition, 24 violists were selected from more than 150 entrants to compete in live rounds at the Colburn School's Zipper Hall. Quarter finals will take place Tuesday and Wednesday; with a semi-final round Thursday. Finals will take place Saturday, when contestants will play with cellist Lynn Harrell and pianist Jon Nakamatsu for a Chamber Music Round in the morning; then they will play with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for the Concerto Round in the evening, with the awards ceremony directly following. (Scroll down this page for specific times.) Jury members for 2018 include Lynn Harrell (Chairman), Roland Glassl, Kazuhide Isomura, Jon Nakamatsu, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Xidi Shen, Lars Anders Tomter. Prizes include a $15,000 First Prize; $10,000 Second Prize; $5,000 Third Prize; and $1,000 Transcriptions Prize.
The American Viola Society Festival will feature established and emerging violists in concerts, competitions, masterclasses, lectures, workshops, seminars, and exhibits, with some 80 festival presenters. Featured guest artists include Atar Arad, David Dalton, Roland Glassl, Kazuhide Isomura, Garth Knox, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Xidi Shen, and Lars Anders Tomter. Among the topics to be explored: research on new and lesser-known compositions; workshops and masterclasses on viola technique; a competitive AVS Orchestral Audition Seminar; the AVS Youth Solo Competition and Youth Ensemble Invitational; Premiere of a viola ensemble work by Garth Knox, commissioned especially for the festival by the American Viola Society; and vendor exhibits with instruments, accessories, scores, and more. Click here for a full schedule of events.
I'm looking forward to a week of viola immersion -- watch for a lot of viola stories on Violinist.com, this week and next!
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For those who are curious about William Primrose (1904-1982), the violist for whom this competition is named: he was a Scottish violist and teacher who studied violin with Eugène Ysaÿe and switched to viola. He played viola in the London String Quartet and in the NBC Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini. His Primrose Quartet included Oscar Shumsky (later Joseph Fuchs), Josef Gingold and Harvey Shapiro; and he also collaborated with Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky. The Primrose International Viola Competition is a triennial event sponsored by the American Viola Society. It was created in 1979.
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