Cecil Aronowitz Viola Competition
The Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition
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Violists everywhere are invited to enter the second Cecil Aronowitz Viola Competition, taking place between 18 to 24 November 2017 in the new Birmingham Conservatoire building.
Organised by Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University and the British Viola Society, the winner will be awarded £5,000 along with a recording contract and a prize in collaboration with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Dedicated to Cecil Aronowitz (pictured), the South African violist and long-term collaborator with Benjamin Britten, the competition is open to applications from violists from anywhere in the world, at the age of 21 or under at the time of the competition.
Full Programme of the competition
Saturday 18 November: Registration and Evening Recital – Thomas Riebl (viola).
Sunday 19 November: Day 1 of Round 2, Daytime Master Classes with Martin Outram, Daytime Workshop – Absolute Zero Viola Quartet workshops and events for viola players of all ages and abilities and Evening Recital – Timothy Ridout (viola).
Monday 20 November: Day 2 of Round 2, Master Classes with Roger Chase and Timothy Ridout, Absolute Zero Viola Quartet workshops in Birmingham Schools and Evening Recital – Robin Ireland (viola).
Tuesday 21 November: Day 1 of Round 3, Daytime Master Classes with Gary Pomeroy, Absolute Zero Viola Quartet workshops in Birmingham Schools and Evening Recital – Birmingham Conservatoire Viola Students.
Wednesday 22 November: Day 2 of Round 3 (finalists announced at the end), Daytime Master Classes with Matthew Jones. Workshops in Birmingham Schools and Birmingham Conservatoire from Lucy Nolan (Eblana String Trio) and Gary Pomeroy (Heath String Quartet), Evening Recital – Ettore Causa (viola).
Thursday 23 November: Daytime Master Classes with Ettore Causa, Bruno Giuranna, and Thomas Riebl. Talks with Nicola Aronowitz and Bruno Giuranna. Workshops in Birmingham Schools and Birmingham Conservatoire from Lucy Nolan (Eblana String Trio) and Gary Pomeroy (Heath String Quartet). Evening Recital – Violists from across the U.K. Specialist Music Schools and Junior Conservatoires.
Friday 24 November: Final Round (evening), Lunchtime Recital – Juliette Kowalski (RNCM Winner of Cecil Aronowitz Prize), Florian Leonhard Talk, Robin Ireland Daytime Masterclasses and Round 4 (final) at 7pm.
1st Prize: The overall winner will be awarded
- A prize of £5,000
- Champs Hill Records Prize Recording contract
- City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra prize
- Lionel Tertis Prize - £3,000
- Gwyn Williams Trust Fund Prize - £1,000
Other Prizes include:
- Paul Ayres Prize: For the most promising competitor 15 years and under - a viola bow donated by Paul Ayres.
- Bishop Instruments and Bows Ltd Prize – For the most outstanding performance of a sonata in Round 3: A silver mounted viola bow by Pierre Guillaume worth £5000.
- Fuller Music Prize: For the best performance of Kreisler pieces in Round 2 - £250.
- Noel Burke and Neil Ertz Memorial Prize: For the best performance of Bach in round 2 - £400.
- All competitors must be age 21 or under at the time of the competition.
- All competitors must be members of the British Viola Society. You can join here.
- Competitors of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
Forthcoming events in The Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition
Forthcoming dates will be announced soon.