Shortlisted Semi-Finalists Viola Competition Announced


The 14 semi-finalists for our upcoming Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition have been announced.

Taking place 24-26 October 2014 at Birmingham Conservatoire, the competition attracted a flood of entries from all over the world.

Incredible Viola Talent

“The standard of DVDs we received was astounding, but unfortunately there were limited places available in the semi-final round,” says Birmingham Conservatoire’s Head of Strings Dr Louise Lansdown.

“We’d like to thank everyone who entered for their interest in this new and exciting competition. It has reassured all of us of the incredible viola talent across the world.“

The Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition was jointly organised by Birmingham Conservatoire and the British Viola Society, and named after the late, great South African-born violist Cecil Aronowitz.

Shortlisted Semi-Finalists

  • Sophie de Bardonneche
  • Mathis Rochat
  • Tomohiro Arita
  • Yujia Liu
  • Shishi Gong
  • Yinqi Qiu
  • Silas Zschocke
  • Timothy Ridout
  • Jungmin Lim
  • Alberto Coronado Daza
  • Violaine Despeyroux
  • Zhenwei Shi
  • Monica Jensen
  • Silvia Ciuladyte

The Orchestra of the Swan Concerto Prize will be awarded to the winner of the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition. Also included are performances in the Stratford ArtsHouse and the Birmingham Town Hall. A £500 fee and repertoire are to be mutually agreed.

If you’d like to reserve a seat at the Semi-Final round, you can do so using the form below:

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