The Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition: Workshop with Ross Cohen of the Absolute Zero Viola Quartet
The Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition
Recital Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
Join one of the members of the Absolute Zero Viola Quartet, Ross Cohen, in this open workshop. Cohen states that he took up the viola at age eight because he felt sorry for the instrument with its peculiar alto clef. Whatever his reasons, he later went on to study at the Royal College of Music, and has since performed with the Hallé Orchestra, The BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Timetable for the day
15:30 - 16:15 Viola orchestra. The participants will need to be at least grade 5. This is a formal rehearsal.
16:15 - 16:45 Workshop - part one. Improvisation with sheets. This is suitable for players of any ability.
16:45 - 17:00 Break
17:00 - 17:40 Workshop - part two. Improvisation without sheets. ANY instrument welcome.
17:40 - 18:00 Performance. Each small ensemble will have a chance to perform their music to the others (or anyone else who'd care to be there).
Violists from around the world have been invited to enter the first Cecil Aronowitz Viola Competition. Organised by Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University and the British Viola Society, the winner will be awarded £2,000 along with several high profile recitals as part of Birmingham Conservatoire’s Concert Series.
Dedicated to Cecil Aronowitz, 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. All are welcome to join us to watch the competitions and a mini-festival of other events.
Forthcoming events in The Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition
Forthcoming dates will be announced soon.