Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition 2017
18-24 November 2017
The Competition is open to violists from anywhere in the world who will be age 21 or under at the time of the competition.
ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED
The deadline for applications for the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition is now past, and applicants from around the world will be notified in May as to whether they will proceed to the live rounds held in Birmingham from 18-24 November 2017.
A total of 69 applications were received from 20 countries.
Winner will be awarded the Cecil Aronowitz Prize of £5000 and several high profile recitals as part of Birmingham Conservatoire’s Concert Series.
Birmingham City University, Birmingham Conservatoire – £5000;
Champs Hill Records Prize Recording contract;
CBSO Prize - to be confirmed.
3rd Prize – Gwyn Williams Charitable Trust Prize – £1000
Other prizes include:
Paul Ayres Prize – For the most promising competitor under the age of 15: A viola bow
Bishop Instruments and Bows Ltd Prize – For the most outstanding performance of a sonata in Round 3: A viola bow
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
1. All competitors must be age 21 or under at the time of the competition
2. All competitors must be members of the British Viola Society. Link to join here: http://www.britishviolasociety.co.uk/support/join/
3. Competitors of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must submit:
1. Application form and audiovisual recording must be submitted and uploaded online by 31 March 2017.
2. Application by post will be accepted. Please send to Dr Louise Lansdown, Head of Strings, Birmingham Conservatoire, Paradise Place, Fletchers Walk, Birmingham, B3 3HG
3. Uploaded or posted with the application must be the following:
a) Proof of date of birth
b) Proof of Membership of the British Viola Society .
4. A non-refundable application fee of £60. Please note that applications will not be processed without payment.
5. Applicants will be informed whether or not they have advanced to Round 2 no later than 1 May 2017. All applicants are invited to attend the competition, free of charge regardless of the outcome of audition. Rounds 2,3 and four will be held on 18 – 24 November 2017 at Birmingham Conservatoire
PROCEDURES FOR COMPETITION
1. The repertory information for Round 2 and 3 for participants that successfully advance beyond the DVD round must be submitted to Eileen Smith (email@example.com) by 1 September 2017.
All competitors that advance from the DVD round will play in both Rounds 2 and 3.
2. The order of appearance by the participants will be decided upon arrival. This order will remain unaltered throughout Round 2 and 3 of the Competition. Subject to repertoire choices this order might change in Round 4 (Final Round).
3. The Competition held in Birmingham will consist of three Rounds that will take place live in Birmingham, of which all will be open to the public. Round 4 is the Final Round.
1. There will be six jury members.
2. Any juror having a teaching or professional relationship with a participant must declare such relationship and will abstain from voting on the participant’s performances. No juror shall have a family relationship with a participant.
3. The jury will award all prizes
ROUND 1 (DVD)
- One movement of solo Bach from one of the Cello Suites, Violin Partitas or Sonatas
- Two movements from any major sonata, with piano composed after 1850 (with the exception of Schubert’s ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata).
- Any contrasting work of your own choice.
All works must be recorded with no audio or visual editing. Each required piece should be on a single track and the order and length must be included. The recording must have been produced within 12 months prior to submission. Where appropriate, works must be presented with piano. DVD should be between 15-20 minutes in length.
- Two movements of solo Bach from one of the Cello Suites, Violin Partitas or Sonatas. One of these movements may be the same as Round 1, and both movements must come from the same work
- First movement of Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Cadenza. Barenreiter Edition.
- Kreisler Liebesleid or Rondino arranged by Cecil Aronowitz.
1. A complete major sonata with piano, piano composed after 1850 (with the exception of Schubert’s ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata).
The competition will be held at Birmingham Conservatoire from mid-afternoon of 18 November and will be finished on the evening of 24 November. The competition will also feature a weekend of Recitals, Master Classes and Workshops open to the public. Programme and details to be confirmed in early 2017.
Florian Leonhard (Germany/UK)
Robin Ireland (UK)
Ettore Causa (Italy/USA)
Nicola Aronowitz (UK)
Thomas Riebl (Austria)
Bruno Giuranna (Italy)
Birmingham Conservatoire is enormously grateful to all the funders and supporters of the 2017 Cecil Aronowitz International Competition, in particular;
Arts Council England
The Rowlands Trust
About the Competition
Launched in 2014 by the British Viola Society and Birmingham Conservatoire, the Competition was dedicated to Cecil Aronowitz, the South African violist and long-term collaborator with Benjamin Britten.
The three-day event in 2014 was open to players under the age of 21 and saw 13 semi-finalists competing from countries including Switzerland, South Korea, Lithuania, China and Germany.
Alongside the Competition ran viola events throughout the weekend: including Viola Workshops with Ross Cohen, Masterclasses with Roger Chase; Recitals from the Jury members and displays from expert Luthiers.
RESULTS from 2014
The four violists selected to play in the final were Tomohiro Arita from Japan, Silas Zschocke from Germany, Timothy Ridout from the UK and Violaine Despeyroux from France.
The 2014 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition was won by 19-year-old Timothy Ridout, a student at London’s Royal Academy of Music. The British violist received:
- the £2,000 first prize;
- the Britten-Pears Award of £400 for his performance of Britten’s Lachrymae, and
- the Bishop Instruments Award for his performance of Hindemith’s Viola Sonata op.11 no.4.
He also received two concerto performances in 2015 with the Orchestra of the Swan, as well as a November 2014 recital at the International Viola Congress in Portugal.
The Neil Ertz and Noel Burke Prize for the winning performance of solo Bach went to Violaine Despeyroux from France.
Shishi Gong from China was awarded the Ayres Violin Award for the most promising competitors aged 15 years and under.
The Shortlisted Semi-Finalists were:
Sophie de Bardonneche
Alberto Coronado Daza
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