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International Viola Congress 2017

44th International Viola Congress

September 1-5, 2017 Wellington, New Zealand 
Hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Viola Society

The 2017 IVC will be incredibly exciting with many distinguished violists from 16 different countries represented.

The NZSO are booked for  September 4 to give a once-in-a-lifetime concert featuring four viola concertos (two world premieres) and Brett Dean’s Testament for 12 violas.
The soloists are:
  • Anna Serova (Russia-Italy) playing Pigovat’s “Poem of Dawn” and Robert Molinelli’s “Lady Walton’s Garden” (world premiere)
  • Roger Myers (Austin, Texas) playing Schumann’s “Marchenbilder” (live world premiere – recently recorded with the LSO)
  • Roger Benedict (Sydney, Australia) performing Walton’s Viola Concerto
  • On September 5 the Attorney General, Chris Finlayson will host a Congress Banquet Dinner at Parliament.
Even if you can’t personally attend the congress it is hoped to live stream the highlights worldwide so you will not miss out.
The 44th International Viola Congress is delighted to offer internship opportunities to currently enrolled music students at either the undergraduate or postgraduate level. Congress Interns will act as Ambassadors for their respective university, perform a wide range of administrative tasks during the Congress, and will be asked to assist the Congress Manager in 5 events throughout the Congress. Previous experience in administrative assistance, venue or event management, or stage management is preferred but not required. All successful applicants will be offered free Congress registration.

Please note: ANY currently enrolled university students are eligible to apply. Being a violist is not a requirement.

In order to be considered for a Congress Internship, please submit the form before March 1, 2017. The IVC Congress Internship Application form can be accessed here.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Congress Manager, Elyse Dalabakis, at IVCWgtn2017@gmail.com.


The 43rd International Viola Congress was held from 4-8 October 2016 in Cremona, hosted  by the Italian Viola Society.

Dr Louise Lansdown, BVS President reports:
The British Viola Society had the largest representation of delegates after Italy, with sixteen staff and students from Birmingham Conservatoire present. The BVS delegates focal project was a one-hour performance including Campagnoli Caprices 1-17, all performed by Birmingham Conservatoire students. The BVS members also participated in master classes with Michael Kugel, Alfonso Ghedin and Ettore Causa, as well as performing three different recital programmes in the street concerts – Stradivari School of Violin Making, Piazza del Commune and Piazza Pace.

The Congress overlapped with Cremona Mondomusica, the Stradivari Festival, as well as a specialist study day surrounding the contentious and celebrated violin made by Antonio Stradavari, “The Messiah” (1716). The violin is on temporary loan to the city of Cremona from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.


The 42nd International Viola Congress took place in November 26-30, 2014, hosted by Jorge Alves and the Portuguese Viola Society.

The theme of the congress was “Performing for the Future of Music” .

The five-day festival was packed full of activities, recitals, master classes and lectures given by musicians from all over the globe .

A team of BVS Violists, made up of staff and students from Birmingham Conservatoire,  presented a concert featuring six works for viola/viola ensemble by British composers, including three works commissioned especially for the congress (by Simon Rowland-Jones, Leon Haxby and Robin Ireland). The programme was as follows:

a work for Solo Viola              Sally Beamish: Ariel

a work for two violas               George Benjamin: Viola,Viola

a work for three violas            Simon Rowland Jones: Strange Shadows

a work for four violas              York Bowen: Fantasia for Four Violas

a work for five violas              Leon Haxby: Variations on a Theme by Edward Elgar

a work for six violas                  Robin Ireland: The Deviant Jig.


Please read a full report from the BVS  HERE


The Polish Viola Society  hosted the 41st International Viola Congress 2013 at the Academy of Music Cracow, Poland  from 11–15th September, in cooperation with the International Viola Society.

A report of IVC 2013 is available in the International Viola Society’s  Journal   – December 2013