49th International Viola Congress July 17-21st, 2024

The Portuguese Viola Society is happy to announce a call for proposals to all International Viola Society branches for the 47th International Viola Congress.

49th IVC in Brazil at Unicamp, Campinas/S

ABRAV, the Brazilian Viola Society, is very happy and honored to host the 49th IVS Congress in 2024!

It will be the first time that this important event will take place in South America, hosted at Unicamp, Campinas/S

The theme of the Congress is: “Celebrating the fusion of cultures – a world of music for viola”

The Congress has invited a small number of individuals to present performances and masterclasses; all other events will be programmed exclusively by selection through this proposal process .  Details are on the Congress website:


The International Viola Society is offering a new scholarship to a young professional violist and / or teacher to assist them in the costs of participating in the International Viola Congress.

The aim of the scholarship is to

* continue to develop the talent and musicianship of young violists from all over the world

* promote new research

* promote unknown or less known viola music of different cultures and styles.

Priority is given to young violists (up to the age of 30) who have not yet participated in previous International Viola Congresses.

The closing date has been extended to 30 April 2024

For more information follow this link: IVS Congress Scholarship

Please share this opportunity with anyone who may be interested!



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Where in the UK do you live...? Scotland, North East, London etc.


What month is your Birthday?


Do you have any brothers and/or sisters?

I have one brother

Do you have any pets?

I have two guinea pigs

What is your first name?


If you were given a free 1st class ticket to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?


We know you are awesome because you play the viola! What achievement are you most proud of?

I swam 3000 metres, which is equivalent to 120 lengths!

How did you end up choosing to play the viola?

I had a choice of violin, viola, cello and double bass. My brother plays cello so I wanted to be different, and then out of the other three viola was my favourite!

What do you carry in your viola case?

Viola, bow, shoulder rest, pencil (if I remember!), rubber, rosin, cleaning cloth, spare strings.

What is your favorite genre of music?


If you chose to play another instrument, what would you play?


Do you have a favourite....? You don't have to answer them all, this isn't an exam!




Lasagne, sausage rolls or pizza!

Song/Piece of music...    

The Firebird Suite - Stravinsky


Katy Perry



Key Signature...

A flat Major

Best time to practice?

Before School


After School


How much do you LOVE the viola?

What is your favourite way to make music?



Chamber group




With piano


String ensemble


Pop group


Folk group


Jazz group


Do you have a specific practice time?


How much do you LOVE....?









Double Stopping


Treble Clef


Alto Clef




Do you have a favourite Superhero?

This doesn’t really count but I think of Hermione Granger as a superhero!

Is there anything else you'd like to share that we haven't thought to ask?

I love Young Violas!