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International Viola Congress 2018

45th International Viola Congress

November 20-24th, 2018.

Dear Viola Friends everywhere,

After more than a year of intensive preparations, the Dutch Viola Society can proudly announce that REGISTRATION FOR PARTICIPANTS to IVC2018 in Rotterdam is now OPEN! Five wonderful days (Nov. 20th-24th) full of recitals, lectures, workshops, masterclasses, top-notch evening concerts and late-night viola stage: Rotterdam will be coloured VIOLA!


Go to the IVC2018 Registration Page. Make sure you read the full explanations about Participant Categories and Ticket Types, and the Benefits specific to different combinations hereof, so that you can make the choices that best suit you. And by all means, read the Terms and Conditions for Participation carefully! Your agreement to these terms are a prerequisite for Registration.

Be aware that Early Registration really pays off, as the ticket prices will increase bi-monthly from July 1st until November.


For those who visit from afar, we have assembled several options for accommodation – read all about it on this page on our website. In particular, we recommend the Hotel Room Kit with rooms at affordable rates in the neighbourhood of the Congress venues, specially reserved for IVC2018 visitors.


Every evening during IVC2018, special concerts are given by our Featured Artists at top-class concert venues. With some exceptions, tickets for these concerts are not included in the Congress Registration fee, so they must be bought separately. Tickets are very reasonably priced, ranging from €20-€25 for IVC participants and DVS friends, with special student rate €10!

Read about the concerts and the ordering options on this page.

Due to a high demand, we strongly urge you to order your evening concert tickets as soon as possible! Some of these concerts have been on restricted sale for some time already to season ticket holders, and are well on their way to sell-out.

We are extremely proud and excited to finally have all these practical offerings nailed down so we can extend them to you with a steady hand!
So we hope you will not hesitate, but jump right into this year’s big Rotterdam adventure!


Please pass this invitation on to all of your Viola friends! We really hope to see lots of people visiting IVC2018, it will be a unique meeting between the Dutch and the International Viola Communities!


… so what’s next? Well, if you have Registered as a Delegate, you can look forward to the sign-up opportunities for IVC2018 Workshops: Topics such as crossover techniques, resonance training, corporeal mime and improvisation skills will be offered, to mention but a few. The sign-up will be opened in September.

Additionally, if you are a Young Delegate, you may want to try out for a Masterclass spot with one of our Featured Artists, and several other guest teachers as well! Video auditions for masterclasses will open soon, closing on September 1st.

Registration is a prerequisite for both Workshops and Masterclass sign-up: Yet another good reason to REGISTER NOW!
Hoping very much to see your name(s) appear on the Registration list!

warm regards,
on behalf of the IVC2018 Organizing Committee –

Kristofer Skaug
Host, IVC2018 Rotterdam

International Viola Congress 2018, Rotterdam – http://ivcrotterdam2018.nl

The 44th IVC took place in September 1-5, 2017 Wellington, New Zealand 

Hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Viola Society

The NZSO was 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 were:

  • 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 hosted a Congress Banquet Dinner at Parliament.

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