Archive for the ‘2014’ Category

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is looking for a viola player for their upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at their new theater in downtown Baltimore. This is a contracted gig, and pay is $1,000. Need to be available for several rehearsals in early September, and for the run which is Thursday and Friday evenings (7:00pm-10:30pm), and 2 shows on Saturdays and Sundays (matinees 1:00pm-4:30pm, Saturdays7:00pm-10:30pm, Sundays 6:00pm-9:30pm), from 9/25 – 10/12. (We’re blocks from the Inner Harbor, so busking opportunities available between shows!) Please e-mail scott@scottfarquhar.com or kilpatrick@chesapeakeshakespeare.com for additional information.

Cape Symphony Auditions

The Cape Symphony currently has openings for Section Viola and Principal Viola. Auditions will take place Sunday, September 21, 2014 in Hyannis, Massachusetts. For more details, please visit http://www.capesymphony.org/cape-symphony-orchestra-employment.asp.


The Cape Symphony is one of the fastest growing and larger budgeted orchestras in the Northeast region.

Zhanbo Zheng wins the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition

On the afternoon of June 14, 2014 at The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles, 17 year old Zhanbo Zheng and fellow finalists Cong Wu and Manuel Vioque-Judde appeared during the Fourteenth Primrose International Viola Competition final round. Over the course of the evening there were riveting performances of Britten’s Lachrymae and the Handel-Casadesus concerto, performed with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Heiichiro Ohyama. The audience eagerly awaited results, joined by viewers watching live online from around the world.

Zhanbo Zheng, a student of Professor Wang Shaowu at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, joyfully accepted his award from competition director and former winner Nokuthula Ngwenyama. First prize includes $5,000 USD, a gift of Elizabeth, Sarah, and Peter Mandell and the Mandell Collection of Southern California; a gold-mounted Arcos Brasil bow; and select concert appearances in the United States and Europe.

Second prize of $3,000 and an Arcos Brasil bow went to 23 year old Manuel Vioque-Judde of France. Third prize of $1,000 and an Arcos Brasil bow went to 27 year old Cong Wu, of China who also won The Mozart Prize for best performance of the required chamber work. The prize for best performance of the commissioned work Aldonza by Christian Colberg, which received its world premiere during the competition, was won by Matthew Cohen of the United States. The Bach Prize, supported by Linnet Press Editions, was awarded to Kei Tojo of Japan. The Primrose Prize for outstanding performance of a Primrose transcription was awarded to Kendra James of Canada. The Sonata Prize for outstanding performance of a sonata was awarded to second prize winner Manuel Vioque-Judde of France. The prize for best performance of a 20th century concerto was awarded to Yifei Deng of China. Olivia Palazzolo of the United States received The Tone Award. Born Lau of Hong Kong and Kei Tojo of Japan were awarded honorable mentions.

The international jury included Cathy Basrak of the United States, Martin Beaver of Canada, Claudine Bigelow and Caroline Coade of the United States, Wing Ho of China, Luis Magin of Spain, Massimo Paris of Italy, Cassandra Lynn Richburg of the United States, and Pierre-Henri Xuereb of France. Leading up to the finals was a week of intense competition for 27 quarterfinalists representing 13 countries. Anonymous scoring, supported by the Kyogen Content Management System (CMS) written by Innova programmer Daniel Rodriguez, was used a second time at an international competition and enabled live results.

Quarterfinal Rounds were held June 9th and 10th, during which competitors were required to perform the first movement of their 20th century concerto, selections by Bach and a Primrose transcription. Upon completion of those rounds the top eight competitors passed on to the semi-final round. During the semifinals competitors were required to perform Christian Colberg’s Aldonza, a second Primrose transcription, a sonata, the first movement of the Mozart ‘Kegelstatt’ Trio with Los Angeles Philharmonic principal clarinetist Michele Zukovsky and pianist Sandra Rivers, and another selection by Bach. From this round, the jury chose the three finalists. The quarter and semi final rounds were open to the public and broadcast in high definition live over the internet while the final round with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra was recorded for delayed broadcast. Some 18,000 unique visitors from 67 countries on six continents viewed the competition online during the week.

The triennial Primrose International Viola Competition aims to recognize and showcase young musicians who have achieved world class excellence through intensive hard work and unusual talent. Founded in 1979 as the first international competition solely for violists, William Primrose served as chair of the jury for its inaugural year. The American Viola Society, through an endowment established by memorial contributions made by friends, colleagues, artists, and admirers of the great virtuoso, has sponsored the competition since 1986. Over the last 36 years it has established an impeccable track record for identifying talents of tomorrow and is respected for its integrity. Past-winners are currently engaged in the highest levels of professional artistic careers.

Proposed Bylaws Updates

June 24, 2014

The AVS Board recommends revisions (additions/changes in bold or strikethroughs) to the AVS Bylaws. Following review by the membership both electronically and at the AVS national membership meeting held on June 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, two minor additions were suggested and have been recommended for addition by the AVS Board.

2014 Proposed Bylaws Updates

American Viola Society Awards Announcement

Primrose International Viola Competition and Festival

Presiding over the ceremony at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, June 14, 2014, AVS President Nokuthula Ngwenyama, announced the recipients of the following awards:

  • Career Achievement Award (Samuel Rhodes)
    in recognition of distinguished performance as violist of the Juilliard String Quartet (1969-2013).
  • Career Achievement Award (Kazuhide Isomura)
    in recognition of distinguished performance as violist of the Tokyo String Quartet (1969-2013).
  • Founders Award (David M. Bynog)
    in recognition of distinguished contributions to the AVS and the viola, for excellence as editor of the Journal of the American Viola Society, 2008-2014, and for his advocacy and leadership.
  • Maurice W. Riley Award (Lynne Ramsey)
    in recognition of distinguished performance as First Assistant Principal Viola of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1989 and for her distinguished teaching at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Aspen Music Festival.
  • Honorary Membership (Nobuko Imai)
    in recognition of extraordinary performance and recording as viola soloist and chamber musician, and for her distinguished teaching.
  • Honorary Membership (Tabea Zimmermann)
    in recognition of extraordinary performance and recording as viola soloist and chamber musician, and for her distinguished teaching.
  • Dwight Pounds Service Award (Dr. Dwight Pounds)
    in recognition of many years of dedicated service to the AVS as violist, historian, author, photographer, mentor and advocate.
  • Past President Plaque (Nokuthula Ngwenyama) in recognition of her dedication to and leadership of our organization 2011-2014. Presented by Dr. Kathryn Steely, President-Elect
  • Dr. David Dalton, recipient of the Gold Alto Clef awarded at the 41st International Viola Congress in Krakow, Poland in 2013, was honored and recognized at the AVS ceremony by Dr. Dwight Pounds.

Primrose Competition Winners

Congratulations to the Primrose Competition winners! Visit primrosecompetition.org for more information on additional prizes.

1st prize: Zhanbo Zheng (China)
2nd prize: Manuel Vioque-Judd (France)
3rd prize: Cong Wu (China)

2014 PIVC Finalists

Congratulations to 2014 PIVC finalists Manuel Vioque-Judde, Zhambo Zheng and Cong Wu! More at primrosecompetition.org.

PIVC Photos

Check out these photos from the PIVC competition!

2014 Primrose Semifinalists

Photo taken by Violinist.com

2014 Primrose Quarterfinalists

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Pro Arte Quartet Members Detained for Ivory

Check out this excerpt from Musical America about AVS Board Members Sally Chisholm:

Violist Sally Chisholm and cellist Parry Karp of the Pro Arte Quartet, both of whose bows have ivory tips, were detained in the Brussels airport for several hours, despite the fact that they were carrying instrument passports. But customs officials claimed they were not legitimate documents and wouldn’t allow them into the country.

It took a call from the American Embassy to Belgian politicos to straighten things out.

More at Musical America.

PIVC Live-Streaming

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