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Saturday, November 24 • 10:30 - 11:00
4Viola Composition Contest Presentation

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The repertoire for viola ensembles has always been a special field of interest within the Dutch Viola Society. The DVS Catalog for Viola Ensemble Music, available online, already lists nearly 700 works for 2-N violas (this was presented at the 44th IVC in Wellington, 2017).

In the context of IVC2018, a composition contest has been arranged, open to amateurs, (music) students and professionals alike. The challenge was to write new short pieces (max. 7 minutes’ length) for a quartet of four violas. Much to our surprise, at the closing date on October 15th, we had received more than 80 compositions from 27 different countries! So the jury, consisting of Leo Samama (chairman), Jeppe Moulijn and Mikhail Zemtsov, has a formidable task.

The winning composition in the student/professional category will receive a €500 prize.

Furthermore, the renowned Zemtsov Viola Quartet from The Hague, a unique family ensemble of violas, and anyway one of the rare “fixed formation” viola quartets in the world, will perform the two winning compositions during the award announcement ceremony on Saturday  November 24th.

Speakers
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Jeppe Moulijn

Composer
The work of Jeppe Moulijn can be described as expressive, rich in instrumental color, detailed and accessible without deliberately aiming at it. In many of his works the human voice and poetry play an important role. Sometimes his work touches on current events in, for example... Read More →
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Leo Samama

Composer-in-Residence IVC2018
Leo Samama (1951) studied musicology at the University of Utrecht, and composition with Rudolf Escher. He is a much sought-after writer and speaker with a broad field of interests. His relation to the viola is rather a special one: His brother Emile Cantor is a professional violist... Read More →

Artists
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Mikhail Zemtsov

Conductor, Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (The Netherlands)
Mikhail Zemtsov first took violin lessons from his mother Loudmila Levinson at the age of five, later studying viola and composition at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He gained Soloist Diplomas with Distinction from ABRSM (GB, B. Dinerstein), the Hochschuele fuer Musik in Hamburg... Read More →
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Zemtsov Viola Quartet

About usThe Zemtsov Viola quartet consists of four members of a special family all playing the viola: Mikhail ZemtsovAlexander ZemtsovJulia Dinerstein - ZemtsovDana Zemtsov Together they perform beautiful and seldomly performed classical compositions and arrangements for four violas. All 4 have studied (amongst other) at the Maastricht Conservatory at the great Russian Viola virtuoso Michael Kugel. Each of them has developed a brilliant professional sol... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 10:30 - 11:00 CET
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands