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Tuesday, November 20
 

12:00

IVC2018 Opening Ceremony
Welcome Speech Karin Dolman
Welcome Speech Carlos Maria Solare on behalf of IVS
Welcome Speech Kristofer Skaug


Speakers
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Kristofer Skaug

Host, IVC2018
Born in Oslo (Norway), Kristofer Skaug works at the European Space Agency in Noordwijk as a Software Engineer and  project manager. In this capacity he has extensive experience in the management of international projects. In 2012 he became a co-founding board member of the Dutch Viola Society (DVS), and plays the viola in various amateur orchestras and... Read More →
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Carlos Maria Solare

President, International Viola Society
Born in 1960 in Buenos Aires, Carlos Maria Solare studied viola there with Tomás Tichauer. In 1980 he went to Berlin with a scholarship of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation and has remained there ever since. As a fellow of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy, he had lessons... Read More →

Artists
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Karin Dolman

IVC2018 Co-host and Artistic Director, Dutch Viola Society
Violist Karin Dolman studied violin and viola at the Rotterdam music academy. She had masterclasses with Bruno Giuranna, Wolfram Christ, Flodor Druschinin and an intensive course with Kim Kashkashian. Karin won a prize at  the Lionel Tertis viola competition for modern classical... Read More →


Tuesday November 20, 2018 12:00 - 12:30
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

12:40

Music from the Fjords
Music from the Fjords - Norway & New Zealand

The Norwegian Viola 
Frida Oliver (viola), Caecilia Boschman (piano)
- Harald Sæverud: Sonatina for viola and piano
- Edvard Grieg: Violin sonata no.3 op.45, 2nd mvt. (arr.)

The Alternative viola 
Alexa Thomson (viola)
- Paul Groh: Jive Turkey
- Martin Lodge: Pacific Rock
- Jack Body : Aeolian Harp
- Michael Kimber: The Emerald Isle
- Scott Slapin: Prelude, duet with Gillian Ansell 

Program Notes:

This recital provides a taste of Norwegian viola music. A lot of music written for viola by Norwegian composers is extremely rarely played outside of Norway.
At the opposite side of the globe, contemporary composers in New Zealand have provided inspiration for Alexa Thomson's project "The Alternative Viola".

Artists
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Alexa Thomson

Rice University, Houston (USA)
Alexa Sangbin Thomson, (NZ/USA), is pursuing her Master of Music degree at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. She completed her Bachelor of Music with first--‐class Honours at the New Zealand School of Music in 2014, and the following year completed a... Read More →
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Caecilia Boschman

IVC Pianist
Caecilia Boschman studied piano with Frans van Hoek at the Conservatory in Rotterdamwhere she graduated both as a teacher and as a soloist. After graduation she went on tostudy with Jan Wijn. Caecilia took masterclasses with Imogen Cooper, Horacio Gutierrez enOxana Yablonskaja.Caecilia... Read More →
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Frida Oliver

The Juilliard School (USA)
Frida Oliver, 19, began her music studies at the age of 5 on the violin, switching to viola at age 8. A native of Stavanger, Norway, Frida regularly works as a substitute in Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic. She attended Pre-College at Barratt-Due Institute of... Read More →
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Gillian Ansell

Victoria University of Wellington
Violist Gillian Ansell was born in Auckland, New Zealand and made her concerto debut as a violinist with the Auckland Philharmonia at the age of 16. At 19, an Associated Board Scholarship took Gillian to the Royal College of Music in London for 3 years to study violin, viola and piano... Read More →


Tuesday November 20, 2018 12:40 - 13:30
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

13:40

The 1919 Berkshire Festival Competition: A Centennial Review
For most violists, 1919 brings to mind three-large-scale masterpieces for viola and piano that were written that year: Ernest Bloch’s Suite, Rebecca Clarke’s Sonata, and Paul Hindemith’s Sonata, op. 11, no. 4. The first two of these works owe their existence to the Berkshire Festival of Chamber Music Competition, established by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, an amateur pianist and lover of chamber music. Coolidge is remembered as one of America’s great patrons of music, commissioning a number of renowned chamber works, including Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Béla Bartók’s fifth string quartet, Anton Webern’s String Quartet, Sergei Prokofiev’s first string quartet, and Igor Stravinsky’s Apollon musagète. But her first major contribution to chamber music started one hundred years ago, with the organization of the first Berkshire Festival in 1918.

While Mrs. Coolidge solicited the popular medium of the string quartet for the first Berkshire  competition, she demonstrated her progressive nature with the selection of viola and piano as the medium for the second competition. Coolidge consequently became the catalyst for the composition of seventy-two new works that were entered into the 1919 competition, and she specifically encouraged both Bloch and Clarke to compose their winning works. But what of the other seventy works entered into the competition? The conditions of entry deemed that the works would remain anonymous, and though lists have survived naming entrants for other years of the Berkshire competition, the entrants for 1919 have remained lost to history. But violists have continued to speculate about what works might have been entered (particularly wondering whether Hindemith’s opus 11, no. 4 sonata one of them).

This panel will take a lecture-recital format divided into two parts. The first part will provide biographical information on Coolidge and details about the six Berkshire Festival Competitions with a focus on the 1919 competition (including conditions of the contest, the jury, and known details about the judging process). Panelists will also discuss the effect that the competition had on the development of viola repertoire and the careers of the two winners as well as the stylistic features of each winning work and the influences that shaped them. The second part will examine select works for viola and piano, evaluating the likelihood of their being entered into the competition based on a number of factors, including date of composition, the composer’s relationship with Coolidge, and whether the composer was known to have entered any other relevant competitions around the same time. Excerpts from several works will be performed, some for the first time in modern history (if not the first time ever), fulfilling the IVC theme of Exploring New Ways to Perform by highlighting unknown works. Panelists may also speculate on how individual judges voted during the 1919 competition and whether Hindemith’s opus 11, no. 4 sonata was entered into the competition.

Excerpts from the following works will be performed:

William Henry Reed: Rhapsody for viola and piano
Granville Bantock: Sonata for Viola and piano
Karel Boleslav Jirák: Sonata for viola and piano, op. 26
Francesco Pratella: Sonata for viola and piano, op. 23
Andrew Braddock, viola

Christian Geisler: Sonata for Viola and Piano
Domenico Brescia: Sonata for Viola and Piano, “Work and Trust”
Richard H. Walthew: Serenade Sonata in f minor
Katrin Meidell, viola

Joseph Ryelandt: Sonate alto et piano, op. 73.
Arthur Foote: Sonata for viola and piano, op. 78A
Marcelle Soulage Sonate pour piano et alto, op. 25
Hillary Herndon, viola

Arthur Honegger: Sonate pour alto et piano
K. Dorothy Fox: Sonata for Viola and Piano, op. 7
Gustav Strube: Sonata for Viola and Piano
Daphne Gerling, viola

Wei-Chun Bernadette Lo,  piano


Speakers
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Andrew Braddock

Western Kentucky University (USA)
Violist Andrew Braddock is currently on the faculty of Western Kentucky University (WKU) and the WKU Pre-College Strings Program. He teaches viola at the university and maintains a full pre-college studio of young violinists and violists, and serves as the Director of the WKU Summer... Read More →

Artists
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Daphne Gerling

University of North Texas (USA)
Violist Daphne Gerling was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to a musical family. She enjoys a versatile career as a teacher, chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist performing on both modern and baroque viola in leading venues across the U.S., Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, England... Read More →
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Hillary Herndon

University of Tennessee (USA)
Violist Hillary Herndon has earned a national reputation for her brilliant playing, “sweetly soaring tone” (Time Out New York), creative programming and insightful teaching. She has been heard on NPR and PBS and has collaborated with some of the world’s foremost artists, including... Read More →
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Katrin Meidell

Columbus State University (USA)
Violist Katrin Meidell, DMA, enjoys a prolific career as a performer, pedagogue, and lecturer. Her diverse abilities have taken her across the USA, to Canada, Finland, Austria, Poland, Brazil, and New Zealand. A strong proponent of new music, she consistently premieres works commissioned... Read More →
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Wei-Chun Bernadette Lo

Pianist
Bernadette Lo is the Visiting Professor of Piano at the University of the South in Sewanee (Tennessee, USA) and performs regularly with artists around the region. She has served as the official accompanist for numerous music festivals and competitions, including UT Viola Celebration... Read More →


Tuesday November 20, 2018 13:40 - 14:40
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

14:45

Jutta Puchhammer Master Class
Viola Masterclass with Lawrence Power

Students:
Julien Praud: Forsyth concerto, 2nd mvt.
Martin Moriarty: Bowen concerto op.25, 1st mvt.
Dagmar Korbar: Reger solo suite no.1, Molto sostenuto

Pianist: Daniël Kramer


Artists
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Daniël Kramer

IVC Pianist
Daniël Kramer is known as a many-sided and impassioned pianist.He took up his main studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Håkon Austbø, also taking regular lessons with Claude Helffer in Paris. In 2000 he was awarded his performance diploma, with distinction.In 2007 he... Read More →
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Lawrence Power

Featured Artist
Lawrence Power is one of today’s foremost violists, in demand worldwide as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber music partner.Over the past decade, he has become a regular guest performer with orchestras of the highest calibre.  Highlights in 2017-18 include his debut with... Read More →


Tuesday November 20, 2018 14:45 - 16:15
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

16:20

Robert Fuchs Chamber Music
Chamber Music by Robert Fuchs (1847-1927)

1) Sieben Fantasiestücke op.57 for violin, viola and piano (23')
- Mäßig bewegt
- Langsam, getragen
- Mäßig bewegt
- Sehr gemütvoll
- Anmutig bewegt
- Lebhaft, zart
- Etwas bewegt
Annette-Barbara Vogel (violin), Boguslawa Hubisz-Sielska (viola), Marusz Sielski (piano)

2) String Trio ‘Terzetto’, Op. 61, No. 1 (20')
I.  Langsam, mit sinnigem Ausdruck
II.  Lebhaft bewegt, launig
III.  Langsam
IV.  Lebhaft, übermüthig
Annette-Barbara Vogel (violin), Kelvin Mun (violin), Matthew Antal (viola)


Artists
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Annette -Barbara Vogel

Violinist, Western University, Ontario (Canada)
A Full Professor and Head of Strings Western University, Annette-Barbara Vogel held university teaching positions in the US and Germany prior to arriving in Canada.Vogel’s over 15 solo CDs are critically acclaimed for her “committed performances… [and] winning presence [of... Read More →
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Boguslawa Hubisz-Sielska

Lutoslawski Conservatory of Cracow (Poland)
Bogusława Hubisz-Sielska: Having completed her musical education at the Higher School of Music in Krakow she went on to participate in complementary master classes in Warsaw under Stefan Kamasa and in Munich under Kim Kashkashian. She has performed at numerous Polish Festivals, among... Read More →
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Kelvin Mun

Violinist, University of Western Ontario (Canada)
Kyeonghwan (Kelvin) Mun is a violinist from Republic of Korea, who is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in violin performance at University of Western Ontario (Canada), under Professor Annette Barbara Vogel. Playing in an orchestra since the age of 8, Mr. Mun has grown up to... Read More →
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Mariusz Sielski

Pianist, Academy of Music, Krakow (Poland)
Mariusz Sielski studied in Krakow under Ludwik Stefanski, Ewa Bukojemska and Janusz Dolny. His studies were followed by complementary master classes (with Alexander Jenner, Rudolf Buchbinder, Eliane Richepin and Fausto Zadra) and at the Munich Hochschule für Musik. He is well known... Read More →
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Matthew Antal

University of Toronto, Canada
Matthew Antal was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He attended Cardinal CarterAcademy for the Arts where he began playing Viola at age 13 because he was told "youlook like a violist". An all-around lover of music, he has played numerous instruments fornumerous ensembles with genres... Read More →


Tuesday November 20, 2018 16:20 - 17:05
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

17:15

IVC2018 Opening Celebration
In theatre hall:

Speech by Neil Wallace, programme director, De Doelen

Leo Samama: Viola Pomposa, for 6 violas (première)
Introduction by the Composer
Performance: A co-production of of the  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the
Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Francien Schatborn, Frank Brakkee, Francis Saunders, Veronika Lenartova, León van den Berg, Lotte de Vries, Viola

Benjamin Dale - Introduction and Andante opus 5
Rotterdam Philharmonic Viola Ensemble
Leon van den Berg, Maartje van Rheeden, Francis Saunders, Kerstin Bonk, Jan Navarro and Veronika Lenartova

Presentation ThatViolaKid

In foyer:
Violin makers speech
Viola pitch
Toast

Speakers
avatar for Jan van der Elst

Jan van der Elst

Luthier
The importance of the middle voice as an integrating force in music is commonly recognised. It is a crucial but yet often introverted voice. The impact of the viola is often noticed most when, for whatever reason, its voice temporarily falls silent. The ensemble suddenly sounds weak... Read More →
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Drew Alexander "ThatViolaKid" Forde

Vlogger, YouTuber
A fiery, passionate performer who leaves everything on the stage, Drew Alexander Forde gives his all to audiences. Hailing from The Juilliard School, Drew regularly performs throughout the United States. Described by NPR as “outgoing, nerdy, and unabashedly enthusiastic about classical... 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 →
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Kristofer Skaug

Host, IVC2018
Born in Oslo (Norway), Kristofer Skaug works at the European Space Agency in Noordwijk as a Software Engineer and  project manager. In this capacity he has extensive experience in the management of international projects. In 2012 he became a co-founding board member of the Dutch Viola Society (DVS), and plays the viola in various amateur orchestras and... Read More →

Artists
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Francien Schatborn

Conservatorium van Amsterdam
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Frank Brakkee

Radio Filhamonisch Orkest (The Netherlands)
Frank Brakkee is a versatile violist, playing in a wide variety of ensembles. For more than 25 years he combines a principal chair in The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra with the renowned Nieuw Ensemble, playing contemporary music around the globe. Furthermore, he can be found in (among others) ensemble/orchestra Ludwig, and the Tim Kliphuis Sextet, playing jazz, classical, folk and gypsy cross-overs. Lots of chamber music groups are happy to work with him. As a soloist Frank played m... Read More →
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Rotterdam Philharmonic Viola Ensemble

VIolists from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra- Roman Spitzer- Veronika Lenartova- Anne Huser- Darija Kozlitina


Tuesday November 20, 2018 17:15 - 18:15
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

18:00

Viola Pitch
Venue: In the Hofpleintheater Main Foyer - platform
Possibility to make an announcement or...

Tuesday November 20, 2018 18:00 - 18:10
Venue: Other (see Description)

20:15

IVC2018 Opening Concert
Venue: De Doelen, Jurriaanse Zaal

Programme:
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Phantasy Quintet
Brett Dean: Epitaphs for String Quintet
- Intermission - 
Anton Bruckner: String Quintet in F major

Artists:
DoelenKwartet (Frank de Groot, Maartje Kraan, Karin Dolman, Hans Woudenberg)
Jutta Puchhammer, viola
Lisa Eggen, viola

Description:
For the IVC2018 Opening Night Concert, the renowned DoelenKwartet (string quartet in residence at De Doelen concert halls) is joined by violists Lisa Eggen and Jutta Puchhammer (vice president of the International Viola Society) for an evening dedicated to viola quintets.
In his Epitaphs for string quintet, Brett Dean saw ‘the chance to explore the extended sonorities and textural possibilities of the “string-quartet-plus-one” formation. The work was especially informed by the very particular colouristic changes that arise by doubling the viola section, with the pair of violas frequently operating as a counterpart to the string quartet’s regular pair of violins.
The DoelenKwartet with added guest violists put Dean’s work in an historical perspective with Bruckner’s expansive F-major quintet and the magnificent Phantasy Quintet by Vaughan Williams.
This concert is organized with the kind cooperation of our IVC2018 Partner,  Kamermuziekvereeniging Rotterdam.


Artists
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DoelenKwartet

String Quartet
The DoelenKwartet is one of the most prominent string quartets in the Netherlands where modern classical music is concerned. Their repertoire encompasses more than 200 contemporary pieces and compositions dating back to the early twentieth century.  With the purpose of placing their... Read More →
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Jutta Puchhammer

Université de Montreal (Canada)
Born in Vienna, Jutta Puchhammer is principal viola of the Laval Symphonie Orchestra and full professor for viola and chamber music at the Université de Montreal (Canada). She has toured extensively as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and lecturer, giving masterclasses in... Read More →
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Lisa Eggen

Conservatory of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Lisa Eggen (1994) has been active as a versatile viola player from an early age. With great pleasure she gives solo recitals, chamber music concerts and plays in orchestras. At the moment she is following a master's program at the conservatory of Amsterdam with Nobuko Imai. She previously... Read More →



Tuesday November 20, 2018 20:15 - 22:15
Venue: Other (see Description)

23:00

Spectral Viola: James Tenney
Venue:  Sociëteit MATRIX

Programme:
"The Spectral Viola" - music by James Tenney:
- Harmonium #1 for solo viola and tape (6'30)
- Two Koans and a Canon (17.30')
- Blues for Annie (3.30')

Programme Notes:
Viola players need visionary composers who find new ways of composing for us, so that we can explore together new ways to perform. One of these visionary composers are James Tenney.

Tenney has been an inspired teacher and example for many, and we are lucky that he loved the viola. For his wife and muse at the time, the violist Ann Holloway, he wrote several pieces, amongst them Canon and Blues for Annie. The latter is a remake for viola of an old song; No More Good Water by Jaybird Coleman.
The harmonica and the voice are imitated rather precise by the viola. As the old harmonicas at that time were in 'just tuning' this is a very good piece to explore just intonation. Canon- third movement of Two Koans and a Canon is a very melodic piece as well, with the tape joining in as a happy ghost partner, and it is also the concept of melody that these three pieces have in common, which makes the programme attractive and easy to listen to for every audience.



Artists
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Elisabeth Smalt

The Dutch viola player Elisabeth Smalt works primarily as a chamber musician, in styles varying from period instrument performance to extremely new music. She also has recorded many chamber music and solo works. Since 1996 Smalt has been a member of the Brussels-based prize-winning... Read More →


Tuesday November 20, 2018 23:00 - 23:30
Venue: Other (see Description)
 
Wednesday, November 21
 

09:00

YouTube as a Stage: How do we Perform for a Virtual Audience?
In this lecture, I would like to present my findings on how classical (viola) players can
improve their performance for YouTube. This is part of the artistic research I am
undertaking as part of my Masters at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.
Performing for Youtube is different than live performances, where the audience is
present, or CD-recordings, where the performer and the audience cannot see each
other. Even though YouTube is used a lot by musicians, we do not often consider the
particulars of this new way to perform. In this talk, I will discuss how performance
aspects such as sound quality, camera angles and the presence of a live audience in
the recording influence the performer-audience relationship.
Since YouTube was first introduced as a video-sharing platform in 2005, it has
quickly become a part of classical musicians’ daily life and practice. Musicians use
YouTube when learning new repertoire, for inspiration, to see masterclasses or to listen
to music. It is also a way to share our own performances, with the world or even just
with a single teacher. Sharing footage of performances online can be fun, scary, but
also practical or even a requirement for auditions. YouTube offers entrepreneurial
opportunities, such as creating revenue through YouTube itself or using videos to
promote other outlets, such as CDs or live concerts. However, from an artistic
perspective, the 'success' of a performance is qualified by the performer-audience
relationship.
A rising awareness of the performer-audience relationship is connected to the
'performative turn' in art, viewing classical concerts as an 'event' instead of an artefact.
Contemporary performance theory, based on the work of performance scholars and
musicologists such as Nicholas Cook and Philip Auslander, provides a framework for
this research.
In this lecture, I will show examples from several YouTube channels, showing the
different possibilities and results. This analysis will focus on the audio and video quality,
camera use and the setting of the performance (live concert/auditorium/living room
etc.). This will be combined with my own videos, in which I am experimenting with the
outcomes of my research. I will then provide practical advice for viola players who
would like to upload their own material to YouTube .

proposal ref.: 108

Speakers
avatar for Sophie Vroegop

Sophie Vroegop

Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (The Netherlands)
Sophie Vroegop was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and started violin lessons at the age of 5 with Anneke Schilt and Hans Scheepers. She had the opportunity to start playing in orchestras very early and from the age of 8 she started playing string quartet, kindling her love for... Read More →


Wednesday November 21, 2018 09:00 - 09:30
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

09:00

Master Class Felix Ungar
Viola Masterclass with prof. Felix Ungar

Selected students:
Alexa Thomson: Walton concerto, 1st mvt.
Kardelen Buruk: Ch. de Bériot:  Scène de Ballet
Lisa Lotte Grotholt:  Hindemith solo sonata op.25.1, 4th mvt.

Pianist: Caecilia Boschman




Artists
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Caecilia Boschman

IVC Pianist
Caecilia Boschman studied piano with Frans van Hoek at the Conservatory in Rotterdamwhere she graduated both as a teacher and as a soloist. After graduation she went on tostudy with Jan Wijn. Caecilia took masterclasses with Imogen Cooper, Horacio Gutierrez enOxana Yablonskaja.Caecilia... Read More →
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Felix Ungar

Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
A teacher at the Collegiate and Junior Divisions of The Hong Kong Academy for PerformingArts and Artist-Teacher and Lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University, American violist FelixUngar has been invited to give lectures and masterclasses at the American Viola Society Festivalat Oberlin... Read More →


Wednesday November 21, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
De Nieuwe Banier, Theaterzaal Banierstraat 1, 3032 PA Rotterdam, Netherlands

09:00

Extended Techniques for Strings Workshop 1
Venue: DE NIEUWE BANIER,
2nd floor studio "STUDIO 3" for today

Extended techniques are often thought of as special effects or noises that should be learned after a violist is already an expert at their instrument. This workshop, open to all ages, breaks down that preconceived notion by showing how techniques can be used to develop a richer understanding of the relationship between weight, bow speed, and contact point at any point in a student’s development. By allowing the student to experiment in extremes and mismatched pairings, students can come to a better understand how these elements to produce a beautiful sound in many different timbres.
The workshop focuses on techniques used by composer Andrew Norman. Lanzilotti has worked closely with Norman over the past five years, both in developing the educational resource Shaken Not Stuttered, and through interviews and scholarship for publications such as Music & Literature and Neue Zeitschrift für Musik. The free online resource http://www.shakennotstuttered.com allows both performers and audience members alike to access new sounds and listen to them in a masterclass format where they feel like they are in the room with the composer, allowing for a new access point to contemporary music.
Norman’s playful approach to the viola inspires musicians to engage with the physicality of playing, and empowers musicians of all ages to enjoy the exploration of timbre on the instrument. Other examples from works by Jagoda Szmytka and Dai Fujikura (whom Lanzilotti collaborated when he was writing the required piece Engraving for the Tokyo International Viola Competition) show different ways that composers who Lanzilotti has collaborated with personally approach extended techniques.
In the workshop, Lanzilotti will demonstrate first how timbre can be used to show structure, and the
importance of focused and dedicated practice of extended techniques. Following that, the idea of weight,bow speed, and contact point as the foundation for sound production on the viola will be explored with participants in the workshop. The participants will be asked to have their instruments out in order to experiment with the sounds in the workshop, and thereby get experience finding their own balance of the various techniques. The workshop exemplifies the congress theme of “Exploring New Ways to Perform.”


Artists
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Anne Lanzilotti

Composer
A fierce advocate of contemporary music, Anne Lanzilotti has distinguished herself by collaboratingwith composers of her generation. She is currently commissioning new works for viola by AnnaThorvaldsdottir, Andrew Norman, and Scott Wollschleger as a part of The 20/19 Project. Lanzilotti... Read More →


Wednesday November 21, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
De Nieuwe Banier, Danszaal Banierstraat 1, 3032 PA Rotterdam, Netherlands

09:30

Slow Dancing: Poetry and Bach
Slow Dancing: Poetry and Bach
Christine Rutledge, Professor of Viola, University of Iowa

For over 40 years I have been fascinated, almost obsessed, with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, a composer who died almost 300 years ago. His music was so great that it transcends any notion that it was written in a style that died and was replaced by something newer, more modern, or “better.” I suppose that is the case with any great art, and is why it is considered “great.”

I regularly perform Bach’s music, especially his solo cello suites and solo violin works, and have done extensive research on the solo cello and violin works. This research has contributed greatly to my interpretations. But my performances have been presented quite traditionally. Now I am ready to take Bach’s music into a more abstract place, one that can reach listeners in more immediate and visceral ways, ways that will inspire them to think about Bach and music differently.

This approach to performance is part of my quest to take “classical” music out of the blue-haired realm in a truly meaningful way – not by pandering or “dumbing-it-down,” which I believe only makes the problems of elitism in classical music worse. Many musicians are now considering similar approaches in their programming, and it is about time!

"Slow Dancing" is a collaborative, interactive performance that intersperses slow dance movements by Bach with newly written poetry or words that are inspired by the music and the composer– the sound, the tonal colors, the visual aspect of the music itself, the textures, Bach’s life, or any aspect of the music or composer that inspires the writer. There are really no boundaries; the music itself has enough of those.

I have commissioned poets in the Detroit (Michigan) area, which has a thriving poetry community as well as being my hometown. The program will be performed in the fall of 2018 in Detroit with all of the poets reading their poems. For the Congress performance I plan on reciting the poetry myself, but may have a reader.

The program, though, is intended to be flexible and “portable,” and can be performed in many different ways. Examples could be: have a reader recite the poetry; have school children read the poetry; perform in prisons and youth centers; pretty much anything that could make the experience meaningful and reach people from diverse and unexpected backgrounds.

Excerpts from the following Bach music are considered :

• From the 6 Suites for Solo Cello
    o Sarabande from Suite No. 2
    o Sarabande from Suite No. 3
    o Sarabande and Allemande from Suite No. 6
• From the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
    o Sarabanda from Partita No. 2
    o Loure from Partita No. 3
    o Siciliana from Sonata No. 1
• From the Suite for Solo Flute
    o Sarabande

Artists
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Christine Rutledge

Professor of Viola, University of Iowa School of Music (USA)
Christine Rutledge is a violist of varied talents and interests. She began her life-long love of viola in the 3rd grade in the Detroit Public Schools and had the great fortune of studying with several of the world’s greatest teachers, including Karen Tuttle, Michael Tree, William... Read More →
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Daphne Gerling

University of North Texas (USA)
Violist Daphne Gerling was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to a musical family. She enjoys a versatile career as a teacher, chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist performing on both modern and baroque viola in leading venues across the U.S., Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, England... Read More →


Wednesday November 21, 2018 09:30 - 10:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

10:00

Master Class Marcin Murawski
Viola master class with prof. Marcin Murawski

Selected students:
Minna Svedberg: Vieuxtemps Sonata in Bb, 1st mvt.
Freyja Meany: Schumann Fantasiestücke, 1st and 3rd mvt.
Yuju Lai: Brahms Op.120 No. 2 in Eb, 1st mvt.

Pianist: Daniël Kramer






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Daniël Kramer

IVC Pianist
Daniël Kramer is known as a many-sided and impassioned pianist.He took up his main studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Håkon Austbø, also taking regular lessons with Claude Helffer in Paris. In 2000 he was awarded his performance diploma, with distinction.In 2007 he... Read More →
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Marcin Murawski

Academy of Music, Poznan (Poland)
Marcin Murawski (born 29 October 1974 in Poznań) studied viola at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan with his father, professor Andrzej Murawski, graduating with distinction in 1998. Further studies were with Claus Myrup in Aarhus, Denmark. He subsequently earned his doctorate and post-doctorate habilitation, between... Read More →


Wednesday November 21, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
De Nieuwe Banier, Theaterzaal Banierstraat 1, 3032 PA Rotterdam, Netherlands

10:00

How can I Teach Myself - A method for practising improvisation
Workshop - attendance limited to selected participants (based on advance sign-up).

In this workshop, I investigate a method how to explore a ”defined pole of notes” ( i.e a certain scale) together with the group. The participant doesn´t need to have any kind of experience of improvising. We are just trying some ideas out of creating simple phrases. First melody, then rhythm, basically using a ”call and response” framework. The method is quite fun to do. Creating curiosity rather than ”achieve results” is the main purpose.

Circle of max 20 chairs.

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Henrik Frendin

Malmö Academy of Music (Sweden)
Henrik Frendin is known as one of today's most accomplished Scandinavian viola players. His artistic output covers a wide range of musical genres from classical to contemporary electro-acoustical and modern jazz.He studied at The Royal Danish Conservatory and graduated with soloist... Read More →


Wednesday November 21, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
De Nieuwe Banier, grote zaal Banierstraat 1, 3032 PA Rotterdam, Netherlands

10:00

Resonance Training for Violists (1)
In this workshop, participants learn the basics of the Resonance Training for musicians (originally ‘Resonanzlehre’). Resonance Training is a musical sound body practice to enhance quality of sound, freedom of movement and richness of emotional expression. Quality of sound means that the musician creates the sound quality s/he wishes to appear in the room. Freedom of movement means lightness in the movement and full ability for the musician to respond and react to the sound as it is. Richness of emotional expression means that how the musician feels the music is fully represented in the sound waves at the ears of the listeners. The key sentence of Resonance Training is: “The more resonant the sound, the freer the musical movement.”

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Yanna Pelser

Dutch violist and Resonance coach Yanna Pelser studied classical viola in Rotterdam, Detmold andTilburg with teachers Gisella Bergman and Diemut Poppen.After finishing her master's degree she received two grants (VSB-fonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds), to finance a special education... Read More →


Wednesday November 21, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
De Nieuwe Banier, Danszaal Banierstraat 1, 3032 PA Rotterdam, Netherlands

11:10

The Influence of Lionel Tertis and works of York Bowen
1) Bowen Pieces for Viola and Piano (25' )
Bowen - Melody for the G string
Bowen - Piece in E-flat for viola (unpublished)
Bowen -  Romance in D-flat
Bowen - Phantasy
Yue Yu viola, Anthony Hewitt, piano

2) ESMAE Viola Ensemble, Porto (Portugal): (30' )
The Influence of Lionel Tertis in emergence of repertoire for Viola in England at the century XX
Including the following repertoire performed by the ensemble:
Tertis: Three Sketches
Tertis: Sunset
Tertis: Hier au Soir
Tertis: Passacaglia from Suite No. 7
(all arrangements made by Buga Lopes)

Programme Notes:
The Bowen recital highlights some of York Bowen's lesser known works for viola and piano. In particular the short but surprising Piece in E-flat has remained unpublished to this date.

The students of ESMAE present the influence of Lionel Tertis (1876-1975) on the emergence of viola repertoire in the 20th century. A brief biographical context of the English musician is presented, where some aspects of his life connected with the appearance of outstanding works are shown, for his musical career as well as for the repertoire of the instrument.




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Ana Alves

Ana Alves began her musical studies in ARTAVE in 2005. She attended master classes with teachers Ryszard Woycicki, Marc Tooten, Pedro Muñoz, Aida-Carmen Soanea, Luis Magin Muñiz, Kenneth Martinson, Ana Bela Chaves, Jon Thorne, Guy Ben-Ziony, Ivo van der Werff, Tatjana Masurenko... Read More →
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Anthony Hewitt

Pianist, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Anthony Hewitt is regarded as one of Britain’s most gifted pianists, and, since winning the prestigious William Kapell Competition in Washington D.C., has enjoyed a prolific performing career spanning two decades, including concerto appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra... Read More →
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ESMAE Viola Ensemble

Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE)
The Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE) was created from the Escola Superior de Música, established in 1985, continuing the secular tradition of music education in the city of Porto. The ESMAE is formed by the Music and Theatre departments with about 750 students... Read More →
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Yue Yu

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (UK)
Yue Yu is a full scholarship student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, studying with the Head of Strings, Dr Louise Lansdown. In November 2017, she was selected as a semi-finalist in the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition, and also as one of the five finalists to... Read More →


Wednesday November 21, 2018 11:10 - 12:05
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

11:10

Vision: Polish music for the Viola
1) "Vision"  for 1-3 violas
- Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz (1916-1998): Sonatina for  2 violas. 3rd mvt: Presto (1955, 4’45’’)
- Olga Hans (1971-): ”Horai” for three violas (2018, premiere, 5’)
- Sławomir Zamuszko (1973-): “Some right decisions” for viola (2018, premiere, 5’)
- Janusz Kopczyński (1953-): “Vision” for viola (2018, premiere, 5’)
- Krzysztof Grzeszczak (1965-): ”Incontro per 3 viole” (2018, premiere, 5’)
Dorota Stanislawska, Jolanta Kukuła-Kopczyńska, Róża Wilczak-Płaziuk and Błażej Maliszewski, violas

2) Polish Music for Viola
- Philipp Scharwenka (1847-1917): Sonata for viola and piano G-minor, op. 106
   One movement: Fantasia - Allegretto - Allegro
- Sławomir Czarnecki (1949-): Sonata Kujawska for viola and piano, op. 56 (2016)
  Moderato espressivo  -  Lento  -  Allegretto marcato
Lech Bałaban, viola;  Krzysztof Sowiński, piano

Programme Notes:

The programme "Vision" presents new compositions for violas, written and dedicated especially for IVC2018. The only exception is the Paciorkiewicz Sonatina, written in 1955 for two violins. It was transcribed for two violas by Dr. Maliszewski. Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz wrote numerous pieces for viola and they were edited and recorded by dr Maliszewski on the 20th anniversary of the composer’s death in 1998. The CD and the music edition will be available after the performance.

All the other compositions of  “Vision” were written by composers connected with the Academy in Lodz. The compositions give a view on what contemporary viola character is.

Philipp Scharwenka was known as a German composer of the late Romantic era. He was born in Szamotuły (Samter), a town in the Wielkopolska Voivodship (province), and started his musical education in Poznań. The Viola Sonata in G minor, published for the first time in 1899, is his only viola sonata. Although it is performed without pauses as a single entity, it is internally divided into three parts: Fantasia, Allegretto and Allegro.

Sławomir Czarnecki's Sonata Kujawska was created on the initiative of Lech Bałaban, and is dedicated to him. It consists traditionally of three parts. The elements of tradition include folk melodic themes. Modernist elements in the work include structural thinking, repetitiveness, elements of minimal music.

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Błażej Maliszewski

Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music, Gdansk (Poland)
Błażej Maliszewski , Ph.D  leads  his viola class at The Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Musicin Gdańsk and at The Feliks Nowowiejski Primary and Secondary Music  School in Gdańsk, Poland.He constantly performs as a soloist and a chamber music player.He cooperates with many... Read More →
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Dorota Stanislawska

DOROTA STANISŁAWSKA – a graduate of the Academy of Music in the viola class of Prof. J.Kukuła-Kopczyńska (2001) and of the postgraduate studies at the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, the class of Prof. S. Kamasa (2003). She has perfected her skills during master classes... Read More →
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Jolanta Kukuła-Kopczyńska

JOLANTA KUKUŁA-KOPCZYŃSKA – a violist,professor of musical arts. She graduated from the Academy of Music in Łódź, from the class of Prof. Z. Frieman. At the moment she runs her viola class at the Alma Mater. She combines her teaching career with concert activity as a soloist... Read More →
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Krzysztof Sowiński

Pianist, Academy of Music, Poznań (Poland)
Krzysztof SowińskiGraduated with distinction from Professor Alicja Kledzik’s piano class at the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. In 1992 he earned 3rd prize at the C. Kahn’s European Piano Competition in Paris. He was awarded artistic grants from the F. Chopin Society... Read More →
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Lech Bałaban

Academy of Music, Poznań (Poland)
Lech BałabanHe began learning violin at the age of 5 with his father Henryk Bałaban and remained under his tutelage until he was a sophomore. Later he studied under the supervision of Professor Jadwiga Kaliszewska; in 1988 he graduated from her class at the I. J. Paderewski Academy... Read More →
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Róża Wilczak-Płaziuk

RÓŻA WILCZAK-PŁAZIUK – a violist, graduated with honors from the Academy of Music in Łódź, from the viola class of Prof. Z. Frieman in 1994 and then commenced her employment at the Alma Mater on the position of an assistant. She complemented her education at Staatliche Hochschule... Read More →


Wednesday November 21, 2018 11:10 - 12:10
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

12:00

Lunch
Venue: Zadkine restaurant TBC

Wednesday November 21, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Venue: Other (see Description)

13:00

All for one, One for all
Ensemble of the Viola faculty and students of the Amsterdam Conservatory,

Programme:

Maurice Horsthuis: Cohort, viola’s only (8’27’’)

Max Knigge: Achille, Ajax & Moi (2008), opus 4
- an imaginary ballet for solo viola & viola orchestra
 1. Introduction: They call me....
 2. Hospitalier accueil chez Menelas
 3. Intermezzo
 4. Hommage: Zonnewende (Kurtág-Kurtág)
 5. Premier Rêveur: Poseidon
 6. Deuxième Rêveuse: Calypso
 7. Pas de deux: Menelas & Agamemnon
 8. Korvai: Achille, Ajax & Moi
 9. Troisième Rêveuse: La Mer

Solo viola in Knigge: Takehiro Konoye
Conductor: Max Knigge

Viola 1:
Richard Wolfe (*), Sergio Montero del Pozo, Audinga Musteikyte, Tzu Chi Pan, Blanca Sellars, Liselot Blomaard
 
Viola 2:
Francien Schatborn (*), Dagmar Korbar (solo 2 in Knigge), Rita Proenca, Barbara da Souza, Alkistis Misouli, Seamus Hickey
 
Viola 3 in Horsthuis, Viola 4 in Knigge:
Marjolein Dispa (*), Hessel Moeselaar (improvisation solo in Knigge), Lotte Grotholt, Duleen van Gunsteren, Nils Joachim Jones, Elisa Misas Santos,  Arina Kuchmina
 
Viola 4 in Horsthuis, Viola 3 in Knigge:
Minna Svedberg (solo 3 in Knigge), Julien Praud, João Abreu, Lilian Haug, Lea van der Heijden,  Daniel Alves da Silva

 (*) Faculty



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Francien Schatborn

Conservatorium van Amsterdam
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Max Knigge

Conductor, Composer
Max Knigge (1984) studied viola and composition at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. His compositions are adventurous and based on resonance, created in narrow collaborationship with the musicians. His works are performed by Nederlands Kamerorkest, Residentie Orkest, Nobuko Imai, Ensemble... Read More →
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Takehiro Konoye

Conservatory of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Winner of the Dutch National Viola Competition 2017Prize winner at Tokyo Viola Competition 2018Prize winner at ARD Music Competition 2018


Wednesday November 21, 2018 13:00 - 13:30
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

13:45

Composer-Performer Collaboration
1. "Old wine, new bottles"
Hsiaopei Lee (viola), Chih-Chen Wei (composer)
Repertoire: Going Nowhere, Being Nobody (world première)

2. "From seed to première"
Anna Pelczer (viola) and Yoshiaki Onishi (composer)
Repertoire: (IV) "Betwixt-times" from Les six aspects du néant (Six aspects of nothingness) (world première)

This unique Lecture-Recital features two young composers and their collaboration with two young violists. Their works will be world premiered at this occasion. The Talk Show in the Theatre foyer, immediately following this session, will further elaborate and discuss the topic of composing for the viola.

Program Notes: 

Chih-Chen Wei:
Humming a single and simple melody might be a relaxing and enjoyable moment for everyone. No matter whether she or he is a musician or not. However, creating an original and meaningful melody
might be difficult for most of us.
Composition is very interesting but also very painful for me. When I first studied composition in college, I dare to write a beautiful and singing melody. I was afraid that people would think I don’t know how to compose. It seemed that we, as a composer student, had to write something very difficult and something people don’t understand, so they would think I was a good composer student.
However, this thought was completely changed after I went to Los Angeles in United States. This lecture-recital will talk about how I use simple, beautiful, tonal melodies and folk songs, in my composition. As regards the title to this abstract, “Old Wine” could be related to folk song and old melodies. “New Bottle” will represent a new composition. Using folks are one of the resources for composers. “How to restore ancient ways” and “how to rebirth oldness” are the ways to give the folks a new life. This is a 20-minute single piece, and it presents how I mixed my own composition and a 11-measure folk song. I will perform the entire piece at the end of this lecture. This will be a world premiere for this piece.

Anna Pelczer:
As a violist committed to the music of today, I collaborate with contemporary composers in order to develop new works to expand the standard repertoire. In contemporary music practice, often, composers and performers collaborate only for one single piece and for a short period of time. As a contrast, I propose a lecture-recital with my collaborator, composer Yoshiaki Onishi, that features one successful example of a collaborative model for performers and composers that already spans over a decade. In the first part, we will jointly present our working process that that culminated in Le quatrième pressentiment, a piece for viola solo that I commissioned him to compose. In particular, we will demonstrate in a detailed and transparent manner, the elements of collaboration required to achieve the musical result that that we mutually desired. In the second part, I will give the world premiere of the work.
I first met composer Yoshiaki Onishi during university where we were both working towards a Master’s Degree at the Yale School of Music. From the beginning, I found the unique sound of his compositions particularly intriguing and convincing – there was an authenticity and honesty to his music, rather than just being demonstrative and predictable.

In my own study of the viola, I wanted to be convinced by and be convincing in my playing, so I found a kindred spirit in Yoshi’s compositions even before we became collaborators. A free afternoon in April of 2007 confirmed my impression and has served as the basis for much of my motivations for becoming a performer and professional musician since.

On this day, Yoshi asked if I would consult on a potential composition for strings. As a proficient clarinetist, he was intimately aware of the capabilities of wind instruments, but the idea of extending playing techniques for strings required a colleague who could honestly evaluate and productively inform him on his ideas. We spent over three hours in a music school studio, starting with traditional technique and its ranges, and then testing and experimenting with the instrument as a blank canvas. Some suggestions were humourous, some proved to be more effort than payoff – but others were surprisingly successful, creating even sounds normally associated with non-musical contexts. Then came the process of creating a notation for this new language – Yoshi was very open to my suggestions, inventing straightforward symbols to represent the new effects we were discovering. I recently found out that the recordings we made ten years ago are still being used as the reference for Yoshi’s compositions, a fact I find very flattering and at the same time, rather unsurprising, since our work was so through. At this meeting, Yoshi and I discussed collaborating on a piece together – after ten years of personal and professional development, our situations have finally aligned to allow for its creation.

My development as a violist began like that of many others – finding the cello unwieldy, my parents gifted me with a violin whose study occupied me into my university years. In my development as a musician however, I became increasingly aware of an indescribable discontent – what was available from the instrument was ever more misaligned with my potential artistic inclinations. A lucky misunderstanding led to a sudden exposure to the viola, and through intense and concentrated study, I grew to realise the potential of this voice and my possible role in its promotion. The viola became a vehicle for adventure, and I was taught to explore it for its own identity and voice, rather than as a point of comparison to its instrumental cousins. With this approach, it was possible to find a convincing character for the viola itself through self-reference and exploration, rather than mimicking the familiar or expected sounds of a violin or a cello. A curiosity for the possible led me to a multi-faceted study of the instrument, including training in baroque playing, improvisation, and popular styles, in addition to a continuing advocacy of classical music through collaboration with living composers on pieces written exclusively for the viola.

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Anna Pelczer

Starting with professional engagements at the Beethoven Orchester and the Badische Staatskapelle,Hungarian-American violist Anna Pelczer has become a sought-after guest orchestral leader both in Germany and abroad. Recent performances have brought her to the Philharmonie Baden-Baden... Read More →
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Chih-Chen Wei

Composer, University of Southern California (USA)
Chih-Chen Wei is an active composer. Her composition "Between Stream and Hills V -Odyssey" is available in the album "Viola Works by American Female Composers,"Centaur Records (CRC 3332), recorded by violist Hsiaopei Lee and pianist ChialingHsieh; “Farewell” in the album “Ten... Read More →
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Hsiaopei Lee

University of Southern Mississippi (USA)
Hsiaopei Lee, Taiwanese violist, joined the string faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi in the fall of 2005. She has previously taught viola and chamber music at the Starling String Project, University of Cincinnati. Additionally she coached many talented violists as... Read More →
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Yoshiaki Onishi

Composer
Japanese-American composer and conductor Yoshiaki Onishi received his doctorate in music composition from Columbia University (USA) in 2015. As a composer, he has worked on commissions that have come from such festivals and organizations as Philharmonie Luxembourg, Takefu International... Read More →


Wednesday November 21, 2018 13:45 - 14:45
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

13:45

Timothy Ridout Master Class
Viola Masterclass with Timothy Ridout

Selected students:
Anna Jurriaanse - Röntgen sonata in C, 1st mvt.
Katharina Rußland - Schumann Märchenbilder, 1st and 2nd mvt.
Mila Kastelein - Bowen concerto in C, 1st mvt.

Daniël Kramer IVC pianist

Artists
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Daniël Kramer

IVC Pianist
Daniël Kramer is known as a many-sided and impassioned pianist.He took up his main studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Håkon Austbø, also taking regular lessons with Claude Helffer in Paris. In 2000 he was awarded his performance diploma, with distinction.In 2007 he... Read More →
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Timothy Ridout

Featured Artist
Since winning 1st Prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2016, Timothy has gone on to perform widely internationally. Concerto engagements during 2018/19 include a residency with Baden-Baden Philharmonie and appearances with the Hamburg Symphony, Tonhalle Orchester... Read More →


Wednesday November 21, 2018 13:45 - 14:45
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

14:50

Talk Show 1: Composing for the Viola
Venue: Foyer of the Hofpleintheater

Talk Show with interviews / round table discussion about composing for the viola .

Max Knigge, Moderator and violist-composer
Leo Samama, IVC2018 Composer in Residence (brother of violist)
Atar Arad, violist-composer
Anne Lanzilotti, violist-composer



Moderators
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Max Knigge

Conductor, Composer
Max Knigge (1984) studied viola and composition at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. His compositions are adventurous and based on resonance, created in narrow collaborationship with the musicians. His works are performed by Nederlands Kamerorkest, Residentie Orkest, Nobuko Imai, Ensemble... Read More →

Speakers
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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 →

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Anne Lanzilotti

Composer
A fierce advocate of contemporary music, Anne Lanzilotti has distinguished herself by collaboratingwith composers of her generation. She is currently commissioning new works for viola by AnnaThorvaldsdottir, Andrew Norman, and Scott Wollschleger as a part of The 20/19 Project. Lanzilotti... Read More →
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Atar Arad

Featured Artist, Composer, Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington (USA)
Israeli violist and composer Atar Arad teaches at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington. He regularly gives masterclasses around the world. He won the first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in 1972, and toured the world as a soloist with major... Read More →


Wednesday November 21, 2018 14:50 - 15:40
Venue: Other (see Description)

15:50

Atar Arad Master Class
Viola Masterclass with Atar Arad

Selected Students:
Zachary Hamilton - Brahms Op.120 No.2 in Eb, 1st mvt.
Yue Yu - Bartok, 2nd mvt.
Anuschka Pedano - Clarke sonata, 1st mvt.

Caecilia Boschman IVC Pianist

Artists
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Atar Arad

Featured Artist, Composer, Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington (USA)
Israeli violist and composer Atar Arad teaches at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington. He regularly gives masterclasses around the world. He won the first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in 1972, and toured the world as a soloist with major... Read More →
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Caecilia Boschman

IVC Pianist
Caecilia Boschman studied piano with Frans van Hoek at the Conservatory in Rotterdamwhere she graduated both as a teacher and as a soloist. After graduation she went on tostudy with Jan Wijn. Caecilia took masterclasses with Imogen Cooper, Horacio Gutierrez enOxana Yablonskaja.Caecilia... Read More →


Wednesday November 21, 2018 15:50 - 16:50
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

17:00

Mozart’s Scordatura for Viola
Programme:

1) Sinfonia Concertante KV 364 for Violin, Viola and Orchestra,
      W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)

2) Sinfonia Concertante KV Anh. 104 (320e) for Violin, Viola, Cello and Orchestra,
      W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) / A. Solbiati (1956)

Daniela Macchione, musicologist and speaker
Alessandro Solbiati, composer
Gianluca Saggini, viola; Daniele Orlando violin solo;  Giulio Ferretti cello solo

This session starts with a Lecture which will be addressing the scordatura as a resource for players and composers, and will be delivered by the musiologist Daniela Macchione (historical perspective), the violist Gianluca Saggini (performer’s perspective) with the participation of Alessandro Solbiati, the Italian composer who was commissioned by “I Solisti Aquilani” to make a completion – more than a simple reconstruction – of Sinfonia Concertante KV Anh. 104 (320e). The recital will feature Saggini on the mistuned viola, together with the “I Solisti Aquilani” orchestra and its violin and cello soloists, playing Mozart’s KV 364 and the completed first movement of KV Anh. 104. The ensemble adopts classic bows and a pitch adjusted on 432Hz.

I Solisti Aquilani was founded in 1968. The ensemble comprises high-calibre musicians with
interchangeable roles so to enable them to perform extremely demanding and virtuosic works.
Their repertoire embraces a wide range of musical epochs, from the Baroque to the
contemporary.
I Solisti Aquilani have established themselves to be one of the most prestigious chamber orchestras in Italy. Through his 50 years career I Solisti Aquilani have made numerous highly-praised tours in Europe, the Middle and Far East, Africa and America. They have played in the best concert halls in Central and South America, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Lebanon, Malta, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Yugoslavia, Esthonia, Lithuania, Vietnam, Singapore, Kazakhstan.  During last year they played in Berliner Philharmonie, Strasbourg - Cité de la musique, Milan -Auditorium Cariplo, Rieti - Teatro Flavio Vespasiano.


Artists
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Daniela Macchione

Musicologist
Daniela Macchione. I am an Italian musicologist (Ph.D. Rome 2004), currently serving as ManagingEditor of the series of critical editions “Works of Gioachino Rossini” (Bärenreiter Verlag, Kassel,Germany) for which I co-edited the first volume “Chamber Vocal Music”(2007, together... Read More →
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Daniele Orlando

Violin
Student of Dénes Szigmondy – descendant of the celebrated schools of Z. Francescatti and C.Flesch - Daniele Orlando specialized with Ana Chumachenco and Boris Kuschnir.He was a member of Claudio Abbado’s Mozart Orchestra and since 2014 he is the Concertmasterof I Solisti Aquilani... Read More →
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Gianluca Saggini

Gianluca Saggini. I’m the Violist of Quartetto Bernini and the Principal Viola of the Chamberensemble I Solisti Aquilani, with whom I regularly perform also as soloist.My Teacher was Giusto Cappone, Berliner Philharmoniker Solo Viola under Karajan. Next I studiedalso overseas under... Read More →
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Giulio Ferretti

Cello
Giulio Ferretti is the Solo Cellist of the renowned Chamber Orchestra I Solisti Aquilani, with whomhe has an intense concert activity, usually performing also as a soloist and collaborating with artists such as Mischa Maisky, Giovanni Sollima, Krzysztof Penderecki, Vladimir Ashkenazy... Read More →
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I Solisti Aquilani

Chamber Orchestra
I Solisti Aquilani was founded in 1968. The ensemble comprises high-calibre musicians withinterchangeable roles so to enable them to perform extremely demanding and virtuosic works.Their repertoire embraces a wide range of musical epochs, from the Baroque to thecontemporary.I Solisti... Read More →


Wednesday November 21, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

18:00

Viola Pitch
Venue: Foyer Hofpleintheater
Possibility to make an announcement or...

Wednesday November 21, 2018 18:00 - 18:10
Venue: Other (see Description)

20:00

Music for Viola and Carillon
Venue:  Laurenskerk, square outside of church

IVC2018 Co-Host and violist Karin Dolman joins Rotterdam City Carillonneur Richard de Waardt in the bell tower of the Laurenskerk, to premiere the piece "Cadenzas and Songs" by IVC2018 Composer-in-Residence Leo Samama.
The piece will be performed twice; in-between Karin will play Spiegel im Spiegel from Arvo Pärt on the bells by her home town carillonneur, Boudewijn Zwart (Dordrecht).


Speakers
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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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Boudewijn Zwart

Carillonneur
Boudewijn Zwart (Amersfoort, 1962) is a Dutch carillonneur, organist and pianist.  He comes from a well-known organist family.  He studied carillon at the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort and piano (main subject) at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam (the forerunner... Read More →
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Karin Dolman

IVC2018 Co-host and Artistic Director, Dutch Viola Society
Violist Karin Dolman studied violin and viola at the Rotterdam music academy. She had masterclasses with Bruno Giuranna, Wolfram Christ, Flodor Druschinin and an intensive course with Kim Kashkashian. Karin won a prize at  the Lionel Tertis viola competition for modern classical... Read More →


Wednesday November 21, 2018 20:00 - 20:20
Venue: Other (see Description)

20:30

Lawrence Power with Laurenscantorij and Codarts Chamber Orchestra
Venue: Sint Laurenskerk (St. Lawrence cathedral)

Programme:
Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite, op.40
William Alwyn: Pastoral fantasia for viola and strings
Giacomo Puccini: Requiem for choir, viola and organ
- Intermission -
Franz Schubert: Gesang der Geister über den Wassern D714
Hayo Boerema: Messe solennelle for choir, vocal soloists, viola, organ and percussion (world premiere in new version)

Artists:                 
Lawrence Power, viola
Hayo Boerema, organ
Laurenscantorij, conducted by Wiecher Mandemaker
Codarts Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Igor Gruppman, with percussion and vocal soloists

Description:
Wiecher Mandemaker and the Laurenscantorij are joined by numerous guest musicians to commemorate a joyful occasion: Fifty years ago, the post-war restoration works of the Laurenskerk (St. Lawrence Cathedral) were completed. Being also an integral part of the IVC2018 concert series, the special guest soloist this evening is Lawrence Power.
For more than 50 years, the ambitious Laurenscantorij performs choral repertoire of all musical styles. Conducted by Wiecher Mandemaker, this choir works closely together with the church organist and composer Hayo Boerema. The new version of Boerema's Messe solennelle, in which he added a solo viola voice to the ensemble, is premiered on this occasion (the original version was premiered in June 2017). The programme furthermore offers music by Grieg, Alwyn, Puccini and Schubert.
This concert is organized by our IVC2018 Partner, De Doelen Rotterdam.

Artists
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Hayo Boerema

Organist, Composer, Laurenskerk Rotterdam
As titular organist of the Marcussen organ in the St Lawrence Church in Rotterdam, Hayo seeks to make the organ and it's manyfold possibilities in sound and musical style more accesible to a broader audience. With his musical interpretations, Hayo continually tries to look for contrasts... Read More →
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Igor Gruppman

Conductor
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Laurenscantorij

Choir
The Laurenscantorij is a semiprofessional choir, rooted in the heart of Rotterdam.  For 50 years, the ambitious company has been singing choir literature from all style periods in the Grote of Sint Laurenskerk in Rotterdam and far beyond.  The choir is under the inspiring leadership... Read More →
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Lawrence Power

Featured Artist
Lawrence Power is one of today’s foremost violists, in demand worldwide as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber music partner.Over the past decade, he has become a regular guest performer with orchestras of the highest calibre.  Highlights in 2017-18 include his debut with... Read More →


Wednesday November 21, 2018 20:30 - 22:30
Venue: Other (see Description)

23:15

Famous Songs from the Fado Repertoire
Venue:  SOCIETEIT MATRIX

Artists
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Ana Alves

Ana Alves began her musical studies in ARTAVE in 2005. She attended master classes with teachers Ryszard Woycicki, Marc Tooten, Pedro Muñoz, Aida-Carmen Soanea, Luis Magin Muñiz, Kenneth Martinson, Ana Bela Chaves, Jon Thorne, Guy Ben-Ziony, Ivo van der Werff, Tatjana Masurenko... Read More →
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Jorge Alves

Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE)
Viola professor and head of chamber music at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espetáculo – Porto, Jorge Alves is also the violist of the Matosinhos String Quartet With this group, he performs regularly in Portugal and abroad, collaborating with some of the most prominent... Read More →
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Lusitanea Ensemble

Lusitanea Ensemble bios:Emilia Alves graduated in Viola by Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo with Ryszard Wóycicki.Worked with Atar Arad at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Master in Education Sciences byFaculdade de Educação e Psicologia e Escola das Artes... Read More →


Wednesday November 21, 2018 23:15 - 23:45
Venue: Other (see Description)
 
Thursday, November 22
 

09:00

Friends of Viola in the USSR
As viola educationalist in Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk, currently I am ending my PhD on Questions of Performance and Interpretation. Regarding Selected Viola Works: Fyodor Druzhinin’s 1959 Sonata for Viola Solo and Mieczysław Weinberg’s 1982 Sonata for Viola Solo No.3, Op.135, which I`m planning to finish in March 2018. I would like to share knowledge and performance experience on the 45th International Viola Congress in Rotterdam 2018.

Speakers
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Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf

Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf has for many years been among the eminent polish musicians of his generation. At age seven he started playing the violin. He comes from a family with deep musical traditions and is a descendant of the eminent Polish composer Michal Kleofas Oginski (1765-1833).He... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 09:00 - 09:30
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

09:00

Master Class Jorge Alves
Master Class with Jorge Alves, "The Inner Mental Dance of Playing "
Students:
Ezgi Özer: Penderecki Cadenza
Lynn Rudolph: Bach solo sonata
Toby Holden: Walton viola concerto. 3rd movement

Caecilia Boschman, IVC Pianist


Artists
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Caecilia Boschman

IVC Pianist
Caecilia Boschman studied piano with Frans van Hoek at the Conservatory in Rotterdamwhere she graduated both as a teacher and as a soloist. After graduation she went on tostudy with Jan Wijn. Caecilia took masterclasses with Imogen Cooper, Horacio Gutierrez enOxana Yablonskaja.Caecilia... Read More →
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Jorge Alves

Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo (ESMAE)
Viola professor and head of chamber music at the Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espetáculo – Porto, Jorge Alves is also the violist of the Matosinhos String Quartet With this group, he performs regularly in Portugal and abroad, collaborating with some of the most prominent... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 2 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

09:00

Music, Space and the Moon (1)
Max participants: 20
Interactive workshop session to stimulate the participants (musicians!) to think and develop ideas or musical projects inspired by space and the Moon.
A series of Artscience projects have been developed such as organising concerts, global performances in space facilities, giving musical performance with space sounds or visuals in congresses, developing musical content for a miniaturised gallery that can be sent to space or to the Moon.
Moderator: Prof Bernard Foing, senior space scientist at the European Space Agency (ESA), MoonMars explorer. He has studied viola and chamber music with Kristos Michalakakos, Pierre Pasquier and Simone Feyrabend, played in various chamber music groups (including now ESTEC Space Strings) and orchestras, and produced number of concerts and artscience events.


Speakers
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Bernard Foing

European Space Agency
Prof Bernard Foing, senior space scientist at the European Space Agency (ESA), MoonMars explorer. He has studied viola and chamber music with Kristos Michalakakos, Pierre Pasquier and Simone Feyrabend, played in various chamber music groups (including now ESTEC Space Strings) and... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 4 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

09:00

Workshop Karen Tuttle Bowing Technique (1)
Daphne Gerling explains the principles behind the bowing techniques taught by the late American pedagogue Karen Tuttle, emphasizing the physical comfort of playing. In this interactive workshop we will explore the relationship between the breath, posture, balance, and weight in the motions of viola playing.

Open for inscribed participants only.

Artists
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Daphne Gerling

University of North Texas (USA)
Violist Daphne Gerling was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to a musical family. She enjoys a versatile career as a teacher, chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist performing on both modern and baroque viola in leading venues across the U.S., Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, England... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 3 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

09:30

The Sixth Source: Creating Your Own Edition of Bach’s Cello Suites
The lack of an autograph manuscript for Bach’s Cello Suites presents performers with a puzzling question: which edition should I use? Answer: your own! By studying the five original sources in facsimile, every violist can create their own edition, and can themselves become the “Sixth Source”. This process helps all performers to form a deeper connection to the music. In this session, I will present my method for developing one’s own edition, and show the myriad musical benefits learned from this intimate engagement with Bach’s masterpieces.

This project is necessary because the autograph manuscript of the suites is lost, so there exists no definitive source to which performers can refer. Instead, the closest sources available are four copyists’ manuscripts and the first published edition. The lack of a single definitive source explains the proliferation of published editions: over 100 for cello and over 20 for viola. While many of these editions are valuable, they all represent one person’s individual perspective.

This sheer number of editions can seem daunting to someone approaching the suites for the first time. Instead of evaluating the hundreds of published editions, a more engaging and exciting alternative exists: creating your own edition. I have developed a method which streamlines the process of comparing and evaluating the sources. My method enables violists to look for similarities across sources while also discovering the unique aspects of each. Additionally, this process allows for the incorporation of the performer’s own opinion and preference, based on a thorough and informed consideration of the sources.

This session closely aligns with the IVC’s theme, part 2: “Exploring unusual and different ways of performing canonical repertoire.” Anyone who embarks on this study will gain a unique and individual perspective to these beloved works, in addition to other widespread benefits. First, they will have their own edition of the suites for personal and professional use. Second, by its very nature, the close analysis involved in this project will give violists a deeper understanding of these works than if they had simply learned the notes from a published edition. Finally, they will experience the practical, performance-oriented results of manuscript study, which can serve as an easy and hands-on introduction to this field of musical study.

In this session, I will describe the need for this study, share my method through images and a PowerPoint presentation, discuss its benefits, and share practical troubleshooting advice.

Artists
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Andrew Braddock

Western Kentucky University (USA)
Violist Andrew Braddock is currently on the faculty of Western Kentucky University (WKU) and the WKU Pre-College Strings Program. He teaches viola at the university and maintains a full pre-college studio of young violinists and violists, and serves as the Director of the WKU Summer... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 09:30 - 10:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

10:00

Master Class Katrin Meidell
Selected students:
Esther Fernandez Olalla: Walton viola concerto, 1st mvt.
Christina Schoonakker: Bartok viola concerto , 1st mvt.
Rebecca Stubbs: Arthur Bliss sonata, 1st mvt.

Daniël Kramer, IVC Pianist

Artists
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Daniël Kramer

IVC Pianist
Daniël Kramer is known as a many-sided and impassioned pianist.He took up his main studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Håkon Austbø, also taking regular lessons with Claude Helffer in Paris. In 2000 he was awarded his performance diploma, with distinction.In 2007 he... Read More →
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Katrin Meidell

Columbus State University (USA)
Violist Katrin Meidell, DMA, enjoys a prolific career as a performer, pedagogue, and lecturer. Her diverse abilities have taken her across the USA, to Canada, Finland, Austria, Poland, Brazil, and New Zealand. A strong proponent of new music, she consistently premieres works commissioned... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 2 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

10:00

Resonance Training for Violists (2)
Workshop on Resonanzlehre

In this workshop, participants learn the basics of the Resonance Training for musicians (originally ‘Resonanzlehre’). Resonance Training is a musical sound body practice to enhance quality of sound, freedom of movement and richness of emotional expression. Quality of sound means that the musician creates the sound quality s/he wishes to appear in the room. Freedom of movement means lightness in the movement and full ability for the musician to respond and react to the sound as it is. Richness of emotional expression means that how the musician feels the music is fully represented in the sound waves at the ears of the listeners. The key sentence of Resonance Training is: “The more resonant the sound, the freer the musical movement.”

Artists
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Yanna Pelser

Dutch violist and Resonance coach Yanna Pelser studied classical viola in Rotterdam, Detmold andTilburg with teachers Gisella Bergman and Diemut Poppen.After finishing her master's degree she received two grants (VSB-fonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds), to finance a special education... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 4 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

10:00

Workshop Karen Tuttle Bowing Technique (2)
Daphne Gerling explains the principles behind the bowing techniques taught by the late American pedagogue Karen Tuttle, emphasizing the physical comfort of playing. In this interactive workshop we will explore the relationship between the breath, posture, balance, and weight in the motions of viola playing.

Repeat of the 09.00 session, not a follow-on.
Open for inscribed participants only.

Artists
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Daphne Gerling

University of North Texas (USA)
Violist Daphne Gerling was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to a musical family. She enjoys a versatile career as a teacher, chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist performing on both modern and baroque viola in leading venues across the U.S., Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, England... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 3 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

11:10

The Life and Music of Christoph Graupner with particular focus on the two concertos for viola d’amore and viola
This presentation will discuss the life and compositions of German composer Christoph Graupner (1683-1760), a contemporary of Bach, Händel and Telemann. Graupner’s music was almost lost forever after his death due to his request that it should all be destroyed. For over two centuries it remained ‘out of bounds’ and it was not until the 1970s that access was fully reopened.

After providing the context in which Graupner was employed, and his position amongst his contemporaries, and his overall compositional output, the focus will shift to the many works in which he featured the viola d’amore and in particular the two double concertos for viola d’amore and viola. It will explore the reasons the viola d’amore was so highly regarded by him and will investigate scordatura possibilities other than the standard ADADFAD tuning most commonly used in the baroque era.

After sharing an innovative approach to scordatura notation to cover any potential tuning of the open strings, the presentation will conclude with a performance of the double concerto in A major GWV339 utilising a non-standard viola d’amore scordatura to maximise the instrument’s natural resonances.

Donald Maurice will be joined as co-soloist by Polish violist Marcin Murawski, with whom he made the world premiere recording of this work, released in 2017 by Acte Prealable, a Warsaw-based record company. They will arrive in Rotterdam directly from a project in Poland, filming performances of concertos by Graupner featuring the viola d’amore, on location in historic buildings.

The pedagogical approach to this project is to perform on modern instruments at A=440mz observing best practice in stylistic fidelity. Apart from the circumstances of performance mentioned above that identify with the conference theme of innovative approaches to performance, the filming project that immediately precedes this lecture recital, and which will be released in early 2019, aims to be a world leader in presenting ancient music with innovative 21st century media possibilities.

Maurice and Murawski each have produced extensive discographies in their own right and this collaboration between them has also played a role, through their respective embassies, in fostering a strong cultural relationship between Poland and New Zealand.

Performance: Concerto in A major GWV339 for viola d’amore and viola
Christoph Graupner (1683-1760)

Ensemble: 3/2/2/2/1 + continuo (clvc)
Annette-Barbara Vogel, Laura von der Goltz, (violin 1);
Kelvin Mun,  Hans van der Weide, Josca van Duijvendijk (violin 2)
Matthew Antal, Elyse Dalabakis (violas)
Keimpke Zigterman, cello

NOTE: A full premiere showing of the movie "Christoph Graupner: For viola d'amore and more" will be given this afternoon at 16:30h in Studio 5 => link: https://ivc2018.sched.com/event/IwUF


Artists
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Donald Maurice

Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
Donald Maurice has performed internationally for over four decades as viola soloist, chamber musician and conductor, and has given world premieres of many compositions. He has been awarded the Silver Alto Clef by the International Viola Society, honorary life membership of the American... Read More →
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Marcin Murawski

Academy of Music, Poznan (Poland)
Marcin Murawski (born 29 October 1974 in Poznań) studied viola at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan with his father, professor Andrzej Murawski, graduating with distinction in 1998. Further studies were with Claus Myrup in Aarhus, Denmark. He subsequently earned his doctorate and post-doctorate habilitation, between... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 11:10 - 12:00
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

12:00

Lunch
Venue: Zadkine restaurant TBC

Thursday November 22, 2018 12:00 - 13:00
Venue: Other (see Description)

12:00

IVS section meeting
Venue: Zadkine or DNB


Thursday November 22, 2018 12:00 - 15:00
Venue: Other (see Description)

13:00

"The Well-tempered Viola" - Sounds from Middle and South America
The Well-Tempered Viola - Sounds from Middle and South America

Rafael Díaz - Enojado Allá Arriba, for amplified viola
   (English Title: “Will There be Someone Whose Hands Can Sustain This Falling?”)
Georgina Isabel Rossi viola

Modesta Bor - Sonata for viola and piano
Beatriz Lockhart - Capricho Montevideano for viola and piano
Orquídea Guandique-Araniva viola, Fernando Zuñiga-Chanto piano

Juan Esteban Cuacci  - Cromado
Cromado 1    
Loquedia 1    
Cromado 13    
Sheska        
Cromado 7    
Gato Sueco    
Silvina Alvarez viola, Juan Esteban Cuacci piano

Programme Notes:

Rafael Díaz (composition faculty, Universidad de Chile), is an ethnomusicologist whose compositions live and breathe the language and song of Andean indigenous culture. His writing is a rare exhibit of a sincere and familiar pining for communication. The piece "Enojado Allá Arriba" makes use of amplification and noticeable reverb to generate the effect of a lone voice calling out from a mountain-top. The poetic tunes are idiosyncratically expressed through the teeth of tremolando or  bird-like continuous trilling.

Modesta Bor was a Venezuelan composer and studied composition in Caracas with Vicente Emilio Sojo, graduating in 1959, and later, studied with Khachaturian at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (1960-62).
The Sonata for viola and piano was composed in 1960 according with her first compositional period, embedded with the nationalistic movement of her time.

Beatriz Lockhart is and Uruguayan composer. She studied in Uruguay with Carlos Estrada and Héctor Tosar. From 1969 to 1970 she attended the Di Tella Institute in Buenos Aires to study composition and electronic music with Ginastera, Gandini and Kroepfl. During that period, she wrote orchestral, chamber and piano works, and electronic music.



Artists
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Fernando Zuñiga-Chanto

Pianist, Universidad de Costa Rica
Born in Costa Rica, Fernando Zúñiga is equally at home when playing bassoon or piano. Sought after as a collaborative pianist, orchestral bassoonist, and chamber musician both in bassoon and piano, Fernando’s international appearances include the International Double Reed Society... Read More →
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Georgina Isabel Rossi

Chilean-American violist Georgina Rossi uses music to distinguish the individual voice within the din. Born and raised in Santiago, Ms. Rossi performs throughout South America and the United States; most recently she had debuts with the Orquesta Sinfónica Uncuyo in Mendoza, under... Read More →
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Juan Esteban Cuacci

Pianist, Composer
Juan Esteban Cuacci was born 1973 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a self-taught musician, multi-instrumentalist and composer.In 2014, he was named Outstanding Personality of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires by the city government.He started his professional career at the age... Read More →
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Orquídea Guandique-Araniva

Universidad de Costa Rica
Violist Orquídea Guandique-Araniva teaches Viola and Music History at the Universidad de Costa Rica since 2011.She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona, where she also received a Master of Music degree, and graduated with honors from the Universidad... Read More →
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Silvina Alvarez

Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra
Born in Córdoba, Argentina. Silvina studied mainly with Humberto Carfi and José Bondar.In 2002 she moved to Europe where she studied with Alan Kovacs, (Madrid), Bruno Giuranna (Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland) where she obtained the Diploma of Master in... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 13:00 - 13:55
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

13:00

Anima Nova Soundpost Demonstration 1
Venue:  Hofpleintheater, Studio 5
Pál Molnar demonstrates the Anima Nova soundpost by installing it live in a viola.
Volunteer violas are welcome, contact the Anima Nova Exhibit in the foyer.

Thursday November 22, 2018 13:00 - 14:00
Venue: Other (see Description)

14:00

Italian Romantic Viola Premiere Celebration
Programme:
Tullio Serafin (1878-1968) 50th anniversary celebration from death,
Lecture with presentation slides of Tullio Serafin's musical Art and tradition.

Tullio Serafin (presumed composer) - Sonata "in mi"  (1899) (premiere)
Allegro appassionato (in mi minore);
Scherzo (Vivacissimo) - Trio (Più tranquillo) - I° Tempo - Coda;
Adagio - Agitato - 1° Tempo più Sostenuto;
Allegro con fuoco (in mi magg.).
Stefano Carlini  viola,  Yoko Kimura piano

Artists
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Stefano Carlini

G.Verdi State Conservatory in Milan (Italy)
STEFANO CARLINI violist, player in Duo viola-piano with O. Rubanova, has had a brilliant multi-faceted career as viola soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, opera orchestra conductor, professor, jury member, artistic director of Opera Giocosa Italiana, and researcher. Highlights... Read More →
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Yoko Kimura

Pianist, G. Verdi Conservatory of Milan (Italy)
Born in Tokyo (JAPAN) after studying in her hometown the same year she was unanimously admitted to the Masterclass (the two-year specialization course) of M ° Jacque Rouvier at the Conservatoire National de Région de Marseille, in France.2001 she moved to Italy, studied piano at... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 14:00 - 14:30
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

14:00

Music by Georges Enescu and Arthur Benjamin.
Georges Enescu (arr. for viola by E. Goldstein)
>  Violin sonata no. 3
Arthur Benjamin (arr. William Primrose):
 >  From San Domingo - Mattie Rag - Jamaican Rhumba

Programme Notes:
In this new transcription for viola and piano, Enescu’s 3rd violin sonata was met with critical acclaim at Bucharest’s Atheneum in November 2017. This program also features lesser-known works by Arthur Benjamin arranged by William Primrose, including unpublished compositions only available in manuscript form.


Artists
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Angela Draghicescu

Pianist
Hailed by the New York Times as “elegant and spectacular”, pianist Angela Drăghicescu has quickly established an international reputation as a much sought-after pianist and chamber musician. She performs regularly in major centers throughout the world with many of this generation’s... Read More →
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Elias Goldstein

Elias Goldstein won second prize at the Primrose International Viola Competition in 2011, and made his Russian debut with the Moscow Soloists and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. He took second prize at the Bashmet International Viola Competition, and was also a top prize-winner... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 14:00 - 14:30
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

14:30

Master Class Jutta Puchhammer - Pièces de Concours
Master Class: Pièces de Concours
Jutta Puchhammer: Firket Concertino

Students:
Yuxin Chen:  Rougnon - Allegro Appassionato
Jonas Meenderink:  Grovlez Romance, Scherzo et Finale

Caecilia Boschman
, IVC PIanist

Artists
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Caecilia Boschman

IVC Pianist
Caecilia Boschman studied piano with Frans van Hoek at the Conservatory in Rotterdamwhere she graduated both as a teacher and as a soloist. After graduation she went on tostudy with Jan Wijn. Caecilia took masterclasses with Imogen Cooper, Horacio Gutierrez enOxana Yablonskaja.Caecilia... Read More →
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Jutta Puchhammer

Université de Montreal (Canada)
Born in Vienna, Jutta Puchhammer is principal viola of the Laval Symphonie Orchestra and full professor for viola and chamber music at the Université de Montreal (Canada). She has toured extensively as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and lecturer, giving masterclasses in... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 14:30 - 15:30
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

14:30

Master Class Stefano Carlini
Master Class Stefano Carlini:  "Enrico Polo Solo Viola Sonatas"
Students:
Uilleac Whelan,  Enrico Polo sonata no.2, mvt. 1+2
Daniel Espinoza, Enrico Polo sonata no.2, mvt. 3+4

Description:
This Masterclass is used to expose unknown music by the Italian violinist and violist Enrico Polo, born Nov. 18th, 1868 (exactly 150 years ago). Polo studied with Joseph Joachim in Berlin (among others), and was well known as a close friend of conductor Arturo Toscanini. He was an influential professor of violin at the Conservatory of Milan for more than 30 years, and he composed several important pedagogical volumes, as well as transcribed, arranged and edited many works for violin and viola.

Artists
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Stefano Carlini

G.Verdi State Conservatory in Milan (Italy)
STEFANO CARLINI violist, player in Duo viola-piano with O. Rubanova, has had a brilliant multi-faceted career as viola soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, opera orchestra conductor, professor, jury member, artistic director of Opera Giocosa Italiana, and researcher. Highlights... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 14:30 - 15:30
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

16:00

Sound images from Africa: Exposing New and Unknown Repertoire for the Viola
Programme:

SOUND IMAGES FROM AFRICA

Tshepo Tsotetsi - Glances and a Glass of Wine, jazz composition for Solo viola and ensemble (premiere)
Jeanne-Louise Moolman, solo viola
Ensemble: Louise Lansdown, Elmarie van der Vyver and Lynn Rudolph, violas;
Krystyna Kulisiewicz, double bass

Hendrik Hofmeyr - Sonata for viola and piano (1st and 2nd movements)
I. Meditabondo – Andante – Irrequieto
II. Fiabesco – Cullante
Jeanne-Louise Moolman viola,  Daniël Kramer IVC pianist

Mokale Koapeng - The Boabab Dance, for viola and piano (premiere)


TRANSCRIPT

Niel van der Watt - Wildflowers of the Drakensberg for viola and piano;
- Varkblom (Arum Lily) – Zantedeschia albomaculata
- Kruidjie-roer-my-nie (Gurty-touch-me-not) - Melianthus villusus
- Krismisklokkies (Butter lily) – Littonia modesta
- Pynappelblom (Pineapple Flower) – Eucombus humilis
- Wilde Braambessie (Wild Blackberry) – Rubus cuneifolius
- Sewejaartjies (Everlastings) – Helichrysum squamosum
- Suikerbos (Sugar bush) – Protea simplex

Franco Prinsloo - Die Gebreekte Snaar (The Broken String) for viola and looping station (world premiere)

Franco Prinsloo - Sonatina (viola and piano)
Introduzione - Scherzo - Song - Transcription - Finale
Elmarie van der Vyver viola, Mathilda Hornsveld piano


Programme Notes:

Die Gebreekte Snaar (The Broken String) - Franco Prinsloo:
The first people of South Africa, Stone-Age hunters and gatherers from the mountains and the arid flats of the interior, did not survive the arrival of settlers from Europe. Within decades an ancient world of sorcerers, hunters and artists were lost forever, along with the stories they told”. (Bennun, 2004: cover)
In this lamentation for solo viola and loop pedal composer, Franco Prinsloo, explores the poetry of the nineteenth century /Xam poet, Diä!kwain, as archived in the acclaimed Bleek & Lloyd collection. “The poet laments the reality that he is disconnected from the place that was once his. The string with which he made the rain, has broken. His home has become unfamiliar to him and he is unable to hear its ‘rippling sound through the air’”. (Krog, 2004: 8)
The archive records eighty-seven legends, myths and other traditional stories of the ǀXam people in their now-extinct language. The stories were collected through interviews with various narrators, chief among them: ǀA!kunta, ǁKabbo, Diäǃkwain, ǃKweiten ta ǁken and ǀHanǂkasso.
These tales were written down and translated by Bleek and his sister-in-law Lloyd. Bleek died in 1875, but Lloyd continued transcribing ǀXam narratives after his death.
It is thanks to her efforts that some of the narratives were eventually published, which also includes sketches of rock art attributed to South African indigenous people, |Xam and some ǃXun narratives.
The composition, one in a series of works, aims to explore the natural inflection of the translated text (in this case the Afrikaans translation by acclaimed poet, Antjie Krog). The composition relies, much like vocal music, on the emotive emphasis of phrasing and natural narrative infelction of the text. The text is indicated bellow the music, not to be sung by the player, but rather to assist the instrumentalist in interpreting the musical language and to contemplate the text while performing. This allows the interpreter and listener to enter into a contemplation and conversation with the text musically.
The composer has set both English and Afrikaans translations of the text to music. This resulted in two very different and unique musical structures based on the unique rhythm and inflection of the respective spoken languages.

Hendrik Hofmeyr: Sonata for viola and piano
The first movement of the Sonata for Viola and Piano is based on a free adaptation of sonata form. The
introductory theme for the solo viola (Meditabondo) evolves from a melodic cell x which turns around a
central note. This cell recurrs in many guises throughout the work, and serves as a cyclic motto. A lyrical
theme (Andante) is announced on the piano, and then taken up by the viola, accompanied by a countermelody derived from the same material. A restless canonic section (Irrequieto), based on a faster theme and a chromatic semiquaver figure, both derived from the introductory material, leads to a climax which marks the end of the exposition. A brief cadenza for the viola leads to a fugal development section, the subject of which is derived from the lyrical theme, while the counter-subject is based on the semiquaver figure. A second subject, based on the faster theme, is introduced and combined with the first subject. This culminates in a climactic varied reprise of the opening idea, which marks the start of the recapitulation.

The ternary slow movement starts with an incantatory melody generated entirely from natural harmonics on the viola. A faster variant of this idea is taken up by the piano as counter-melody to a new theme on the
viola, which grows from the x motif. The middle section is formed by a mysterious lullaby, based on a
setting of William Blake’s A Cradle Song, which explores the chromatic third relationships on which much
of the tonal structure of the outer movements is also based. After the varied return of the first section, the
movement concludes with a brief coda, in which elements of the two sections are juxtaposed.



Artists
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Daniël Kramer

IVC Pianist
Daniël Kramer is known as a many-sided and impassioned pianist.He took up his main studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Håkon Austbø, also taking regular lessons with Claude Helffer in Paris. In 2000 he was awarded his performance diploma, with distinction.In 2007 he... Read More →
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Elmarie van der Vyver

Elmarie van der Vyver was born in Delareyville in South Africa in 1965. She started studying the violin at a young age with Alan Solomon, and the piano with, amongst others , Pauline Nossel. Her musical career as a young player were formed by playing in the string orchestras of Alan... Read More →
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Jeanne-Louise Moolman

University of the Free State, South Africa
I am the violist of the Odeion String Quartet and senior lecturer at the Odeion School of Music at the University of the Free State in South Africa. As soloist, I’ve performed with various orchestras in the South African and given numerous recitals in my country. In 2012, I was... Read More →
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Louise Lansdown

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Louise Lansdown was appointed Head of Strings at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2012. Louise is the founder of the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition and Festival, launched at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in October 2014, as well as being the founder and President... Read More →
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Mathilda Hornsveld

Pianist
Mathilda Hornsveld graduated with a B Mus (Performers) from the University of Pretoria. She joined Pact (Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal) as a pianist in 1980 with the inception of its Permanent Opera Chorus. In this capacity, and subsequently as repetiteur, coach and backstage... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 16:00 - 17:00
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

16:30

Movie: Premiere of "Christoph Graupner: For viola d'amore and more"
Premiere showing of the movie "Christoph Graupner: For viola d'amore and more", a special film project by Donald Maurice and Marcin Murawski.
The description of this project is presented in this morning's lecture recital at 11:00
[link: https://sched.co/Epq4]

Artists
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Donald Maurice

Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
Donald Maurice has performed internationally for over four decades as viola soloist, chamber musician and conductor, and has given world premieres of many compositions. He has been awarded the Silver Alto Clef by the International Viola Society, honorary life membership of the American... Read More →
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Marcin Murawski

Academy of Music, Poznan (Poland)
Marcin Murawski (born 29 October 1974 in Poznań) studied viola at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan with his father, professor Andrzej Murawski, graduating with distinction in 1998. Further studies were with Claus Myrup in Aarhus, Denmark. He subsequently earned his doctorate and post-doctorate habilitation, between... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 16:30 - 18:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 5 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

17:10

Romeo and Juliet
Scenes from Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" by actors,
accompanied by Prokofiev's "Romeo & Juliet" suite viola/piano (arr. Borisovsky);
Actors and Viola students from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Anthony Hewitt, piano

Students from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire will perform selected movements from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet arranged by the great Russian violist Vadim Borisovsky. Birmingham is close to Stratford-upon-Avon, a medieval market town in England’s West Midlands and the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The close geographical proximity of these two places, intrinsically links them and for this reason we feel a representation of the Bard’s famous tragedy is a challenge especially suited to our department. However, this will be a performance with a difference.  Actors will narrate our performance, punctuating the music with spoken excerpts from Shakespeare’s play to create a truly immersive experience.

The theme of the 2018 congress; Exploring New Ways to Perform will be wholly represented in this recital which will not only see an orchestral masterpiece reduced to a duo but a ballet transformed to a dramatic presentation combining word and music. This performance demonstrably relates to the first two specified points on the call for proposals: 1. Exploring how to create and/or reach more diverse audiences and 2. Exploring unusual and different ways of performing canonical repertoire.



Artists
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Anthony Hewitt

Pianist, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Anthony Hewitt is regarded as one of Britain’s most gifted pianists, and, since winning the prestigious William Kapell Competition in Washington D.C., has enjoyed a prolific performing career spanning two decades, including concerto appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra... Read More →
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Louise Lansdown

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Louise Lansdown was appointed Head of Strings at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2012. Louise is the founder of the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition and Festival, launched at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in October 2014, as well as being the founder and President... Read More →
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Lucy Nolan

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Dublin-born Lucy enjoys a busy career as a chamber musician and teacher. She moved to England in 2004 and graduated with highest honours from the Royal Northern College of Music. Lucy is a founding member of the Eblana String Trio and frequently guests with a number of Britain's leading... Read More →
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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Viola Class

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has a firmly established reputation for its outstanding violadepartment, partly due to its close links with the British and International Viola Societies. In 2014,the inaugural Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition and Festival took place inBirmingham... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 17:10 - 18:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

18:00

Viola Pitch
Venue: Hofplein theatre Foyer
Possibility to make an announcement or...

Thursday November 22, 2018 18:00 - 18:10
Venue: Other (see Description)

20:15

Celebrating 105th Birthday of Benjamin Britten
Venue: De Doelen, Jurriaanse Zaal

Programme:
Benjamin Britten: Elegy, for solo viola
Yuval Gotlibovich: Sonata for Viola and Piano Left Hand
Frank Bridge: Lament, for 2 violas
- intermission - 
Benjamin Britten: Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, op.10
Atar Arad: Concerto for viola and strings, “Ceci n’est pas un Bach” (world premiere)
Atar Arad: Caprice no. 9, “Benjamin”, for solo viola
Benjamin Britten: Lachrymae, Reflections on a song of Dowland, op. 48a

Artists:
Nobuko Imai, viola
Atar Arad, viola
Timothy Ridout, viola
Yuval Gotlibovich, viola
Noriko Yabe, piano
Utrecht Conservatory Strings, conducted by Mikhail Zemtsov

Description:

This evening, we celebrate the 105th birthday of Benjamin Britten, and in a wider sense, we celebrate the violist-composer, as in fact all composers on tonight's programme are (or were) also viola players.
Another theme of this programme is "master and apprentice": Britten had a close tie to Frank Bridge, with whom he studied composition. Bridge composed the viola duet Lament in 1912, and premiered it himself together with the great viola pioneer Lionel Tertis.
Kaleidoscopic echoes of all these relationships are provided by this evening's soloists. The renowned violist Nobuko Imai first plays Britten's Elegy for solo viola, and later she performs Bridge's Lament together with her own former pupil Timothy Ridout, who won the prestigious Tertis competition at age 20. In a parallel master-apprentice/violist-composer storyline, Yuval Gotlibovich, who was a student of viola virtuoso and composer Atar Arad, plays his own Sonata for Viola and Piano Left Hand.
After the intermission, the Utrecht Conservatory Strings contribute with the Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge, Brittens's personal homage to his teacher. The concerto Ceci n’est pas un Bach was written by Atar Arad especially for the 2018 International Viola Congress, and will be premiered by the composer himself. Arad also performs his own solo caprice no.9 Benjamin, the title of which obviously refers to the celebrated 105-year-old composer. Timothy Ridout concludes the evening with the classic Lachrymae by Britten, based on songs by John Dowland.

Artists
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Atar Arad

Featured Artist, Composer, Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington (USA)
Israeli violist and composer Atar Arad teaches at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington. He regularly gives masterclasses around the world. He won the first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in 1972, and toured the world as a soloist with major... Read More →
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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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Nobuko Imai

Featured Artist, Conservatory of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Nobuko Imai is considered one of the leading contemporary viola players. After completing her studies at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan, Yale University and the Juilliard School in the USA, she won top awards at the international competitions in Munich and Geneva. She combines... Read More →
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Noriko Yabe

IVC Pianist, Conservatory of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Noriko Yabe (Yokohama, Japan) studied with Fujiko Yamada at the Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, and later with Willem Brons at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Immediately after receiving her diploma, she was employed as répétiteur at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. She is also... Read More →
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Timothy Ridout

Featured Artist
Since winning 1st Prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2016, Timothy has gone on to perform widely internationally. Concerto engagements during 2018/19 include a residency with Baden-Baden Philharmonie and appearances with the Hamburg Symphony, Tonhalle Orchester... Read More →
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Utrecht Conservatory Strings

String Orchestra, HKU Utrecht School of Arts
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Yuval Gotlibovich

Yuval Gotlibovich is a performer, composer and teacher. As a violist he won first prize at the Lionel Tertis (UK), Fischoff (USA) and ‘Aviv’ (Israel) competitions. He performs regularly as a soloist, recitalist and is a regular guest at some of Europe’s main music festivals... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 20:15 - 22:15
Venue: Other (see Description)

23:00

"Night music” for Electric Viola & Electronics
Venue: SOCIETEIT MATRIX

"Night music” for electric viola & electronics
Henrik Frendin electric viola, Henrik Frisk  computer

Programme Notes:
Constructing an amplified string instrument without loss of acoustical sound character is not an easy task. The innovative Swedish instrument maker Richard Rolf has faced the challenge. In collaboration with Henrik Frendin, fifteen years of research were required to develop a unique invention with unprecedented sound qualities. The first prototype, a 5-string electric viola grande, was built in 2001. Ten years later the next instrument was ready: a ”normal” 4-string viola with major construction improvements. His deep insights into traditional instrument making, in combination with cutting edge microphone technique, resulted in an entirely new instrument. The authentic sound quality has opened up new possibilities of creating music in performance environments that require amplification. The characteristic human voice of the viola is the fundamental element for limitless transformations of sound, when processed through a computer.
This recital will be a presentation of this unique instrument and its possibilities. Some exciting new interactive compositions by the artists will be performed.
Welcome to the musical playground of the 21st century - The sky is the limit…

Artists
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Henrik Frendin

Malmö Academy of Music (Sweden)
Henrik Frendin is known as one of today's most accomplished Scandinavian viola players. His artistic output covers a wide range of musical genres from classical to contemporary electro-acoustical and modern jazz.He studied at The Royal Danish Conservatory and graduated with soloist... Read More →
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Henrik Frisk

Electronics, Composer
Henrik Frisk (Docent/Reader) is an active performer (saxophones and laptop) of improvised and contemporary music and a composer of acoustic and computer music. With a special interest in interactivity, most of the projects he engages in explores interactivity in one way or another... Read More →


Thursday November 22, 2018 23:00 - 23:30
Venue: Other (see Description)
 
Friday, November 23
 

08:00

Viola Orchestra Rehearsal
Marcin Murawski - conductor

Artists
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Marcin Murawski

Academy of Music, Poznan (Poland)
Marcin Murawski (born 29 October 1974 in Poznań) studied viola at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan with his father, professor Andrzej Murawski, graduating with distinction in 1998. Further studies were with Claus Myrup in Aarhus, Denmark. He subsequently earned his doctorate and post-doctorate habilitation, between... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 08:00 - 08:45
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

09:00

Psychology and Artistic Deepening in Viola Playing
This lecture  could be subtitled: ways to find a deeper artistic understanding of the music to be performed, by means of psychological theories, methods and notions. Because there is such a great amount to tell about this subject, it will generally be done here with a bird’s-eye view. You will learn about a few useful theories that were developed by psychologists; besides this you will hear about emotional, physical and cognitive changes while playing and also about exploring compositions in (more) psychological
ways.

Speakers
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Paul Eggen

Psychologist
Paul Eggen graduated from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague after studying with Tibor Berkovits (former assistant to David Oistrakh), Jo Juda (pupil of Carl Flesch), Jean-Jacques Kantorow and Isidor Lateiner (former assistant to Ivan Galamian). In addition he participated in masterclasses... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 09:00 - 09:30
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

09:00

Master Class Christine Rutledge – Bach Performance
Bach Performance Master Class with Christine Rutledge
Selected students:
Emily Dore
Emily Bogiatjis
Hessel Moeselaar

Artists
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Christine Rutledge

Professor of Viola, University of Iowa School of Music (USA)
Christine Rutledge is a violist of varied talents and interests. She began her life-long love of viola in the 3rd grade in the Detroit Public Schools and had the great fortune of studying with several of the world’s greatest teachers, including Karen Tuttle, Michael Tree, William... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

09:00

Workshop Improvisation Training through Scale Practice
There are similarities between scale methodologies used in classical string training, and methodologies used for training in improvisation. This workshop will give participants a taste of what is involved in learning improvisation, through adapting traditional scale and arpeggio exercises to standard improvisational techniques.

Artists

Friday November 23, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 4 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

09:30

Seeing Beyond the Barline
This lecture will feature a dialog between violists Dr. Rebecca Glass and Ms. Kathryn Lowman
about the unique tools and techniques that Dr. Glass, a blind violist, has acquired for
performance. We will discuss her tools for memorization, artistic expression and how her lack
of sight of the printed edition propels her artistic freedom.
Dr. Glass recently became the first blind student to receive a terminal degree in string
performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In order to complete this remarkable
accomplishment, Dr. Glass performed in the CIM orchestra, chamber ensembles and has given
many solo recitals. In learning the repertoire required to achieve such a feat, she has developed
a unique method of large-scale memorization that has allowed her to quickly absorb and
interpret the most challenging works of our viola repertoire. Because memorization is required
as the first step of learning new repertoire for the blind, Dr. Glass must make musical decisions
at the very onset of her learning process. Contrary to the majority of professional musicians, all
of these advanced artistic decisions are made without the visual influence of the printed edition.
The discussion will address a variety of questions including:
  • Can the lack of a printed part help us in forming musical decisions?
  • How does one go about structuring phrases without the minute details provided in the score?
  • What variety of outside recordings should be consulted at the onset of learning a new piece?
  • As pedagogues, how can we encourage our students to develop their own voice through auditory learning?
  • For performers, what is the most effective form of long-term memorization?
  • At what stage of learning should sighted players begin memorization?
Through this lecture we hope to highlight key skills that Dr. Glass has acquired and translate
them to the sighted player. By making the argument that every performer's learning process,
whether visual or auditory, carries with it certain unavoidable pitfalls, our goal is to encourage
musicians to reexamine their own procedure to see beyond the barline in performance practice.

Speakers
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Kathryn Lowman

University of Maryland (USA)
Kathryn Lowman, a native of Wheaton, IL, began her viola studies as a student of the SuzukiMethod at the age of six. She received her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from theCleveland Institute of Music where studied with Cleveland Orchestra violist Mark Jackobs.Kathryn went... Read More →

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Rebecca Glass

Cleveland Institute of Music (USA)
Born in Dallas, Texas, violist Rebecca Glass earned her doctorate degree in viola performance in2017 from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she also completed studies at the BM and MM levels.As well as collaborating in summer music programs, she has also performed numerous solo... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 09:30 - 10:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

10:00

What Musicians Can Learn About Practicing from Current Brain Research
This presentation will focus on what neuroscientists have discovered about how our brains learn and how
to apply these insights to practicing and teaching so that practicing becomes more efficient and effective,
leading to enhanced performance ability, enjoyment, and confidence. The presentation is divided into five
different sections, starting with the basics of how the brains learns, and an explanation of why the popular
practice method of “start at the beginning and play until you make a mistake” is so detrimental to actual
improvement and consistency.

Alternative methods of practice are offered that are rooted in scientific understandings how our brains learn and solidify new skills and information. The next section, on interleaved versus blocked practicing, addresses how to prepare most successfully for performance situations and how to alleviate the common wish that one could get a second chance after a concert or audition. The third section looks how to use a metronome most effectively to improve steadiness and sense of pulse. The brain behaves in a fundamentally different way when the metronome is off versus when it is on, so the standard way of using the metronome will not be effective in improving sense of pulse. After this, the presentation looks at the research on the importance and benefit to sleep in learning, especially when learning new skills and material.

Finally, it concludes with a look at mental practicing and the astounding ways this can actually change the very physical structure of the brain. Throughout the presentation, concrete, practical methods for utilizing this information in the practice room are given. This presentation relates to the theme of “exploring new ways to perform” because it will give violists new ideas on how to practice and prepare for performance. Although the information in this presentation is well-known in the scientific community, it is not all that well-known in the musical community. Most of our knowledge as musicians on how to practice has been handed down from teacher to student over many generations. As everything in our lives becomes more influenced by scientific insight, musicians should also seek to learn new ways of practicing and preparing for performance that are backed by scientific support.

Speakers
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Molly Gebrian

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (USA)
Violist Molly Gebrian has distinguished herself as an outstanding performer, teacher, and scholar throughout the US and Europe. Her love of contemporary music has led her to collaborate with many composers, often in premieres of works written for her. She has worked closely with the... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 10:00 - 10:30
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

10:00

Workshop: Making your Mark in the Viola Ecosystem (1)
This workshop focuses on career planning challenges for college (conservatory) students, in particular string (viola) players. The workshop has previously been given successfully at e.g. the Juillliard school (NY).

Topics to be addressed:

    What is musical entrepreneurship?
    How does entrepreneurship relate specifically to violists embarking on careers?
    How do participants define their ideal musical world?
    How does this world view correlate to the participants' mission?
    How can we write/articulate a personal mission? How do we reach this understanding?
    Define your audience
    How to consider new vehicles to advance your musical ideas
    Ways and means to brainstorm with likeminded musicians
    Tips as to how to approach traditional career moves such as orchestral auditions

Combining academic disciplines with music performance and journalism at the professional level, Heather has performed with leading orchestras in the Netherlands and at international summer music festivals. At present, she is a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam Law School, performs internationally (orchestral violinist) and serves as panelist at conferences on labor law and music worldwide. Starting her journalistic career at the Yale Daily News, she served as Corresponding Editor and correspondent at Strad Magazine (London) for over two decades. She is an active blogger @violinist.com and a welcome lecturer/panelist/juror at music competitions and festivals in Europe and the United States. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Amsterdam Law School, Heather's present research centers on comparative employment/labor law issues in the orchestral field.


Speakers
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Heather Kurzbauer

University of Amsterdam
mr. drs. Heather Kurzbauer studied art history, sociology and music at Yale University. She holds a Bachelors degree cum laude and Masters degree (Music) with Honors from that institution. She received her law degree from the University of Amsterdam receiving additional diplomas... Read More →



Friday November 23, 2018 10:00 - 10:55
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 3 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

10:00

Master Class Jerzy Kosmala
Master Class with Jerzy Kosmala
Title: "How to solve various technical and musical challenges in major works written for the viola and achieve excellence in performance"
Students:
Joao Abreu: Walton viola concerto 2nd mvt.
Sylvia Neild: Brahms sonata E flat 1st mvt.
Blanca Sellers: Bartok viola concerto 1st mvt.

Daniël Kramer IVC pianist

Artists
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Daniël Kramer

IVC Pianist
Daniël Kramer is known as a many-sided and impassioned pianist.He took up his main studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Håkon Austbø, also taking regular lessons with Claude Helffer in Paris. In 2000 he was awarded his performance diploma, with distinction.In 2007 he... Read More →
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Jerzy Kosmala

University of California, Irvine (USA)
Jerzy Kosmala has established himself as one of the world’s premiere violists. Internationally acclaimed as a concert violist and pedagogue, Kosmala has concertized throughout Europe, the former Soviet Union, Canada, North and South America, Asia, and South Africa, and has recordings... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 2 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

10:00

Extended Techniques for Strings Workshop (2)
Repeat of Wednesday morning (0900AM) session

Artists
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Anne Lanzilotti

Composer
A fierce advocate of contemporary music, Anne Lanzilotti has distinguished herself by collaboratingwith composers of her generation. She is currently commissioning new works for viola by AnnaThorvaldsdottir, Andrew Norman, and Scott Wollschleger as a part of The 20/19 Project. Lanzilotti... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 4 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

10:30

Contemporary Viola Etudes For All Players: Creating an online resource that organizes etudes and reflects characteristics of expert knowledge organization

Much of the standard viola repertoire is relatively recent, having been written mostly in the twentieth
century. The use of twentieth century compositional elements in the viola repertoire obliges viola
technique to include skills not addressed by standard etudes. Contemporary etudes focusing on these
skills are therefore essential to viola pedagogy, but such etudes are lesser known and are generally
under-utilized. By creating an online resource that organizes etudes by technique, they become more
accessible by student and professional violists alike.
My inspiration for building the "Etude Finder" is pedagogically-geared and comes from research on
knowledge organization and learning mechanisms. The National Research Council (USA) describes studies that demonstrate how experts organize their knowledge in a more concise manner than accomplished novices ("How People Learn", 2000). Their research suggests that "novices might benefit from models of how experts approach problem solving". Here, the development of a model of expert knowledge organization (an online database application) might help a viola student accurately and efficiently problem solve (choose an appropriate etude).
The initial design of the Etude Finder focused on the Kreuzter Etudes as a starting point. To reflect
characteristics of expert knowledge organization, the database uses no more than 4 hierarchical levels
(showing conciseness). Three books of viola etudes and one violin etude book have now also been
included in the Etude Finder: "Twelve Caprices for Viola" (Lillian Fuchs, 1950), "Viola Spaces:
Contemporary Viola Studies" (Garth Knox, 2009), "Rhythmical Studies for violin and piano" (Bohuslav
Martinu, 1932), and "Twenty Etudes for Viola" (Alfred Uhl, 1973). These were selected for their
exploration of technique skills relevant to twentieth century compositions, as well as for their availability.
My presentation will discuss: 1 -- research supporting the Etude Finder model, including characteristics of expert knowledge organization; 2 -- problems and resolutions encountered while building the Etude Finder; and 3 -- brief examples demonstrating the use of this resource to address technically challenging passages in three Canadian pieces: "Coriolis for viola and piano" (Allan Gordon Bell, 2003), "String Theory for viola and piano" (John Burge, 2011), and "Soulmate for solo viola" (Chan Ka Nin, 2001).


Speakers
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Myra Yeung

Northern Kentucky School of Music of Immanuel (USA)
Myra Yeung teaches at the Northern Kentucky School of Music of Immanuel, USA. She is a past faculty member of music programs in Winnipeg (Canada), and in Ann Arbor, Michigan and eastern North Carolina (USA). Recently she won 1st place in the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 10:30 - 11:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

11:00

Workshop: Making your Mark in the Viola Ecosystem (2)
<see description in Session 1>

Speakers
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Heather Kurzbauer

University of Amsterdam
mr. drs. Heather Kurzbauer studied art history, sociology and music at Yale University. She holds a Bachelors degree cum laude and Masters degree (Music) with Honors from that institution. She received her law degree from the University of Amsterdam receiving additional diplomas... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 11:00 - 11:55
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 3 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

11:10

Music of Shadows: A recital for solo viola
Esa-Pekka Salonen - Pentatonic Étude (2008/2014)
Zad Moultaka - Artificiale 1 for viola and tape
Lilli Maijala  viola

Georges Enescu - Impressions d'enfance, op. 28: i. Ménétrie
Scott Godin - Two Wolfli Sketches
Michael Finnissy - Obrecht Motetten III
Gustav Mahler - Adagietto from Symphony no. 5, arr. Ljova 2011
Pemi Paull viola


Programme Notes:

Lilli Maijala:
The idea is to present three faces of a contemporary violist - or human being. We establish the present on the past, constantly quoting things from different cultures and people, sometimes consciously, sometimes not. The role of a viola player is the same, we often rather pass, balance the messages between co-musicians than are in the spotlights. Basically we create dialogues and bridges between cultures.

The most exotic spice in the programme is Artificiale 1 by the French-Libanese composer Zad Moultaka. Composed in 2012 for viola and tape, the piece is an utmost intriguing mix of oriental market ingredients with its odours and sounds including snake charming, humming and foot tapping. It is a very intense trip to a compeletely different culture.

For me personally it feels important to present something from my own country. The Pentatonic Étude (2008, rev. 2014) by the composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen is an excellent addition to our standard repertoire, especially since it is composed around a pentatonic passage from the beloved Bartók viola concerto. Salonen is indeed using the whole capacity and expressive scale of viola but mostly with traditional viola techniques. He manages to sound both himself and like Bartók in the same time.

Pemi Paull:
Music of Shadows is a programme for solo viola, now an album, that I have begun
performing in North America in anticipation of it’s album launch in the Spring of 2018.
The overarching theme of the music on this album is of looking back with a bittersweet
nostalgia. Enescu's memories of the country fiddlers of his childhood. Ligeti leaving avant
garde behind and writing music that harkens back to a more folkloric and traditional
Hungary of the past (before the Nazis and Soviets), Scott Godin evoking the creative output
of a Swiss psychopath/schizophrenic who lived between the wars, his pathology perhaps a
sign of the times anticipating the psychosis to come in Europe, Finnissy writing new
complexity language that was invented after the destruction of Europe but still recalling the
polyphony of the great Low Countries renaissance master Jacob Obrecht; a lonely viola
plucking away, trying to evoke the power of Mahler's great outpouring of love to Alma,
leaving the imagination of the listener, and memories of past performances to fill in the rest.
The album is about nostalgia and wistfulness for a simpler time when we were more
connected to the culture of our ancestors, it's songs and dances and prayers.

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Lilli Maijala

Lilli Maijala gave her first solo performance with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra at the age of17 and has since appeared regularly as both a soloist and a chamber musician on stagesacross Europe.In recent years she has appeared with orchestras including the Helsinki Philharmonic, theLapland... Read More →
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Pemi Paull

Canadian Viola Society
A versatile soloist and chamber musician, and a specialist in both new and early music, PemiPaull is a true 21st century artist. He is the founder and artistic director of Warhol Dervish, anoriginal and unorthodox chamber music collective based in Montreal.Pemi's activities have brought... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 11:10 - 12:00
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

12:50

Nobuko Imai Recital and Master Class
Viola Masterclass with Nobuko Imai
Students:
- Marta Ocete Montoro:  Hoffmeister concerto, 1st mvt
- Bryan Li: Hindemith Sonata for Solo Viola, Op. 11 No. 5, 4th movement

By means of introduction, Imai performs "A bird came down the walk" by Toru Takemitsu (9')
Pianist is Noriko Yabe.
Yabe also accompanies Marta Ocete Montoro in  Hoffmeister.

Artists
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Nobuko Imai

Featured Artist, Conservatory of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Nobuko Imai is considered one of the leading contemporary viola players. After completing her studies at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan, Yale University and the Juilliard School in the USA, she won top awards at the international competitions in Munich and Geneva. She combines... Read More →
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Noriko Yabe

IVC Pianist, Conservatory of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Noriko Yabe (Yokohama, Japan) studied with Fujiko Yamada at the Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, and later with Willem Brons at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Immediately after receiving her diploma, she was employed as répétiteur at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. She is also... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 12:50 - 14:00
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

13:00

Composers Workshop
What does it mean to compose for the viola? What are the usual pitfalls and how to avoid them? Does the viola needs to be emancipated in today’s newly written repertoire? These and other questions will be discussed among composers and exemplified with scores by Berio, Kurtag, Benjamin and the host of this event, Leo Samama. A serious discussion among professionals and lovers of the viola, and for everyone if the viola really needs to remain first of all an instrument of swooning, elegiac melodies….

Moderator Leo Samama

You can sign up during the congres

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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 →

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Friday November 23, 2018 13:00 - 14:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 4 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

14:00

Talk Show 2: The Search for New Repertoire
Venue: Hofplein Theater, Foyer
Talk Show with interviews / round table discussion.
Moderator: Heather Kurzbauer

Speakers
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Andrew Braddock

Western Kentucky University (USA)
Violist Andrew Braddock is currently on the faculty of Western Kentucky University (WKU) and the WKU Pre-College Strings Program. He teaches viola at the university and maintains a full pre-college studio of young violinists and violists, and serves as the Director of the WKU Summer... Read More →
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Heather Kurzbauer

University of Amsterdam
mr. drs. Heather Kurzbauer studied art history, sociology and music at Yale University. She holds a Bachelors degree cum laude and Masters degree (Music) with Honors from that institution. She received her law degree from the University of Amsterdam receiving additional diplomas... Read More →

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Jutta Puchhammer

Université de Montreal (Canada)
Born in Vienna, Jutta Puchhammer is principal viola of the Laval Symphonie Orchestra and full professor for viola and chamber music at the Université de Montreal (Canada). She has toured extensively as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and lecturer, giving masterclasses in... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 14:00 - 14:40
Venue: Other (see Description)

14:45

The Persecuted Viola
1)  Leo Smit (1900-1943): Viola concerto  (13' )
     Allegro ma non troppo - Lento - Allegro vivace
Ursula Skaug, viola solo
Tollens ensemble concducted by Marten Sijbrandij:
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2)  Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996): Sonata For Viola And Piano, op.28 (1945)
- Allegro, Allegretto, Adagio
Ásdís Valdimarsdóttir,  viola
Marcel Worms, piano

3) Dick Kattenburg (1920-1944): Sonata For Viola and Piano (1944) Allegro Moderato

4) Max Vredenburg (1904–1976): Lamento (1953),
    in memory of his sister who died in Auswitch.

Programme Notes:

Leo Smit (1900-1943) Viola concerto
Leo Smit, from a wealthy Portuguese-Jewish family, is considered one of the most talented composers of the first part of the 20th century. He studied piano and composition at the Amsterdam Conservatory with, among others, Bernard Zweers and Sem Dresden, and was the first laureate to graduate cum laude in 1924. He felt akin to French composers such as Ravel, Milhaud and Poulenc, but was also inspired by jazz. In 1927 he left for Paris. Via Brussels he returned to Amsterdam in 1937, now married to Lientje de Vries. His style is described as neoclassical with sometimes jazz influences, and sounds very French. In the viola concerto, influences of Hindemith in particular are noticeable. After the German invasion, it was gradually made impossible for him to work; yet he continued composing, and in February 1943 he wrote a beautiful sonata for flute and piano, two months before he and his wife were deported and killed in Sobibor on arrival (source: Leo Smit Foundation). His viola concerto consists of 3 movements:

In the orchestral introduction of the Allegro ma non troppo,  we are directly in French atmospheres. The soloist repeats and makes variations on the theme, after which the 2nd theme is started as a dialogue between orchestra and soloist. It gets faster and rougher, and then again the starting point. It ends up with a unison of the  starting theme with orchestra and soloist. A final solo, then a dry pizzicato ending.

The Lento is all about atmosphere and timbre. Although the harmonies are modern, the whole part breathes peace. There is a bit of melancholy, but no sadness. At the end of the movement the emotion seems to be increasing, but we return to the feeling of the beginning. It seems like a prayer in the evening sun in a summer valley.

The final movement Allegro Vivace is Introduced by pizzicati, then the vibrant solo theme. The orchestra follows the up and down motives until the cello section presents a rocking new theme, this time taken over by the viola. Time and again those four chords with fast runs in-between. A very virtuoso cadence, and an acceleration back to the starting theme in the orchestra, which returns with Rondo-like frequency, but more free of form and harmony than with Mozart or Rossini. Another short and virtuoso cadence, and suddenly it's all finished.


Artists
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Marcel Worms

Pianist
Marcel Worms (1951) studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Hans Dercksen. He also had lessons with the Russian pianist Youri Egorov and with Alicia de Larrocha. After graduating in 1987, he specialised in the study of chamber music with Hans Broekman and 20th century... Read More →
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Marten Sijbrandij

Conductor, Tollens Ensemble
Marten Sijbrandij worked as an organist and later as conductor in various churces in and around The Hague. He has a degree in music performance on the Double bass from the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts), and also had lessons in choir and orchestra conducting.From 1996-2015 he conducted... Read More →
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Tollens Ensemble

String Orchestra
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Ursula Skaug

Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (The Netherlands)
Ursula Skaug (1997) received a broad musical training; next to violin and piano lessons, she was a member of the Musicanti concert choir at the Academy of Vocal Arts in The Hague. She started learning the viola with Julia Dinerstein at the Hellendaal Violin Institute in Rotterdam... Read More →
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Ásdís Valdimarsdóttir

Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (The Netherlands)
Ásdís Valdimarsdottir is an internationally renowned Violist, Chamber Musician, Viola Teacher, and Chamber Music Coach, currently on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Initially, Ásdís began her music studies in Iceland as a violinist. While attending the Reykjavík... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 14:45 - 15:35
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

15:45

Anima Nova Soundpost Demonstration 2
Venue:  Hofpleintheater, Studio 5
Pál Molnar demonstrates the Anima Nova soundpost by installing it live in a viola.
Volunteer violas are welcome, contact the Anima Nova Exhibit in the foyer.

Friday November 23, 2018 15:45 - 16:45
Venue: Other (see Description)

15:45

Ballads for Viola
Program:

1) Gillian Ansell & Atar Arad:
two viola duo's by Atar Arad, including a short introduction by the composer.
- Toccatina a la Turk (4')
- “Esther”  (7')

2) Made in Switzerland
Viacheslav Dinerchtein, viola;  Noriko Yabe, piano
- Fabian Müller (*1964): 'Lento' and 'Tempo di Gavotta'  from the Suite for viola and piano (6 min)
- Heinz Holliger (*1939): Souvenirs Tremaesques for viola solo (2 min) 
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778): 'Rondo' from Le Devin du village (arr. V. Dinerchtein) (2 min)
- Frank Martin (1890 – 1974):  Ballade for viola and piano (15 min)
Program notes below.

3) Berlioz and Paganini: Viola adventures of two great composers
Mikhail Zemtsov, viola; Hannah Shybaeva, piano; Lecture-recital.
- Short exposition and fragments of Berlioz' Harold in Italy in new viola/piano arrangement.
- Niccolò Paganini: Sonata per la Gran Viola, with cadenzas by Mikhail Kugel


Program Notes

Made in Switzerland:
This is an unusual compilation of music for viola and piano written by renown Swiss composers and personalities. To my knowledge, such a program has never been researched or put together before, let alone presented in public. It features music covering a span of 250 years – both original and adapted to viola - that is mostly unknown, even to the well-informed in the field.

The program starts with Fabian Müller, one of the foremost Swiss composers, recipient of the highest musical award in Switzerland. In addition to his prolific activity as a composer, he assembled a huge anthology of Swiss Folk music (10 volumes with over 10000 melodies), some of them to be arranged for viola and piano. As they are not yet available yet, two movements from his Viola Suite are performed.

We continue with a short experimental piece, recently written for solo viola by the oboe virtuoso, noted composer and conductor Heinz Holliger.

The program also features a short piece by Jean-Jacques Rousseau from his one-act opera Le Devin du village, re-worked into a viola-piano version. This music, now forgotten, actually brought Rousseau fame as a composer (it was even played at the wedding of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette).

I conclude with a cello work that sounds particularly well on viola, and could (or even should) have a place in our repertoire: The "Ballade" by Frank Martin (who, incidentally, lived for many years and died in Naarden, Netherlands). The arrangements are my own.

Berlioz and Paganini:
Every viola player probably knows why and how these two pieces are linked together – the story of Paganini commissioning a virtuoso viola concerto by his friend Hector Berlioz.  Paganini’s great irritation after seeing the viola part of Harold in Italy (which he considered to be too simplistic for him, aside from the unbearably long silences), triggered the composition of the Sonata per la Gran Viola.

This unique story is not the only factor that makes this programme especially attractive for the broad public; the background of ‘Harold in Italy’ was based on real life experiences. These are described in Berlioz’s ‘’Memoires”,  which I will present with brief quotations and fragment demonstrations.
Last but not least - the astonishing musical quality of both pieces, a phenomenal piano transcription of Harold by Liszt, and  sparkling virtuosity of the Sonata, highlight the virtues and diversity of our instrument.



Artists
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Atar Arad

Featured Artist, Composer, Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington (USA)
Israeli violist and composer Atar Arad teaches at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington. He regularly gives masterclasses around the world. He won the first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in 1972, and toured the world as a soloist with major... Read More →
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Gillian Ansell

Victoria University of Wellington
Violist Gillian Ansell was born in Auckland, New Zealand and made her concerto debut as a violinist with the Auckland Philharmonia at the age of 16. At 19, an Associated Board Scholarship took Gillian to the Royal College of Music in London for 3 years to study violin, viola and piano... Read More →
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Hanna Shybayeva

Pianist
Having commenced her international career at the age of eleven, Hanna Shybayeva has transformed from being a 'child prodigy' to the mature and exciting musician she is today. Her playing has been praised by both the public and the press for her deep musical interpretations, captivating... Read More →
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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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Noriko Yabe

IVC Pianist, Conservatory of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Noriko Yabe (Yokohama, Japan) studied with Fujiko Yamada at the Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, and later with Willem Brons at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Immediately after receiving her diploma, she was employed as répétiteur at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. She is also... Read More →
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Viacheslav Dinerchtein

Violist Viacheslav Dinerchtein has appeared as soloist with orchestra, in recitals and chamber music concerts throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, including venues such as Kennedy Center (Washington), Carnegie Hall (New York), Chicago Cultural Center, Spoleto Music... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 15:45 - 16:55
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

17:00

Viola Mania - Hindemith's black comedy "Der Bratschenfimmel"
A brief summary of this black comedy; Abdul is a bank clerk with a deep hatred for his boss, devising an especially gruesome way to kill him. Finally he hits on the solution: death by modern music, deciding, “I will unlearn how to do everything I ever learned how to do on the viola”, “I will practice ‘anti-viola playing’ until my viola playing is so terrible it becomes lethal.” As the play goes on, increasing numbers of people die, each from a more ludicrous and hilarious cause than the previous, all triggered by the anti-viola playing. The soundtrack to Der Bratschenfimmel is horrifyingly bad playing of Hindemith’s own viola sonatas, to very amusing effect.
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Paul Hindemith: a humorous, light-hearted composer who was also a radical playwright. Can it be true? Humour and Hindemith might not be synonymous in the popular imagination, but countless compositions, plays and artworks from his early years are testament to his mischievous and eccentric personality.
It seems surprising that his instrument of choice from the tender age of 24 was the viola. In the midst of a successful career as a solo, chamber and orchestral violinist, Hindemith served a mandatory period at the front during World War I, and almost immediately afterwards took the plunge and switched to the viola. It was a mere ten weeks before he began work on his first composition for the instrument, the Sonata op.11 no.4. Hindemith’s official public debut as a violist took place just a few months later in Frankfurt on 2 June 1919, in a concert dedicated solely to his own compositions, including his String Quartet op.10 with the Rebner Quartet and the premiere of his Viola Sonata op.11 no.4.

Violists will be familiar with several of Hindemith’s serious viola compositions from his early period: the two sonatas for viola and piano, op.11 no.4 (1919) and op.25 no.4 (1922), and the three sonatas for solo viola op.11 no.5 (1919), op.25 no.1 (1922) and op.31 no.4 (1923). His less serious compositional, literary and artistic pursuits from this time, however, are less familiar. The unknown treasure from this period is undoubtedly the play Der Bratschenfimmel (Viola Mania), the last of eight so-called Dramatic Masterworks written by Hindemith for his Urian Club between 1913 and 1920, intended for performance by Hindemith and his friends in their homes. In a letter to close friends on 28 December 1913 Hindemith wrote of the formation of the club, established solely for the performance of his Dramatic Masterworks, mentioning the members not by name but by nationality: ‘Three are Swiss and the rest German.’ Hindemith’s friend Albert Linder, a musically enlightened bank official who lived in Frankfurt, was certainly a member, and Der Bratschenfimmel is dedicated to him.

It is likely that Linder was a member of the club almost from the start, since one of the first plays, Der verschleierte Raub (The Veiled Robbery), dates from 1914 and features Linder in the lead role. Linder is in fact the dedicatee of three of Hindemith’s eight Dramatic Masterworks. The next play dedicated to Linder, Ein neues Traumspiel: Abdul Rednils Träumereien (A New Dream Play: Abdul Rednil’s Dreams) was written in 1916– 17. The protagonist is clearly named after Linder, whose nickname was ‘Abdul’, and whose surname spelt backwards is ‘Rednil’. This play re-enacts a quartet rehearsal that ends in a terrible fight and a collection of instruments being broken. The crazy scenes include the performers playing string quartets by a Russian composer in the music salon of Abdul’s wigwam and Queen Cleopatra arriving on an elephant. The play Winter (1919) recounts a Rebner Quartet rehearsal during a bitterly cold winter after World War I – and the bizarre events continue, as a picture of Brahms plummets to the floor and everyone except for Adolf Rebner (Hindemith’s violin teacher) ends up freezing to death.

It is thought that Der Bratschenfimmel was performed privately in one of the Urian Club members’ homes, but there is no extant documentation to confirm this. All eight Dramatic Masterworks focus either directly or indirectly on music, although none of the texts has a score. Under strict instructions from Hindemith, his Viola Sonata op.11 no.5 can be heard being performed appallingly throughout Der Bratschenfimmel.
The play is in four acts, with a quirky cast list and some truly bizarre settings, including a shop supplying articles of death, sales, procurement and advice (including testimonials from distinguished murderers); in front of the Affenstein (site of the old lunatic asylum); a room in Bornheim (known as the ‘Merry Village’ since it was in the red light district); and, last but not least, the toilet at the Cooperative Bank.

The main gist of the plot is that Abdul Linder, a dissatisfied, vengeful and not altogether sane bank official, concocts the elaborate and grotesque murder of his boss, the bank manager, by anti-viola playing – performing Hindemith’s own compositions so appallingly that the sound causes death to the listener. At various intervals throughout the play, heinous extracts from Hindemith’s Viola Sonata op.11 no.5 can be heard being scraped obsessively – these are Abdul’s crazed attempts to commit murder.

Act One begins with Abdul standing before a picture of his hated boss whining petulantly about his lot in life: ‘Thanks to the bank I am totally ill. I could leave. But then this play would not come to be written. Such a misfortune I must prevent. Abdul Linder – that’s me – remains alive. And desires to give Paul his chance to have his fling. My forbearance gives way to anger. My angelic patience and almost fairy-tale graciousness finally gives way. Long live vengeance!’ The act continues with Abdul seeking his perfect method of murder. When he finally stumbles upon an advertisement for 10,000 violas, divine inspiration takes over.

Act Two begins with Abdul standing in front of the old lunatic asylum pontificating on his chosen method for killing: ‘A terrible way to die – by “anti-viola playing”. I must practise till my fingers fall off; I must practise as long as it takes to unlearn the viola, until my skill has reached the point of absolute zero, and from this low point I must study anti-viola playing long enough to gain a superhuman perfection – only then can I attack my manager effectively. I must buy countless violas, for no one instrument can survive this manner of practising. A new one must replace it every half an hour.’ The remainder of the act reveals the extent of Abdul’s fixation with the task at hand as he cajoles, bullies and bribes various people to give him violas – a midwife, an old man, Julius Caesar and even a lady in the street with a viola case in her hand.

Act Three opens with Abdul talking to himself at home: ‘I want to be the anti-viola playing Paganini, even if my neighbours perish in droves in the process!’ He then talks joyfully about the wonderful violas he has acquired: ‘This one too is special; an Amati, costing 250 marks. Here is a Klotz. A credit to its maker and it costs almost as much as a pound of ham. That is only a selection. The pearl is undoubtedly the midwife’s viola.’

Abdul begins bumping off visitors, friends and even his cat with his appalling anti-viola playing, while exclaiming maliciously to all and sundry: ‘Here is something beautiful for you to hear: the latest sonata by my friend Paul Hindemith, who also wrote this thriller. With the help of this difficult piece I will become the greatest anti-viola player.’

In Act Four, Abdul stands laden with violas, music and a music stand in front of a toilet at the Cooperative Bank and recites a soliloquy:
‘What is life? A W.C.
Fate, making use of it, presses man
To its bright light and with clear eyes he sees
The wide basin of life spread out before him.
He plunges in with a bold leap,
Traversing the world impulsively.
Nevertheless life has but a short span.
Fate pulls the chain in question,
Death comes in the f

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Anthony Hewitt

Pianist, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Anthony Hewitt is regarded as one of Britain’s most gifted pianists, and, since winning the prestigious William Kapell Competition in Washington D.C., has enjoyed a prolific performing career spanning two decades, including concerto appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra... Read More →
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Louise Lansdown

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Louise Lansdown was appointed Head of Strings at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2012. Louise is the founder of the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition and Festival, launched at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in October 2014, as well as being the founder and President... Read More →
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Lucy Nolan

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Dublin-born Lucy enjoys a busy career as a chamber musician and teacher. She moved to England in 2004 and graduated with highest honours from the Royal Northern College of Music. Lucy is a founding member of the Eblana String Trio and frequently guests with a number of Britain's leading... Read More →
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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Viola Class

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has a firmly established reputation for its outstanding violadepartment, partly due to its close links with the British and International Viola Societies. In 2014,the inaugural Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition and Festival took place inBirmingham... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

18:00

Viola Pitch
Venue: Hofpleintheater, Foyer
Possibility to make an announcement or...

Friday November 23, 2018 18:00 - 18:10
Venue: Other (see Description)

19:15

Pre-concert Programme Friday
Venue: De Doelen, Foyer of Jurriaanse Zaal

Rotterdam Youth Symphony Orchestra with Young Soloist Talents
G.F. Telemann – Concert for 2 viola’s and strings
Timothy Baxter – Concertino (world première)
Bruch - Romanze
J. Brahms (arr. V. Leidig) – Akademische Festouvertüre

Soloists: Elyssée Janzen, Leanne van der Leij, Tygo de Waal,
Jonas Meenderink
Rotterdam Youth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jim Roodnat

The Rotterdam Youth Symphony Orchestra (RJSO) is the biggest youth orchestra
association in Rotterdam, embodying four complete symphony orchestras for different
age groups of amateur musicians – from elementary school to university level.
Conducted by Jim Roodnat, the RJSO (high school age group) orchestra brings a
programme dedicated to viola solo pieces with young soloists from their own ranks,
performed in the lobby of the Jurriaanse zaal of De Doelen.

This pre-programme concert is sponsored by our IVC2018 Partner, the Rotterdam
Youth Symphony Orchestra

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Jim Roodnat

Conductor, Rotterdam Youth Symphony Orchestra (RJSO)


Friday November 23, 2018 19:15 - 20:00
Venue: Other (see Description)

20:15

Music for Viola and Percussion
Venue: De Doelen, Jurriaanse Zaal

Programme:
Tigran Mansurian: Three Taghs
György Kurtág: Selections from Signs, Games and Messages
Linda Bouchard: Pourtinade
- intermission - 
Soghomon Komitas: Armenian Song Cycle
Luciano Berio: Naturale for viola, percussion and recorded voice

Artists:
Kim Kashkashian, viola
Robyn Schulkowsky, percussion

Description:
Music for the combination of viola and percussion is rarely heard. In this programme, the renowned Armenian-American violist Kim Kashkashian is joined by percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, with whom she has an ongoing collaboration for many years.

The programme contains clear references to Kashkashian's roots. The Three Medieval Taghs (a ‘tagh’ is a lament) were written for Kashkashian by the Armenian composer Mansurian, and the Armenian folk songs collected by Komitas emerge in a new appearance with this instrumentation. The folk songs are also a central element of Naturale, albeit in the unique musical world of Luciano Berio.

Just like Kurtág's playful Signs, Games and Messages for viola solo, Linda Bouchard's Pourtinade poses extreme challenges for the creativity of the artists: this work consists of 9 musical elements, the order of which can be decided by the performers. The instrumentalists have more than interpretive freedom; they are given control over the dramatic flow of the piece. The message changes according to the juxtaposition of the abstract imagery.

Program Notes:
Pourtinade (1990) by Linda Bouchard
for viola and percussion
Pourtinade is a collage of condensed statements, each a separate entity but related to one another stylistically and structurally. The order of the five main sections and four transition segments is left to the decision of the performers. The score suggests alternating main and transitional sections, and sections can be repeated. In Pourtinade the instrumentalists have more than interpretive freedom; they are given control over the dramatic flow of the piece. The message changes according to the juxtaposition of the abstract imagery.
The movements are entitled:
- Gerbe (bunch or spray);
- La Meute (the pack of wolves);
- Ressac-Rompu (broken undertow);
- L'abandon Etroit (narrow abandon);
- Bruine-Derision (sarcastic drizzle);




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Kim Kashkashian

Featured Artist, New England Conservatory, Boston (USA)
Violist Kim Kashkashian studied at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore with Walter Trampler and Karen Tuttle, and worked intensively with mentor Felix Galimir at the Marlboro Music Festival. A committed proponent of contemporary music, she has enjoyed creative relationships with... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 20:15 - 22:15
Venue: Other (see Description)

22:30

Viola Magic
Venue: Societeit MATRIX
Card Magic by Viacheslav Dinerchtein


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Viacheslav Dinerchtein

Violist Viacheslav Dinerchtein has appeared as soloist with orchestra, in recitals and chamber music concerts throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, including venues such as Kennedy Center (Washington), Carnegie Hall (New York), Chicago Cultural Center, Spoleto Music... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 22:30 - 22:45
Venue: Other (see Description)

23:00

The Viola in Non-classical Music
Venue: Societeit MATRIX, Mauritsstraat 16

 "The viola in non-classical music", jazz/crossover (45 minute set)
Yanna Pelser and Roland Satterwhite

Where the violin is common in traditional folk music (for example in Ireland, Brazil, Scandinavia, Rumania and Arabic countries), the viola is not heard that often. The crossover violists if today are slowly changing this. Bit by bit we see a small trend coming up: the viola as soloistic, melodic instrument in folk music or crossover ensembles. Also for singer-songwriters, the viola is becoming a favourite instrument as a replacement of the guitar. The two violists and singer-songwriters Yanna Pelser (NL) and Roland Satterwhite (USA) both use the combination of viola and voice. They discovered that the viola combines very well
with their voice range; because of it's warm timbre, the viola allows the voice to blend with it
perfectly.

Besides that, Roland found that the viola sounds excellent when it is plucked, and so he often uses it as an accompanying instrument to his voice. To create an even more resonant sound, he often uses a lower tuning of the strings. The tasteful use of effect pedals and a loopstation enables him to create extra textures to his viola-sound. The use of voice and 'extended' viola results in different colours in the field of the one-man-performance. In the lecture we will show examples (video's and audio) of a couple of violists who play in
non-classical ensembles using their viola in a non-classical way.

The recital-part will be a presentation of our own songs. New plucking techniques (developed by Roland) will be shown, as well as singing in unison and in intervals with our own violaplaying (Yanna's main focus). All of this is interwoven in beautifully composed songs; some instrumental, some with lyrics. In our songs we use the touch of different folk genres: Blues, West-African inspired melodies, flamenco and Brazilian music. Both active as improvising musicians, Yanna and Roland will definitely improvise as well!



Artists
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Roland Satterwhite

Roland Satterwhite is an American violinist/violist and singer. He has lived in Berlin since 2008. Asa violist, he composes for, and fronts the band Tolyqyn. He also performs his original songs solowith the help of pedals and occasional sparing use of a loop machine. His songs are... Read More →
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Yanna Pelser

Dutch violist and Resonance coach Yanna Pelser studied classical viola in Rotterdam, Detmold andTilburg with teachers Gisella Bergman and Diemut Poppen.After finishing her master's degree she received two grants (VSB-fonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds), to finance a special education... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 23:00 - 23:45
Venue: Other (see Description)

23:45

Oene & The Moonwalkers
Venue: Societeit MATRIX

Oene and the Moonwalkers: Improv session led by famous Dutch jazz violist Oene van Geel, with Yanna Pelser, Roland Satterwhite, and "Moonwalk" musicians Kellen McDaniel and Kardelen Buruk;

5 violas jam session, ca. 20-30 minutes

Artists
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Kardelen Buruk

Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (The Netherlands)
Kardelen Buruk was born in Ankara in 1996. She participated in AIMS Festival and she worked with Prof. Ulrich Knörzer (viola) and Johannes Geffer (chamber orchestra). She performed in concerts of solo viola and chamber orchestra within AIMS Festival. In 2013 Summer She participated... Read More →
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Kellen McDaniel

Composer, Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (The Netherlands)
Kellen McDaniel is a violist, composer and graduate of The Juilliard School (Bachelor of Music, 2013) and The Royal Conservatoire of The Netherlands (Master of Music, 2015), now pursuing an advanced Master of Chamber Music at The Royal Conservatoire of The Netherlands. Born and raised... Read More →
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Oene van Geel

Composer
Influenced by jazz, chamber music, Indian music and free improvisation, he has applied his virtuoso improvisation skills and his composition talents to a wide scope of musical activities. He toured in Europe, India, Japan, the USA and Canada.          As a player he is currently... Read More →
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Roland Satterwhite

Roland Satterwhite is an American violinist/violist and singer. He has lived in Berlin since 2008. Asa violist, he composes for, and fronts the band Tolyqyn. He also performs his original songs solowith the help of pedals and occasional sparing use of a loop machine. His songs are... Read More →
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Yanna Pelser

Dutch violist and Resonance coach Yanna Pelser studied classical viola in Rotterdam, Detmold andTilburg with teachers Gisella Bergman and Diemut Poppen.After finishing her master's degree she received two grants (VSB-fonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds), to finance a special education... Read More →


Friday November 23, 2018 23:45 - 23:59
Venue: Other (see Description)
 
Saturday, November 24
 

08:00

Viola Orchestra Rehearsal
Marcin Murawski -  conductor

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Marcin Murawski

Academy of Music, Poznan (Poland)
Marcin Murawski (born 29 October 1974 in Poznań) studied viola at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan with his father, professor Andrzej Murawski, graduating with distinction in 1998. Further studies were with Claus Myrup in Aarhus, Denmark. He subsequently earned his doctorate and post-doctorate habilitation, between... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 08:00 - 08:45
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

09:00

Master Class Beatrice Siegrist Bjørnsen
Masterclass for young violists with Beatrice Siegrist Bjørnsen

Students:
Alkistis Misouli: Bloch: Suite Hebraique, mvt.1: Rapsodie
Tygo De Waal:  Stephen Dodgson: Prelude and Humoresque
Elisa Misas Santín: Schumann Märchenbilder, mvt.1

Caecilia Boschman, pianist


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Beatrice Siegrist Bjørnsen

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (Norway)
Beatrice Siegrist Bjørnsen is employed as a violist at the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, where she has been in a permanent position since January 1995. Throughout her work in SSO, she has participated in several chamber music productions, amongst them playing string quartet with... Read More →
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Caecilia Boschman

IVC Pianist
Caecilia Boschman studied piano with Frans van Hoek at the Conservatory in Rotterdamwhere she graduated both as a teacher and as a soloist. After graduation she went on tostudy with Jan Wijn. Caecilia took masterclasses with Imogen Cooper, Horacio Gutierrez enOxana Yablonskaja.Caecilia... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 2 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

09:00

How I Overcame my Four-Year Vibrato Rut
Artists
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Katie Brown

Eastman School of Music (USA)
Katie contributed previously with a Lecture Recital also at the 44th IVC in Wellington.Katie received her Bachelor of Music Education at Illinois State University in 2017, and hopes to complete her Masters of Music in Viola Performance and Music Education at Eastman School of Music... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 3 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

09:00

Oene van Geel Workshop
Workshop with Oene van Geel

Artists
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Oene van Geel

Composer
Influenced by jazz, chamber music, Indian music and free improvisation, he has applied his virtuoso improvisation skills and his composition talents to a wide scope of musical activities. He toured in Europe, India, Japan, the USA and Canada.          As a player he is currently... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 09:00 - 10:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 4 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

09:30

School Project Presentation "Discover the Viola"
Presentatie Schoolproject "Ontdek de Altviool", met Letizia Sciarone en Ro Krauss

Kom 24 november 2018 om 9.30 uur naar de muziektheatervoorstelling Anders?! in het Hofpleintheater aan de Benthemstraat 13, Rotterdam.
Na de voorstelling kun je instrumenten uitproberen, zien hoe een altviool gebouwd wordt en nog veel meer.
Wil je alvast oefenen om mee te kunnen zingen, bekijk en beluister volgende linkjes:

Anders?! oefen video Je kunt het filmpje tussendoor stoppen en herhalen. Het duurt ongeveer 15 minuten waarbij de tekst rustig met pianobegeleiding wordt gezongen.
Anders?! concert uitvoering, bekijk en beluister hoe het lied in concertuitvoering wordt gespeeld en gezongen.


Speakers
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Letizia Sciarone

Violin
Letizia Sciarone started playing the violin at the age of 7 and she performed with members of the Rotterdam Philharmonic for the first time when she was ten years of age. After her violin studies at Rotterdam Conservatory she studied at the Royal College of Music in London. With the... Read More →



Saturday November 24, 2018 09:30 - 10:15
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

10:00

Master Class Frank Brakkee
Viola Master Class with Frank Brakkee
Selected students:
Nicolas Mendoza: Walton concerto, 1st mvt
Elena Santana de la Rosa:  Schwanendreher 2nd mvt
May Bardsley: Shostakovich sonata, 1st mvt

Caecilia Boschman, IVC pianist


Artists
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Caecilia Boschman

IVC Pianist
Caecilia Boschman studied piano with Frans van Hoek at the Conservatory in Rotterdamwhere she graduated both as a teacher and as a soloist. After graduation she went on tostudy with Jan Wijn. Caecilia took masterclasses with Imogen Cooper, Horacio Gutierrez enOxana Yablonskaja.Caecilia... Read More →
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Frank Brakkee

Radio Filhamonisch Orkest (The Netherlands)
Frank Brakkee is a versatile violist, playing in a wide variety of ensembles. For more than 25 years he combines a principal chair in The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra with the renowned Nieuw Ensemble, playing contemporary music around the globe. Furthermore, he can be found in (among others) ensemble/orchestra Ludwig, and the Tim Kliphuis Sextet, playing jazz, classical, folk and gypsy cross-overs. Lots of chamber music groups are happy to work with him. As a soloist Frank played m... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 2 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

10:00

Master Class Marc Sabbah
Master Class with Marc Sabbah,
Repertoire: Reger solo suites
Selected students:
Aurora Rus Tome
Alistair Rutherford: 1st suite, 1st mvt
Francisca Barata Feyo: 1st suite, 1st+4th mvt



Artists
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Marc Sabbah

Marc Sabbah (1988, New York City) is a viola soloist, chamber musician, teacher and as of 2012 is the viola soloist of the National Orchestra of Belgium and regular guest principal viola of the Israeli Philharmonic. As of September 2017, Marc is a guest professor of viola at the Royal... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

10:00

Crossover Techniques Workshop
Artists
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Roland Satterwhite

Roland Satterwhite is an American violinist/violist and singer. He has lived in Berlin since 2008. Asa violist, he composes for, and fronts the band Tolyqyn. He also performs his original songs solowith the help of pedals and occasional sparing use of a loop machine. His songs are... Read More →
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Yanna Pelser

Dutch violist and Resonance coach Yanna Pelser studied classical viola in Rotterdam, Detmold andTilburg with teachers Gisella Bergman and Diemut Poppen.After finishing her master's degree she received two grants (VSB-fonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds), to finance a special education... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 3 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

10:00

Music, Space, and the Moon (2)
Interactive workshop session to stimulate the participants (musicians!) to think and develop ideas or musical projects inspired by space and the Moon.
A series of Artscience projects have been developed such as organising concerts, global performances in space facilities, giving musical performance with space sounds or visuals in congresses, developing musical content for a miniaturised gallery that can be sent to space or to the Moon.
Moderator: Prof Bernard Foing, senior space scientist at the European Space Agency (ESA), MoonMars explorer. He has studied viola and chamber music with Kristos Michalakakos, Pierre Pasquier and Simone Feyrabend, played in various chamber music groups (including now ESTEC Space Strings) and orchestras, and produced number of concerts and artscience events.


Speakers
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Bernard Foing

European Space Agency
Prof Bernard Foing, senior space scientist at the European Space Agency (ESA), MoonMars explorer. He has studied viola and chamber music with Kristos Michalakakos, Pierre Pasquier and Simone Feyrabend, played in various chamber music groups (including now ESTEC Space Strings) and... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Studio 4 Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

10:30

4Viola Composition Contest Presentation
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 →

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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
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

11:15

Be the Music
Be the Music is an invitation, an encouragement and a guide for musicians to use their whole being as an instrument while playing music. Basically you only need to do what you usually do with your instrument: clean and tune: Cleaning in this case means remove any unnecessary information from your system; Tuning means put your being in a state that supports the piece of music you are playing.

Artists
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Ada Meinich

Ada Meinich is an uncommonly versatile violist. Born in Oslo (Norway) in 1980, she began her formal studies in her hometown before finetuning her particular musical expression in Stockholm, Frankfurt,Berlin and Salzburg as a student of, among others, Bjørn Sjøgren, Tabea Zimmermann... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 11:15 - 12:00
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

12:45

Viola/piano music by Turkish composers
VIOLA/PIANO MUSIC BY TURKISH COMPOSERS
Beste Tiknaz Modiri, viola

Caecilia Boschman, piano

Ekrem Zeki Ün (1910-1987): Yunus'un Mezarında (At the Tomb of Yunus)
Ayla Kocatürk (1976-): Bir Damla Yasemin (A Drop of Jasmine)
Betin Güneş (1957-): Beste
Melisa Uzunarslan (1985-): Sonat, 3. Bana... (To Me...), 4. Hasta... (Ill...)
Muammer Sun (1932- ): Köçekçe (a Turkish boy dance)

Total length: 25'
Proposal ref: RC117

Artists
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Beste Tiknaz Modiri

Istanbul University State Conservatory (Turkey)
Beste Tiknaz Modiri, -violist- is a winner of national and international prizes and awards, such as; ICMEC Competition (Gold Medal), BO.CO. String Idol, MTNA Young Concert Artists State and Eastern Competitions, BO.CO. Concerto Competition, 9 Eylul University national viola Competition.Began... Read More →
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Caecilia Boschman

IVC Pianist
Caecilia Boschman studied piano with Frans van Hoek at the Conservatory in Rotterdamwhere she graduated both as a teacher and as a soloist. After graduation she went on tostudy with Jan Wijn. Caecilia took masterclasses with Imogen Cooper, Horacio Gutierrez enOxana Yablonskaja.Caecilia... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 12:45 - 13:10
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

13:15

Electronic Arts
1) Hillary Herndon, Jorge Variego and Matias Pedrana: 
Urban Haiku,  for viola, bass clarinet and bandoneon

2) Olivier Marin
Undō, composition for viola, electronic and video

Programme Notes:

Urban Haiku:
Urban haiku is a new work that places the viola in a new sonic environment. The piece incorporates elements of improvisation, characteristic textures of Argentinian tango featuring the sound of a viola that for moments becomes a hyper-instrument, enhanced by the power of the live electronics.
The piece is not a tango for viola, it is a suggestive work that is the result of the fusion of rustic urban sounds, melancholic bandoneón textures, with new soundscapes that involve the bass clarinet and the live electronics. Hillary, Matías and Jorge bring to this work their strengths from their fields of expertise. This new composition embeds chamber music excellence intertwined with traditional tango and new media.
The work fits the congress theme in two ways.  First, it presents the viola in a new compositional environment; the combination of the viola with bandoneón, bass clarinet and live computer electronics alone is a new ensemble never before explored.  Secondly, the exploration of new styles of playing combined with traditional textures of the Argentinian tango can reach a new audience of listeners.  The work can be equally at home in a concert hall as a milonga, the traditional home of the tango.

About Undō:
In Japanese, Undō means movement. After having created a show entitled «On the silk road» in which I incorporated «A String around autumn» by Toru Takemitsu (viola and piano) with musical haïku by Pierre Dutrieu (viola and voice), I studied more closely the Japanese haïku by Matsuo Bashõ, a great poet during the Edo era. I was inspired by a poem:

The autumn arrived
 coming to visit my ear
 a pillow of wind

Matsuo Basõ (1644-1695)
I’ve been fascinated by Japanese culture since I was initiated to martial arts. I even composed a few years ago a short work named Empi, for viola only, which was inspired by the movements of the Empi kata in karate. Undō is composed of fourth textures, first the soundtrack from my viola, second the ring bells from a sonogram analysis of the melodic sound of Iranian kamanche viola with the use of «AudioSculpt», and I finally used «Open-music» to recreate a harmonic texture. The chords thus created have been assigned to a midi instrument «Tubular Bells», which created these strange bells, sometimes with quarter of tones. Third, there are digital effects used at the same time in automation on pre-recorded tracks or controlled live with softstep; fourth, the viola sound with the written part which include several techniques of playing. The piece includes 3 scenes in Ableton-Live (A,B,C), which use different ways the digital processings. All is written down, the only part which includes improvisation is part B, but works like a pivot for the final theme. The initial harmonic and melodic material is quite modal and is inspired by pieces of the late Renaissance like Carlo Gesualdo. The contrapuntal and melodic part for «violas» contrasts with the intangible and clockwise movement of the bells. I wanted to bring together  the viola and the machine, earthly and digital time, ancient music and the «noise» of the ultra contemporary electronic music, and then to confuse the issue in the final part by bringing a bit of tonality and conferring a unifying role to the bells.

The video by Jullian Hoff, composer in digital arts, was pieced together from the music sheet. It explores the shock between two times since most of the shapes and the colors are from the patterns that Jullian calligraphed himself. We tried both alike to be thrifty in the material and tried to create a visual and musical space out of time.


Artists
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Hillary Herndon

University of Tennessee (USA)
Violist Hillary Herndon has earned a national reputation for her brilliant playing, “sweetly soaring tone” (Time Out New York), creative programming and insightful teaching. She has been heard on NPR and PBS and has collaborated with some of the world’s foremost artists, including... Read More →
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Jorge Variego

Bass Clarinet, Composer
Jorge Variego was born in Rosario, Argentina. He received his PhD in music composition from the University of Florida, MM in composition and clarinet performance from Carnegie Mellon University (Fulbright Scholar). He is currently faculty in Music Theory/Composition at the University... Read More →
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Matias Pedrana

Bandoneon
Matias Pedrana began his musical studies in his native Argentina and received his degree from the Rotterdam conservatorium-The Netherlands. He has performed with many well known artists and ensembles such as: "Orquesta Tipica OTRA", "Guardia Cadenera", "Nueva Manteca", "Motion Unlimited... Read More →
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Olivier Marin

Conservatoire de Paris
OLIVIER MARIN, viola/composerOlivier Marin, violist and composer, performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician at musicfestivals worldwide where he presents original recitals combining classical, contemporary and worldmusic. In his artistic approach, Olivier explores various... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 13:15 - 13:45
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

14:00

Master Class Kim Kashkashian
Viola Masterclass with Kim Kashkashian, 
The repertoire is Kurtàg's "Signs, Games and Messages"
Selected students:  
Gonzalo Martin Rodriguez
Arttu Nummela



Artists
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Kim Kashkashian

Featured Artist, New England Conservatory, Boston (USA)
Violist Kim Kashkashian studied at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore with Walter Trampler and Karen Tuttle, and worked intensively with mentor Felix Galimir at the Marlboro Music Festival. A committed proponent of contemporary music, she has enjoyed creative relationships with... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 14:00 - 15:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

15:15

Talk Show 3: SpaceTalk - “MoonMars Villages and Arts”
Venue: Hofpleintheater, main foyer

SpaceTalk “MoonMars Villages and Arts”.
Including performance by the ESTEC Space Strings



Speakers
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Bernard Foing

European Space Agency
Prof Bernard Foing, senior space scientist at the European Space Agency (ESA), MoonMars explorer. He has studied viola and chamber music with Kristos Michalakakos, Pierre Pasquier and Simone Feyrabend, played in various chamber music groups (including now ESTEC Space Strings) and... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 15:15 - 15:45
Venue: Other (see Description)

15:15

Viola versus Viola
1) Luca Sanzò & Camilla Insom: 
Garth Knox (Ireland, 1956) from Viola spaces for two (2006)
- Beside the bridge
Gérard Pesson (France, 1958) Paraphernalia (2009)
George Benjamin (England, 1960) Viola, Viola
Garth Knox
- Up, down, sideways, round

2)  In Due: Italian Viola Duo's
Alicia Valoti, Elias Goldstein, violas
- Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840):  Capricci per Violino, op. 1:  #13, #20.
     (arr. for 2 violas by Elias Goldstein)
- Emanuele Barbella (1718-1777):  Duetto no.3 per due viole; Largo - Allegro Assai.

Programme Notes:

Viola, Viola
The programme starts with one of the Contemporary viola studies of the Irish violist composer Garth Knox, volume entitled "Viola spaces for two", which follows the first volume "Viola Spaces" written for viola solo. The collection includes eight studies, composed in 2006 for duo of violas, written to deal with eight different techniques of execution, typical of contemporary music for our instrument, in these eight studies, all with an important musical structure, we tackle the pizzicato, the quarters of tone, the blown bow strokes, the sound of the bridge and tastiera, the blown sound, the tremolo.

The next piece is “Paraphernalia” written in 2009 by Gérard Pesson, a french composer who was born in 1958. Paraphernalia was commissioned by FONCA (national fund for Mexican culture) and by the young violist Omar Hernandez-Hidalgo, very famous in Mexico and beyond, prematurely passed away at the age of 39 (by assassination!) the following year for Mexican culture. "Paraphernalia”, yielding a lot of harmonic effects and a substantial rhythmic excursion typical of today's music, proposes a bridge between European and emerging culture in Central America (Hernandez-Hidalgo was the first Mexican to achieve a doctorate in viola).

The ideal point of arrival, is a duo that has marked a point of reference in recent history of compositions for viola: the duo of English composer George Benjamin “Viola, Viola”. Written in 1997, commissioned by Toru Takemitsu on behalf of the Tokyo Opera City cultural foundation he was currently director, it was premiered in the grand hall, on the occasion of its inauguration, by Yuri Bashmet and Nobuko Imai. In a short time, “Viola Viola” has become a piece of clear musical and technical value, with its boldest solutions that make it extremely difficult, never an end in itself but always turned to an excellent and exhaustive representation of the sound and the presence of the viola.

We conclude with another piece from the Garth Knox "Viola spaces".

In Due: 
There is a rich tradition of duet-type studies and works for violin performance. These were used for pedagogical motives, and often involved both teacher and student. Evolving congruently were viola “duet” studies and caprices, which gradually increased in difficulty and virtuosity. At times the secondary parts were added later, providing a richer harmonic texture and rendering the etude or caprice even more concert-worthy.
Composers such as Alessandro Rolla, Ferdinando Giorgetti , Emanuele Barbella and Marco Anzoletti all wrote works which contain a virtuosic solo viola part, intended to explore a higher level of musicality and
expertise in viola playing. This solo line is then accompanied by a secondary part, ranging in involvement and technicality. This same concept can be further extended with the Capricci of Niccolò Paganini (op 1), where the viola exhibits extreme proficiency but can be likewise joined by a secondary viola part in a continuation of the concert experience.



Artists
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Alicia Valoti

Central Michigan University (USA)
A div erse artist in both viola and piano, Dr Alicia Marie Valoti brings energy to the international music scene through performance, education and research. She holds degrees from McGill University, Rice University, il Conservatorio di Firenze “Luigi Cherubini”, la Scuola APM... Read More →
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Camilla Insom

Camilla Insom, graduated in Viola under the guidance of M ° A. Vismara at the Conservatory of Music "L.Cherubini" in Florence. Afterwards, she also specialized with M ° L. Sanzò in the contemporary repertoire for Viola solo in Rome. With the Aphrodite Strings Quartet, which she... Read More →
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Elias Goldstein

Elias Goldstein won second prize at the Primrose International Viola Competition in 2011, and made his Russian debut with the Moscow Soloists and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. He took second prize at the Bashmet International Viola Competition, and was also a top prize-winner... Read More →
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Luca Sanzò

Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble (Rome, Italy)
Luca Sanzò, pupil of Bruno Giuranna, conducts an intense professional activity dividing his time between concerts, recordings and teaching. He has performed concerts all over the world, as a guest artist in prestigious concert halls and festivals: the music Biennale in Venice, Musicacusticafestival... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 15:15 - 16:05
Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt (GKV) Simonstraat 8-10, 3032 AM Rotterdam, Netherlands

16:15

Moonwalk
Seasoned viola Duo Black Büyü presents a world premiere commission at IVC Rotterdam 2018. Composed by violist Kellen McDaniel, Moonwalk is a new kind of work which pushes the boundaries of what two violists can do in concert. A semi staged piece, Moonwalk tells the story of an encounter in space between two travellers who overcome their differences through a shared affinity for the viola. Including elements of drama, dance, singing, electronics and more, Moonwalk charts an unforgettable journey demonstrating the power of the viola to help us overcome the distances between us and to bridge our cultural divides.   Watch the TRAILER here.

Black Büyü is a classical viola duo featuring Kardelen Buruk and Kellen McDaniel. With a diverse repertoire, rich in both contemporary and classical music, Black Büyü presents a one of a kind concert experience. Also composers and arrangers, Black Büyü is constantly adding new covers and original music to their show.


Artists
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Kardelen Buruk

Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (The Netherlands)
Kardelen Buruk was born in Ankara in 1996. She participated in AIMS Festival and she worked with Prof. Ulrich Knörzer (viola) and Johannes Geffer (chamber orchestra). She performed in concerts of solo viola and chamber orchestra within AIMS Festival. In 2013 Summer She participated... Read More →
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Kellen McDaniel

Composer, Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (The Netherlands)
Kellen McDaniel is a violist, composer and graduate of The Juilliard School (Bachelor of Music, 2013) and The Royal Conservatoire of The Netherlands (Master of Music, 2015), now pursuing an advanced Master of Chamber Music at The Royal Conservatoire of The Netherlands. Born and raised... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 16:15 - 16:40
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

16:45

Viola Orchestra Concert
IVC2018 Viola Orchestra Performance
Marcin Murawski -  conductor

Artists
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Marcin Murawski

Academy of Music, Poznan (Poland)
Marcin Murawski (born 29 October 1974 in Poznań) studied viola at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan with his father, professor Andrzej Murawski, graduating with distinction in 1998. Further studies were with Claus Myrup in Aarhus, Denmark. He subsequently earned his doctorate and post-doctorate habilitation, between... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 16:45 - 17:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

17:00

IVC2018 Closing Ceremony
presentation That viola kid
presentation Viola made by the violin makers
Speech Carlos
Speech Kristofer
Handover for the next congress
Speech Boguslawa (TBC)



Speakers
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Drew Alexander "ThatViolaKid" Forde

Vlogger, YouTuber
A fiery, passionate performer who leaves everything on the stage, Drew Alexander Forde gives his all to audiences. Hailing from The Juilliard School, Drew regularly performs throughout the United States. Described by NPR as “outgoing, nerdy, and unabashedly enthusiastic about classical... Read More →
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Kristofer Skaug

Host, IVC2018
Born in Oslo (Norway), Kristofer Skaug works at the European Space Agency in Noordwijk as a Software Engineer and  project manager. In this capacity he has extensive experience in the management of international projects. In 2012 he became a co-founding board member of the Dutch Viola Society (DVS), and plays the viola in various amateur orchestras and... Read More →
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Carlos Maria Solare

President, International Viola Society
Born in 1960 in Buenos Aires, Carlos Maria Solare studied viola there with Tomás Tichauer. In 1980 he went to Berlin with a scholarship of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation and has remained there ever since. As a fellow of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy, he had lessons... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 17:00 - 18:00
Hofplein Rotterdam, Main Theatre Benthemstraat 13, 3032 CC Rotterdam, Netherlands

18:00

IVC Buffet
Venue: Hofpleintheater Foyer
Italian buffet by Den Burg Catering
Price €10 pp.

Saturday November 24, 2018 18:00 - 19:00
Venue: Other (see Description)

19:15

Pre-concert Programme Saturday: YTO with Young Soloists
Venue: De Doelen Grote Zaal, main entrance/foyer
Hellendaal / Codarts Young Talents Orchestra, conducted by Mikhail Zemtsov

Programme:
L. van Beethoven: Symphony no.5, 4th movement: Finale allegro
H. Vieuxtemps: Elegie / soloist Mila Kastelijn, viola
Ch. de Beriot:  Scène de Ballet / soloist Sunniva Skaug, viola
Paganini- Kugel: Carnevale di Venezia / soloist Anuschka Pedano, viola
A. Khatchaturian: Sabre Dance


Artists
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Anuschka Pedano

Anuschka Pedano received her first violin lesson at the age of seven. However, inspired by Max Bruch’s beautiful Romanza for viola and orchestra and the wonderful warm sound of the viola she changed to viola lessons in 2009.  Anuschka now studies with Julia Dinerstein at the Young... Read More →
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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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Mila Kastelein

Codarts Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Mila Kastelein started violin lessons at age 6 with Stieneke Voorhoeve-Poot. At age 10, she first made acquaintance with the viola at the "Introduction Course" given by Karin Dolman (Dutch Viola Society) at the Viotta Youth Orchestra in The Hague. She continued violin studies for... Read More →
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Sunniva Skaug

Hellendaal Music Institute, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
Sunniva Skaug (15) won the Britten viola competition (age category 11-14) in Zwolle in 2017, and a 2nd prize in the regional finals of the Prinses Chrinstina Competitionin Den Bosch 2018. Since 2017 she is a member of the string quartet "Young Strings Zeist", under direct mentorship... Read More →
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Young Talent Orchestra

Hellendaal/Codarts
The Young Talent Orchestra (YTO) is one of the leading Youth Orchestras in The Netherlands, finishing 2nd in the Dutch National Youth Orchestra Competition in June 2018. The orchestra consists of talented students from the Hellendaal Music Institute and the Codarts pre-college programme.Here's... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 19:15 - 20:00
Venue: Other (see Description)

20:15

IVC2018 Closing Concert
Venue: De Doelen, Grote Zaal

Programme:
Herbert Howells: Elegy for viola, string quartet and string orchestra
William Walton: Viola concerto
- intermission - 
Robert Schumann: Symphony no.4

Artists: 
Lawrence Power, viola
DoelenKwartet (Frank de Groot, Maartje Kraan, Karin Dolman, Hans Woudenberg)
Bochumer Symphoniker, conducted by David Marlow

Description:
The closing concert of the International Viola Congress 2018 includes two masterpieces from the viola repertoire. In his Elegy, Herbert Howells makes the most of the sonorous timbre of the viola to create a melancholic atmosphere. A brilliant contrast is given by the sunny Walton concerto, with which the composer firmly established his name on the English music scene.
After the intermission, the Bochumer Symphoniker perform the 4th symphony of Schumann, inspired by the composer's wife Clara.
This concert is organized by our IVC2018 Partner, De Doelen.


Artists
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DoelenKwartet

String Quartet
The DoelenKwartet is one of the most prominent string quartets in the Netherlands where modern classical music is concerned. Their repertoire encompasses more than 200 contemporary pieces and compositions dating back to the early twentieth century.  With the purpose of placing their... Read More →
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Lawrence Power

Featured Artist
Lawrence Power is one of today’s foremost violists, in demand worldwide as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber music partner.Over the past decade, he has become a regular guest performer with orchestras of the highest calibre.  Highlights in 2017-18 include his debut with... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 20:15 - 22:15
Venue: Other (see Description)

22:45

Rotterdam: Jazz duo for viola and piano
Venue: Societeit MATRIX

Voorheen 110 "Ultreia", maar nu met nieuw programma:
Nehir speelt een nieuwe compositie "Rotterdam: jazz duo for viola/piano", met IEMAND op piano. ca. 15'-20'.

Artists
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Nehir Akansu

Berklee College of Music Valencia | Master of Contemporary Performance, 2018.Escola Altos Estudos Musicais Santiago de Compostela | Orchestra Academy, 2016.Izmir Dokuz Eylul University | Master of Classical Music / Viola, 2016.Conservatoire Rayonnement Regional de Rueil-Malmaison... Read More →


Saturday November 24, 2018 22:45 - 23:00
Venue: Other (see Description)

22:45

Late Night / Afterparty
Venue: Societeit MATRIX


Saturday November 24, 2018 22:45 - 23:30
Venue: Other (see Description)