Old Ox Masterclasses, Stockholm

The Old Ox Music Festival in Stockholm (formerly known as the Aurora Festival) offers online viola masterclasses for advanced students this summer, from July 16th – 29th. The viola masterclasses are taught by Julia Dinerstein, Hartmut Rohde, Alexander Zemtsov and Julia Rebekka Adler.

And the best part: There’s no course fee!

The application deadline is May 14th, so be quick and apply through this link: https://oldox.se/event/stockholm-master-classes-2021/




Workshop “Taking better care of your viola”

In this online workshop, the Amsterdam-based luthier Chaim Achttienribbe shares with us some tips about how to keep your dear viola in top shape! Interviewed by violist Judith Souman and fellow luthier Jan van der Elst, the first part of the workshop takes the form of a prerecorded lecture. After that, Chaim will be present live in the Zoom meeting to answer your questions!

Chaim Achttienribbe graduated from the Newark School of Violin Making near Nottingham in the United Kingdom in 2002. He then started working for Loerakker Vioolbouwers in Haarlem, where he acquired the skill, routine and secret knowledge of violin and bow restoration. Since 2004, he teamed up with Bas Maas to start a thriving new workshop in Amstedam – the Pijp, where Chaim specialized in the restoration and repair of instruments and bows. In 2008 he also worked for the renowned Russian luthier Vladislav Sirin in St. Petersburg.

The workshop is open to all violists, and also other string players will find it very relevant! Sign up below!

Date:  Saturday, May 29th, at 15:00h
Place:  Online, Zoom (registered participants will receive a link)
Language:  The workshop will be given in English
Costs:  Voluntary financial donation, we suggest €10,-
Registration: Use form below

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Zemtsov Viola Quartet livestream bij Dodenherdenking

Bij de Nationale Dodenherdenking op 4 mei as. zal het Zemtsov Viola Quartet een bijzonder concert spelen tijdens een livestream uitzending vanuit de Noorderkerk in Amsterdam. Onder andere wordt een opdrachtscompositie van Leo Samama (Fantasy voor 4 altviolen, op.101) in première gebracht.

De live stream is vanaf 19:45u te volgen via een youtube-link op deze pagina: https://hofjesconcertenadam.nl/  (het altvioolkwartet treedt pas na 20:00u op).

Tune in!


Francisca Galante wins 2nd Prize at PCC

The Portuguese violist Francisca Galante (17 years old) won the 2nd prize in category 3 (for conservatory students) at the National Finals of the Prinses Christina Competition 2021. This was just announced by Her Royal Highness Princes Margriet on a special live streamed awards ceremony this evening. Francisca played the 1st movement of Hindemith’s solo sonata op.25 no.1, and the Pensiero & Allegro Appassionato by Frank Bridge (accompanied by Martijn Willers on the piano). You can watch her performance through this link.

Next to the honours, Francisca was also awarded a solo appearance with JON (Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands) and the Wijnhaven prize (masterclasses). Francisca is currently a 1st year student in the class of Francien Schatborn at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

The Dutch violist Norea Quirijnen (16 years old, a pupil of Julia Dinerstein) also appeared among the 17 finalists this week. (Update 25/04/2021:) She won an audience prize for her rendition of the Rubinstein viola sonata (1st movement).  You can watch her performance through this link.

Congratulations to both Francisca and Norea!

The complete results of the PCC National Finals can be found here.

Signs, Games & Messages – Musings of a middle-aged chamber music nerd

Online lecture by violist Roeland Jagers

In this lecture, based on a recently published text, Roeland shares 25 years of chamber music experience. His journey as a violist and teacher is inspiring for professionals, students and amateur musicians alike. It offers valuable and unique insights in all aspects of playing together – musically, instrumentally and psychologically.

Roeland Jagers was a founding member of the Rubens Quartet. Currently he is a member of the Rubens Consort, and also of Metamorphoses, an international trio (clarinet/viola/piano) which released a highly acclaimed debut album. In 2020, Roeland and his wife, violinist Sarah Kapustin, made a duo album titled Reflections.

Date:  Saturday, May 8th, at 16:00h
Place:  Online, Zoom (registered participants will receive a link)
Language:  The lecture will be given in English
Costs:  Voluntary financial donation, we suggest €10,-
Registration: Use form below

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The Pleasant sound of Pitch – workshop with Karin Dolman

After her lecture on fingerings, Karin Dolman, viola teacher at Codarts University of Arts Rotterdam (and DVS board member) will guide you though the struggle of practicing on intonation.
This lecture will be an interactive talk with questions being answered and problems hopefully being solved!
For 27 years, Karin Dolman played in the DoelenKwartet where she played mainly contemporary music. This experience made her believe in making the impossible possible and never give up. She currently performs regularly with her “partner in crime”, pianist Caecilia Boschman – as a duo, but also with wind instruments and singers. 
As an amateur horn player (for 33 years) playing in an amateur orchestra, Karin knows the medal from both sides, and has taught her how musicians find pleasure in making music or the desire to get the highest out of their instrument. 

Date:  Saturday, April 10th, at 15:00h
Place:  Online, Zoom (registered participants will receive a link)
Language:  The workshop will be given in English
Costs:  Voluntary financial donation, we suggest €10,-
Registration: Use form below

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Norea Quirijnen wint (weer!) 1e prijs bij PCC Oost

Net als in 2019 won altvioliste Norea Quirijnen (16 jaar, Zutphen) een 1e prijs bij het Prinses Christina Concours Oost – dit keer in Categorie 2. Zij mag door naar de Nationale Finale van het PCC op 10 april as. Verder verdiende ze een masterclass met een gerenommeerde docent naar keuze. Het PCC wordt dit jaar helemaal online gehouden, dus we mogen meegenieten van alle optredens. Hier (link) is de inzending van Norea, het 1e deel uit de altvioolsonate van Anton Rubinstein (op.49).

Nog een altvioliste, Silke Veldman (18 jaar, Zwolle) ontving een Ensemble Aanmoedigingsprijs voor haar optreden met het Figurati Kwartet.

Van harte gefeliciteerd!

De volledige uitslag van het PCC-Oost is hier te vinden.

IVS Launches Series of National Viola Livestreams!

The International Viola Society (IVS) has come up with a nice initiative during this pandemic, where travel is next to impossible and our cherished International Viola Congresses (IVCs) have been put on hold. There will instead be a monthly livestreamed programme from various national sections of the IVS.

First up is the Canadian Viola Society (CVS) (more details below), to be followed in the coming months by the Turkish Viola Society, the Polish Viola Society and … the Dutch Viola Society!  We will of course keep you informed as more details emerge.

The livestreams are of course free of charge, and available to all violists around the world, whether or not you are a member of an IVS section.

Here is a trailer produced by our very own IVS board representative Karin Dolman:

Find below the official invitation from the IVS/CVS:

Dear IVS section members across the world!

Tomorrow is the big day! – Please join us  tomorrow,
Sunday 28th of March at 20:30h Amsterdam (summer) time, for our first virtual IVS event featuring Canada!
A masterclass and a final award ceremony with the great Canadian violist Steven Dann has been put together for you, in order for you to take part in one of our sections highlights of the year – despite Covid which still hounds us and makes international travel impossible.  Enjoy!
From now on, every month we will have a surprise for you. Stay tuned!
Viva la viola!
Jutta and the fantastic and innovative IVS board