The International Viola Society (IVS) is the umbrella organization that governs and supports existing and future national and regional organized groups or “National Sections” of violists. The IVS is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports activities that serve the common good for all friends of the viola. Many countries all over the world already run national viola societies, for example in the USA, Canada, Australia/New Zealand, Germany, UK, Norway, Poland and Italy. For more information: and read their newsletter here.

The Dutch Viola Society (DVS) is a fully recognised member section of the IVS since 2013, striving to continue and expand the vision and mission of the IVS in the Netherlands. A small percentage of the DVS revenues are passed on to the IVS to support the world-wide cooperation among Viola Societies.

The DVS plays an active role in the international viola community by attending the  International Viola Congresses (IVC) and contributing to their programmes with performances, commissioned compositions and lectures. Furthermore, in 2018 the DVS hosted the 45th IVC in Rotterdam!

Below, you can read about past and future planned IVC’s, and the DVS role in them:

IVC 2013: Krakow, Poland
IVC 2014: Porto, Portugal
IVC 2015: No congress
IVC 2016: Cremona, Italy
IVC 2017: Wellington, New Zealand
IVC 2018: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
IVC 2019: Poznan, Poland
IVC 2020/2021: Postponed due to COVID-19
IVC 2022: Columbus, Georgia (USA)