Zemtsov Masterfest 2023 in Hoeven

The renowned Zemtsov family organizes their unique yearly masterclass for viola students and advanced amateur players from all over the world in the Bovendonk Conference Center in Hoeven (www.bovendonk.nl). Associated with this is an extensive programme of workshops, lectures and chamber music concerts under the title “MASTERFEST 2023“, from February 27th – March 5th.

The concerts feature top artists such as Daniel Rowland (violin), Floor LeCoutre (violin), Dana Zemtsov (viola), Maya Bogdanovich (cello), Pau Codina (cello), Nicholas Schwartz (double bass), Anna Fedorova and Borys Fedorov (piano), and of course the Zemtsov Viola Quartet, plus selected students from the Masterclasses.

The full MASTERFEST programme can be found here, and  to order tickets go here.

DVS Friends can buy tickets for all the public events in this programme with a special 10% Discount. To obtain the discount code, click here.

Vinciane Béranger Concert & Masterclasses

The renowned French violist Vinciane Béranger will be in The Netherlands in the coming days to perform and give Masterclasses.

  • On Sunday Feb 12th, she performs a recital in Dordrecht together with pianist Roderigo Robles de Medina. The programme includes works by Kurtág, Schumann, Britten, Finzi, and the American composer Steven Christopher Sacco.
  • On Monday Feb.13th, she gives a Masterclass for the viola students at Codarts in Rotterdam. If you are interested in attending as audience, contact Karin Dolman at this email address.
  • On Tuesday Feb. 14th, she gives a Masterclass for the viola students at the Conservatory of Tilburg. Contact Emlyn Stam at this email address  if you want to be in the audience.

DVS & CvA Masterclass with Timothy Ridout

Next month (February 2023), the acclaimed young British violist Timothy Ridout will be in Amsterdam to perform Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Gordan Nikolic and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (Nederlands Kamerorkest). You may recall that Ridout was one of our Featured Artists at the IVC2018 in Rotterdam, where both his playing and his inspiring masterclass session received high praise from a delighted audience.

This time, the DVS has joined forces with the Conservatory of Amsterdam to organize another high-octane Masterclass with Timothy Ridout on February 15th 2023 in the afternoon, from 15:00 – 18:00h in the Sweelinckzaal of the Conservatory of Amsterdam.


There are two ways to be a part of this event:

Participant: We have an open application process for one or two deserving students to receive a full-length masterclass (sponsored by DVS) with Timothy Ridout. You can read the official Terms and Conditions for applicants and fill in the application form here.

Audience: Attendance is free! Please register for attendance via the form below, so that we have an idea how many people will come, and can keep you up to date about the schedule and logistics of the event.

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Online lecture by Molly Gebrian on the Neuroscience of Practicing

The DVS has the pleasure to invite you to an online lecture:

“What Musicians can Learn about Practicing from Current Brain Research”

Lecturer:  Dr. Molly Gebrian
Date:  Sunday, January 15th, 2023
Time: 20:00h (Central European Time)
Place: Online (Zoom;
registered participants will receive a link)
Language:  English
Costs: Voluntary financial donation
Registration: Use form below

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. Topics include: how to get rid of bad habits, how to make things automatic/reliable, the role of sleep in learning, the power of mental practicing, how to use the metronome to greatest effect, and the benefits of random practice for enhanced performance.

Dr. Molly Gebrian is a professional violist and scholar with a background in cognitive neuroscience. Her area of expertise is applying the research on learning and memory to practicing and performing music. She also investigates the intersections between music and language. As a performer, she prioritizes the works of living composers and those who have traditionally been excluded from the culture of classical music. She holds degrees in both music and neuroscience from Oberlin College and Conservatory, New England Conservatory of Music, and Rice University. Currently, she is the viola professor at the University of Arizona.

Viola Society members may recall her lecture with a similar scope, given at the 48th International Viola Congress in Rotterdam, 2018. Molly also serves on the board of the American Viola Society, and she was a co-host for the successful 47th International Viola Congress in Columbus, Georgia last year.

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Rotterdam Phil: Viola Academy opening for 2023-24

Are you a graduating (or recently graduated) Conservatory student, dreaming of a first experience with a big-league professional symphony orchestra?

For the third consecutive year, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra has announced the opening of one Academy chair for viola in the 2023/24 season, where the selected candidate will be able to “kick-start your orchestra career”.

The position is now open in Muvac, application deadline is January 30th, 2023.
You can also read more about the RPhO Academy on their site.

Lawrence Power Week! Masterclass + Concertkorting

Het zal u niet ontgaan zijn, deze week komt de onvolprezen altviolist Lawrence Power naar Rotterdam. In dit verband hebben we twee leuke acties voor altvioolvrienden:


Op vrijdag 18/11 en zondag 20/11 speelt Lawrence Power met het RPhO het Altvioolconcert van Schnittke, . Hiervoor krijgen vrienden van de DVS een speciale korting. De kortingcode vindt u hier.


Op donderdag 17 november geeft hij een openbare masterclass voor de Academisten van het Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest en één studente geselecteerd door de DVS.

Plaats: Eduard Flipse zaal, De Doelen
(publiek naar binnen via de artiesteningang aan de Kruisstraat!)

13:30-14:15u Viola Innocenti (RPhO) – Benjamin Britten, Elegy for solo viola
14:15-15:00u Ursula Skaug (RPhO) – York Bowen, Altvioolsonate nr.1
15:00-15:15u Pauze (koffie te koop in de artiestenfoyer)
15:15-16:00u Yuxin Chen (DVS) – Shostakovich sonate, deel 1
16:00-16:45u Academisten (RPhO) – Dvorak strijkkwintet op.77

U bent als toehoorder van harte welkom! Toegang is gratis (maar een vrijwillige bijdrage wordt gewaardeerd). Schrijf je graag in via het aanmeldformulier op deze pagina, dan kunnen we je op de hoogte houden van bijkomende praktische informatie.



Met DVS-korting naar Tabea Zimmermann!

Zoals je misschien al in onze ConcertAgenda hebt gezien, komt Tabea Zimmermann op zaterdagavond 12 november een recital spelen in de Kleine zaal van het Concertgebouw, waar altvioolsonates van Brahms, Sjostakovitsj, Clarke en Hindemith op het programma staan. De pianist is Kirill Gerstein.

Bij het Concertgebouw hebben we een speciale actie opgezet, waarmee Vrienden van de DVS 50% korting krijgen op alle rangen voor dit concert.  De kortingcode wordt heel binnenkort bekend gemaakt via de DVS Nieuwsbrief, dus abonneer je daar snel op, als je niet al geabonneerd bent (het inschrijfformuliertje vind je o.a. rechtsboven op onze Voorpagina).

DVS & RPhO Academy Masterclass with Lawrence Power

As you may be aware (especially if you are a loyal reader of our Concert Calendar), the great violist Lawrence Power will be in Rotterdam to perform Schnittke’s Viola Concerto on Nov. 18th and 20th.

On this occasion, the DVS has joined forces with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra Academy to organize a unique Masterclass with Lawrence Power on November 17th 2022 in the afternoon, from 13:30 – 17:30h in the Eduard Flipse hall.


There are two ways to be a part of this event:

Participant: We have an open application process for one deserving student to receive a full one-hour masterclass (sponsored by DVS) with Lawrence Power. You can read the official Terms and Conditions for applicants and fill in the application form here.

Audience: Attendance is free, but we will be very happy with a voluntary financial gift to cover the costs. Please register for attendance via the form below, so that we have an idea how many people will come, and can keep you up to date about the schedule of the event.

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Inschrijving Brittenconcours 2023 Geopend!

De zesde editie van het tweejaarlijkse Britten Altvioolconcours vindt op zaterdag 18 maart 2023 plaats in het ArtEZ Conservatorium in Zwolle.

Verplicht werk in categorie I (10-14j): Zelter, Altvioolconcert deel 2: Adagio
Verplicht werk in categorie II (15-18j): Leo Smit, Altvioolconcert deel 2: Lento

De 1e Prijswinnaars treden op als solist met het Britten Jeugd Strijkorkest olv. Loes Visser bij het laureatenconcert op zondag 16 april 2023 in Theater De Spiegel, Zwolle. Er zijn ook meerdere prijzen te winnen, zoals concertoptredens, masterclasses, en een speciale bladmuziekbonnenprijs ter beschikking gesteld door de DVS!

Voor meer informatie en aanmelding, ga naar de website van het Brittenconcours!

IVC Columbus Blog – Day 4

The 47th International Viola Congress takes place in Columbus, Georgia (USA) from June 1st – 5th, 2022. This daily blog / report is delivered to you by DVS board member Emlyn Stam.

Day 4: Satuday, June 4th, 2022
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The final full day of the viola congress included an enormous array of activities. The morning session featured our own DVS board member Karin Dolman’s performance of her own composition Pierrot Suite in full costume. Dolman’s performance was very well received in a packed theatre. Her piece tells the story of Pierrot, Harlequin and Colombine with a few references to Schönberg, Richard Strauss and others. Her performance was preceded by a warm rendition of Bach’s Violin Sonata number 2 by David Rose from the Cleveland Institute.

Karin Dolman’s performance “Pierrot”, in full costume (source: Karin Dolman’s vlog)

Scholar David Bynog from Rice University gave a lecture on Britten’s unpublished youth works and sketches for viola, complemented by marvelous performances by Timothy Ridout. Britten’s youthful Sonatina is a wonderful work that reveals the extent of the young composer’s talent at the young age of 14. We can only hope that the Britten-Pears Foundation will agree to publish these works so they can be disseminated amongst violists and music lovers alike. Bynog’s lectures touched on Britten’s relationship with the viola as a youngster as well as his relationship with violists over the course of his career, including William Primrose and Cecil Aronowitz.

David Bynog and Tim Ridout present unpublished Britten works for the viola (source: IVC livestream frame capture)

In the afternoon Santiago Velo Quintairos and Fernando Fresno Zarza (members of our DVS delegation and students at Codarts Rotterdam) presented a lecture on performing traditional Muiñeira’s from the Galicia in Spain on two violas. Their work used looping and pickup microphones to create a sound texture including percussion sounds, voice and viola. Their presentation was warmly received and their performances were both lively and convincing.

Recital by DVS/Codarts delegates Fernando (l) and Santiago (r) (source: Karin Dolman’s vlog)

This was followed by a presentation by veteran violist Thomas Tatton on the Joy of Practice. He gave a number of important guidelines on practicing to the assembled crowd and went through real live examples with the group having them practice these under his guidance. Polish violist Marcin Murawski gave a lecture on Georgian composer Giya Kancheli’s 18 miniatures, a set of pieces of which he made the world premiere recording with pianist Nino Jvania. This turned out to be Kancheli’s last work and is full of warm melodic materials and jazz elements.

The evening concert featured a recital by Kim Kashkashian with pianist Renana Gutman. The program included Lera Auerbach’s dark, brooding viola sonata Arcanum and Kashkashian’s own transcriptions of songs from South America, Schumann’s Fünf Stücke im Volkston (originally for cello) and Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne (originally for violin). These transcriptions, especially the Stravinsky, proved to be less than successful as viola-piano works.

Kim Kashkashian’s evening recital (source: IVC livestream frame capture)

The traditional congress banquet featured an array of awards and in memoria, given that the congresses have not been held in the past (3) years due to the pandemic. The International Viola Society’s silver cleft for contributions to the viola was awarded to violist Robert Diaz and received by his parents and sister. The honorary membership was awarded to New Zealand violist Donald Maurice, whose achievements are too numerous and important to summarize here.

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Editor’s notes:
1) You can also follow Karin Dolman’s Columbus IVC VLOG (yes, video!) on facebook, starting here, and continuing here, here, here, here, and here.
2) Even if you missed the live event, you can still register (as a “Virtual attendee”) to explore all the recorded contents (lectures, recitals, masterclasses) of this congress for another 3 months! See the Congress Website for full information.