IVC 2014 – Porto

In november 2014 reisde en delegatie van DVS bestuursleden en musici af naar het Internationale congres in Porto, om Nederland als altvioolland op de wereldkaart te zetten. Met o.a. een opdrachtscompositie van Jeppe Moulijn, een dubbelconcert van “Componist des Vaderlands” Willem Jeths en een lezing van Leo Samama was onze inbreng substantieel te noemen. Verslagen: [Dag 1] [Dag 2] [Dag 3] [Dag 4] [Dag 5].

20141126_IVC_foto_2Hieronder volgt officiele informatie gekopieerd van de congres-website, die nu helaas niet meer online is.


Presentation and General Information (EN)

Aplication form (link)                Congress Plan – not final (download)

The 42nd International Viola Congress – Porto 2014 will take place between 26 and 30 November, and will be based in the historic convent of São Bento da Vitória in Porto, with concerts being held in two of the city’s emblematic venues, the Casa da Música and the Coliseu. The five days of intense musical activity will include viola recitals, master-classes and orchestral concerts with viola solos featuring the most distinguished viola players in the world, as well as a wide variety of conferences given by prominent members of the international musical and economic community.

The Porto congress will be paying special attention to the younger generation of musicians, with its title being “Performing for the Future of Music”. Given the world economic crisis and the demands of globalization, the importance of culture cannot be overstated, and it is essential to prepare, with care and creativity, the future of musicians and all those involved in the promotion and production of erudite music. With the dedication of all those involved, the 42nd International Viola Congress – Porto 2014 will encourage the sharing of experience, motivating and inspiring future generations of viola players, and provide the ideal platform for the continued advancement of the art and knowledge of the viola.

The congress will also be promoting Portuguese musical heritage, young Portuguese artists and the creation of new audiences for the viola. To this end, a large part of the repertoire of Portuguese viola pieces will be presented to the international community in concert, and young Portuguese viola players will be given the opportunity to perform in public. Narrated concerts and concerts for children are also an excellent way of raising musical awareness amongst the general public.

The congress will also have an impact on the economics and promotion of tourism in Portugal, given that it will attract around 150 viola players from every continent and act as a spotlight on the city of Porto via the IVS network of contacts and the publicity that will accompany the event in the world of music.

The 42nd International Viola Congress – Porto 2014 is a winning project, not only because of having attracted more than 40 top-flight international viola players, but also because it has already gained the confidence of several prestigious partners who will be providing a significant part of the financial support needed.

Your support will help us to achieve the important artistic, cultural and social objectives promoted by this event, and will contribute to the growing reality of quality and excellence that is the Portuguese musical panorama.

A Project with unique characteristics

The International Viola Congress – Porto 2014 is a groundbreaking project in Portugal, its aesthetic and artistic qualities assured by the presence and active participation of a large number of artists and scholars of international quality and prestige:

Nobuko Imai, Japan
Bruno Giuranna, Italy
Carlos Maria Solare, Argentina
Luis Magin, Spain
Avri Levitan, Germany/Spain
Ivo-Jan van der Werff, UK
Jutta Puchhammer, Canada
Roger Myers, USA
Helen Callus, UK/USA
Atar Arad, Israel
Viacheslav Dinerchtein, Switz.
Annette Vogel, Germany
Boguslawa Hubisz-Sielska, Poland
Christophe Desjardins, France
Michael Fernandez, USA
Karin Dolman, Holland
Jeppe Moulijn, Holland
Roald van Os, Holland
Stijn van der Schoor, Holland
Emlyn Stam, Holland
Frank Brakkee, Holland
Leo Samama, Holland
Marluz Sielsky, Poland
Stephen Upshaw, UK
Danny Keasler,Thailand
Marco Misciagna, Italy
Augusto Vismara, Italy
Luca Sanzò, Italy
Louise Lansdown, UK
Cecilia Bercovica, Spain
Carlos Aleixo dos Reis, Brazil
Cenira Schreiber, Brazil
Carla Maria Rodrigues, USA
Markus Sarantola, Finland
Robert Harris, Australia
Peter Gries, Germany
Orquídea Guandique, Costa Rica
Andrew Filmer, Malaysia
A. Vitorino de Almeida, Portugal


The high level of aesthetic and artistic interest is also due to the opportunities presented by the congress being held in Portugal, as apart from the principal repertoire, there are world premières (commissioned by APVDA), European premières and many pieces as yet unheard in Portugal.

World Premières

New work for viola commissioned by APVDA from:
Telmo Marques
Carlos Azevedo
Fernando Lapa
Ricardo Ribeiro

Commision from the Dutch Viola Society: Jeppe Moulijn piece for 20 violas
Commissions from the British association: 6 new works by British composers

European premières

Tim Brady: Concerto
Michael McLean: Suite
Paganini: New version for string orchestra of the Grand Sonata
Sally Beamish sonata: Sonata
Guilherme Nascimento: Todas as Rosas São Brancas
César Guerra-Peixe: Três Peças para Viola e Piano
Edmundo Villani-Côrtes: Luz
Francisca Aquino: Santa Teresa
Benjamín Gutiérrez: Sonata

Portuguese Premières

Philippe Manoury: Partita
Herbert Howells: Elegy
Dvorak: Version for viola of the concert for cello
Alexander Winkler: Sonata
Josef Ceremuga: Sonata
Friedrich Cerha: Sonata
Atar Arad: 12 Caprices
Mieczyslav Weinberg: Sonatas
Willem Jeths: Meme
Matthew Phillips:
Shadow and Self
Carlos Guastavino: Sonata
Edward Putz: Blues for Benny
Edison Denissov: Variations
Don Freund: 3 Bagatelles
Arthur Benjamin: 4 Jamaican Rags
Casimir Ney: 5 Preludes
Marco Anzoletti: 2 Capricci
trascendentali op. 125
Romano Crivici: 9 duos

Main Objectives

1. Promotion of the viola, its history, culture and repertoire. During the congress, there will be 14 recitals and 5 orchestra concerts with Viola Soloists, in which the main viola repertoire will be featured. The 7 conferences will deal with the main aspects of the history of the viola and viola players, as well as questions relating to the aesthetics and psychology of music. In the 10 master-classes, viola techniques and interpretation will be presented in an applied form.

The viola and its repertoire will be promoted throughout the country in 8 concerts and master-classes that will precede the congress, to be held in Aveiro, Castelo Branco, Porto, Lisbon, Évora, Faro, Mirandela and Braga, providing an excellent opportunity for bringing new audiences and students to the viola.

2. To increase the Portuguese viola repertoire, APVDA has commissioned 3 new pieces for viola ensemble from composers Carlos Azevedo, Telmo Marques and Fernando Lapa.

The “work in progress” workshop for young composers will act as a stimulus to the development of new techniques of composing for the viola, as well as promoting interest amongst composers for this instrument.

3. To promote Portuguese viola repertoire.The majority of Portuguese works written for the viola will be performed during the congress. Many of these will be played by young viola players, recent graduates whose technical and artistic merit has been in evidence throughout their studies as well as by their presence in both national and international competitions. Some works will be included in the repertoires presented by some of the international viola players, in order to bring the musical heritage of Portugal to a wider, global, audience. It is our hope that through this exposure, Portuguese viola music will gradually become better known by being included in the many concerts later given by the visiting artists.

Portuguese Works
Alexandre Delgado: Concerto para Viola e Orquestra
Armando José Fernandes: Sonatina para Viola e Piano
Bruno Gabirro: Keep Going
Cândido Lima: “Quatro Peças” para Viola e Piano
Cândido Lima: 5 Cadernos de Invenções –Viola I a Viola V
Claúdio Carneyro: Khroma and Ausência
Christopher Bochmann: Essay V, Leise, Leise, Lied III
Eurico Carrapatoso: obra para viola e orquestra
Fernando Lapa: Plural XI
Fernando Lopes-Graça: Concertino, Quatro Peças em Suite
Joly Braga Santos: Concerto para Viola
Joly Braga Santos: “Canção”
Luiz Costa: Sonatina Op.19
Pedro Amaral: Etude I “sur la permanence du geste”
Rui Soares da Costa: Duas Peças para Viola e Piano
Sergio Azevedo: obra para viola solo
Victorino D’ Almeida: Sonata para Viola e piano op.94
Vítor Rua : Introduction 2, “Pulsar” and “I hate Music”

4. To promote interaction between top-class viola players from different countries, schools and cultures. As we can confirm the presence at the Porto congress of the principal internationally-ranked viola players, we feel that this event is perfect for fulfilling the aims of encouraging research, experimentation, creativity and artistic innovation. To enable this to happen, meetings and get-togethers will be arranged for the sharing of experience and discussions, putting into practice the main aim of the congress, which – as indicated in its title “Performing for the Future of Music” –is to forge new pathways and provide new opportunities for the viola and its players.

The presence of these top musicians, their performances and the sharing of their knowledge and skills via master-classes and conferences, will inspire and stimulate both the Portuguese and foreign-national musicians living in Portugal.

5. To show the international community the quality and standards of the teaching of viola in Portugal, and to promote young Portuguese viola players. From 26 to 30 November, the eyes of the international musical community will be firmly focussed on Porto. The congress will be host to world-renowned viola teachers, as well as the directors of universities, orchestras, concert halls and festivals. Over the last few years, performance standards relative to the viola have risen in Portugal. The results can be seen in the presence of Portuguese viola players leading their sections in important international orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Osnabrücker Symphonieorchester, as well as the collaboration of young university students in the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic.

 The Viola Congress in numbers

The largest viola orchestra concert in the world (on November 30th)
concerts with orchestra:
String Orchestra
Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música
Orquestra Sinfónica ESMAE
Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras
10 Master-classes for viola
14 viola recitals
16 countries
56 music schools taking part
72 viola teachers
421 viola players
603 musicians
1000 participants
3000 audience members (Estimates based on the 2011 and 2013 viola meetings)

Congress Plan – not final (download)

Aplication form (link)           

  Tickets Prices

Ticket for 5 days * 50 Euros
Ticket for 1 day ** 15 Euros
Ticket for one event 2 Euros
Mass Viola Orchestra (30th) 10 Euros
* Valid for all events except Orquestra Sinfónica-Casa da Música concert (28th) and Promenade – Coliseu concert (30th).** Available only fromWednesday (26th) to Saturday (29th). Not including the Orquestra Sinfónica-Casa da Música concert (28th).Tickets for the Orquestra Sinfónica Casa da Música concert (28th) and Promenade – Coliseu concert (30th) will be sold separately.

Sponsors*- Prices

Symphonic Orchestra concert (Sponsor) 1500 Euros
Symphonic Orchestra Soloist (Sponsor) 500 Euros
Recital Sponsor 600 Euros
Masterclass Sponsor 400 Euros
Conference Sponsor 200 Euros
* A concert sponsor receives: tickets for the congress opening, tickets for the sponsored concert and logo promotion in the program.

Program Publicity/Exhibitors – Prices

Back cover 500 Euros
Inside Cover, back/front 350 Euros
Inside Program
Full page 250 Euros
Half Page 150 Euros
Exhibitor table* 100 Euros
*Includes logo promotion in the program.

We will be printed 500 programs and the program will be available on-line.


Portuguese Viola Society APVdA



Jorge Alves, President of APVdA and Assistant Professor – ESMAE

+351 938 401 728