7th National Viola Competition

The National Viola Competition is open to participants with the Dutch nationality or living in the Netherlands (including students from abroad who study at a Dutch institution). The age limit is 27 years. The final takes place on November 27th at 14.00 in the Bernard Haitinkzaal, Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Previous winners are: Dagmar Korbar (2019), Takehiro Konoe (2017), Armen Nazarian (2015), Marc Sabbah (2013), Anna-Magdalena Den Herder & Hannah Strijbos (2011) and Saeko Oguma (2009). 
The National Viola Competition will now take place for the seventh time. Twenty-one talented young violists have been admitted and will appear before an international jury. 

20-27 November, 2021

Competition jury

Conditions

Participants should have the Dutch nationality or be living in the Netherlands (including students from abroad who study or have studied at a Dutch institution). Age limit is 27 years. 

Repertoire

First Round

20 November

1. Telemann - Fantasy for viola: free choice of 1 of the 12 fantasies (to be played from memory).
2. Hindemith - Der Schwanendreher: second movement “Nun laube, Lindlein laube”
3. Choice between:
* Bruch - 8 Pieces for clarinet, viola and piano opus 83 (2 of the 8 pieces, 6-9 min. total)
* Schumann - Märchenerzählungen for clarinet, viola and piano opus 132 (2 of the 4 movements, 6-9 min. total).

The total playing time of the first round should not exceed 18 minutes.

Second Round

21 November

1. Bloch - Rapsodie from Suite Hébraïque (to be played from memory)
2. Hindemith - Der Schwanendreher: first movement “Zwischen Berg und tiefem Tal”
3. Leo Smit - Trio for clarinet, viola and piano 1938
* Allegretto
* Lento
* Allegro Vivace

For ensemble playing it is strongly recommended that the candidates bring their own pianist for the first and second round. In case this is a problem they should let the organization know before 1 October 2021. Be aware that if you need a pianist from the conservatory there are costs involved.

Final

27 November
Three finalists; CvA wind ensemble conducted by Bas Pollard
Ivet Serra I Ayno, Ana Isabel Fernandes Machado, flute; Olivia Belzuz Otero, Airán Fariña Hernández, Maria Pedano, Andrea MuñozQuintana, oboe; Alice Izabelle Herlihy, Nuria Tello Nieto, clarinet; Bernardo Correia Pereira, Neus Mínguez Nicolau, Ayleen Weber, saxophone; Ruben Hudnik, horn; Leonardo Nuñez Rodriguez, Anna Phylactou, Konstantin Simon, bassoon; Marcel Wheatley, timpani; Teresa Barros Pereira Romão da Conceição, harp
Hindemith - Der Schwanendreher

Prizes

  • First prize: € 500,- plus lunch concert at Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ on 2 December 2021 at 12.30h, and a recording in the Bernard Haitinkzaal
  • Second prize: € 300,- plus a € 50,- Broekmans en van Poppel voucher 
  • Third prize: € 200,- plus a € 50,- Broekmans en van Poppel voucher
  • Best performance of Telemann: a € 50,- Broekmans en van Poppel voucher plus a performance at Splendor on 27 November (after the second round)
  • Best performance of Bloch: a € 50,- Broekmans en van Poppel voucher plus a performance at Splendor on 27 November (after the second round)
  • Best performance of Leo Smit: a € 50,- Broekmans en van Poppel voucher plus a performance at Splendor on 27 November (after the second round)
  • Audience Prize: a € 50,- Broekmans en van Poppel voucher

How to apply

Please apply by filling out the application form. You will be asked to upload a CV to the form and fill out two links to recording of two movements of contrasting repertoire. Please state whether you prefer to play with an accompanist of the CvA viola department or your own pianist.
Closing date for application: 15 September 2021.

More information

Artistic leaders
Francien Schatborn
Marjolein Dispa

Organisation
Clara Brons producer of the Classical department

in cooperation with Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds, Dutch Viola Society, Fondation Hindemith, and Splendor

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