Amsterdam Viola Festival and National Viola Competition

Amsterdam Viola Festival

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National Viola Competition

February 16 - 19, 2017

The fifth edition of the National Viola Competition will be held from 16 - 19 February 2017.

Competition jury
To be announced.

Participants should have the Dutch nationality or be living in the Netherlands (including students from abroad who study at a Dutch institution). Age limit is 33 years.


First round
Thursday February 16

* one of the Mozart duos for violin and viola, KV 423 or 424, all movements, no repeats
* solo work of approx. 5 minutes by Oene van Geel (to be finished four weeks before the competition).
* Enesco, Concert piece

Candidates are required to bring their own violinist for the Mozart duo.

Second round
Friday February 17

30-35 minutes of music, combining (movements from) one of the following sonatas, and (movements from) one of the following 20th century music pieces for solo viola.

please choose (movements) from one of the following sonatas:
* Martinu, first sonata
* Bax, sonata
* Röntgen, sonata in c
* Milhaud, second sonata
* Koechlin, sonata
* Badings, sonata
* De Cruck, sonata

choose (movements) from one of the following 20th century solo pieces:
* Hindemith, solo sonatas
* Ligeti, solo sonata
* Reger, solo suites
* Britten, three suites for solo viola, transcription from the cello by Nobuko Imai (Faber music)
* Stravinsky, Élégie
* Penderecki, cadenza

For ensemble playing it is strongly recommended that the candidates bring their own pianist for the second round. If this is a problem, please state so on the application form.

Final round
Sunday February 19

* Enesco, Concert piece
* first movement of: Bartòk or Walton Viola Concertos, or Hindemith, Schwanendreher.

how to apply

Please apply by filling out this 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 would like to play with an accompanist of the CvA viola department or bring your own pianist.
Closing date for application: December 15, 2016.



More information

Artistic leader
Francien Schatborn,

in cooperation with Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds en Dutch Viola Society