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Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival

Lionel Tertis Lionel Tertis international viola festival

Lionel Tertis, the greatest viola player of the 20th century, died in February 1975, at the age of 98. A fund was set up with the primary objective of establishing an international Viola Festival to commemorate the work that he undertook for that instrument throughout his long and active life.

Such a competition would provide a unique incentive to the growing number of viola players all over the world who wish to pursue a solo or chamber music career. So the Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival & Competition was born.

This triennial event is now well-established and known throughout the musical world. Players of all nationalities are invited to take part in the competition, workshops and masterclasses which attract participants from over 30 countries. The event is administered by the Erin Arts Centre with funding from the Lionel Tertis Foundation and the Isle of Man Arts Council

The 12th Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival & Competition will be held from 12th to 19th March 2016 and is open to all nationalities that were born on or after 12th March 1986. All prospective competitors are advised that the format for the competition has been changed from previous years and you should download and read the information booklet very carefully.

The test piece for List D is available as a download. Please see page 13 of the Competition Information Booklet for a download link and restrictions for its use.

The application forms and booklet can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking the links below. You will need Adobe Reader to view them.

Competition Entry Form

Workshop Entry Form

Competition Information Booklet

A non-refundable deposit of 30 can be paid via Paypal using the button below. For succesful candidates, this will contribute towards the entry fee. All deposits must be received by the 2nd October 2015

Competitors Name

The 11th Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival & Competition was held from 16th to 23rd March 2013.

A DVD of the 2013 Competition is available for sale from the Erin Arts Centre. The DVD was created by Dave Armstrong of DAM Productions Ltd (Isle of Man). The price is 15 including postage but to anyone who competed or took part in the workshops, there is a discounted price of 10 including postage.

2013 Tertis DVD

Other links...

Gallery: Lionel Tertis - a life in view

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