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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 13th Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival & Competition will be held from 6th to 13th April 2019 and is open to all nationalities that will be not more than 30 years of age on 6th April 2019. Entry for the competition must be received between 18th September and 30th September 2018. All competitors are advised that you should download and read the information booklet very carefully.

The test piece for List D will be available as a download in October 2018. Please see page 14 of the Competition Information Booklet for a download link and restrictions for its use.

The Competition and Workshop application forms will be available for download on 1st September. The information booklet can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking the links below. You will need Adobe Reader to view them.

Competition Information Booklet


Anyone, whether you are a competitor or not can attend the workshops. The competition entry fee and workshop fee can be paid via Paypal after 1st September.


For details of accommodation in Port Erin and how to find the Arts Centre visit our Contact us page

The 11th Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival & Competition was held in 2013. Click here for information.
The 12th Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival & Competition was held in 2016. Click here for information.




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Gallery Pictures: Lionel Tertis - a life in view

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