Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival

Lionel Tertis

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. The 2019 competition has 107 entries from 38 different 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 who will be not more than 30 years of age on 6th April 2019. Entries for the competition have been received and 42 out of 107 have been selected to go through to the competition. All competitors are advised that you should download and read the information booklet very carefully.

The test piece entitled Canto for List D is now available as a download from Edition Peters Group. This piece must not be played in public until the competition starts. Any competitor breaking these restrictions will be banned from the competition.

Performance notes from the Composer, Roxanna Panufnik
As the title Canto suggests, the slower sections of this piece are to played in an almost “improvisational” way – putting as much of your own interpretation as you wish. This is a new and as yet untested work so if you come across any ambiguities please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me via John Bethell

The competition booklet can still be downloaded in pdf format by clicking the link below if any competitor wishes to review the conditions of the competition. You will need Adobe Reader to view it.

Competition Information Booklet

The stage 2 competition fee of £140 (GB Sterling) can be made by clicking on the Paypal link below. Please make sure that you enter the competitor's name to enable us to match payments with entries. Please do not put N/A. Only click this link if you have received an email confirming that you have been selected for the second stage of competition in April 2019.

Competitor's Name

The competition fee includes access to workshops, masterclasses and concerts so successful competitors do not have to pay the workshop fee. Anyone can attend the workshops, masterclasses and concerts by downloading and completing the workshop form below. Email the completed form to and use one of the paypal buttons below to pay the workshop fee. If you have already paid £40 to enter the first part of the competition, you only pay £140. If you have not entered the first part of the competition, the fee is £180. Please complete the form, scan it and email it back to

Workshop Entry Form

Name attending the workshops

Name attending the workshops

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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