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 all over the World. 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 was successfully held from 12th to 19th March 2016. There were 90 original entries from 25 different countries. Of these, 44 were invited to participate in the week long competition. The week also included recitals and workshops by the World's top viola players, including the Festival's President, Yuri Bashmet. On the final night, each of the 3 finalists gave a recital and the overall winner was selected. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes were donated by the Tertis Foundation


The ‘Lillian Tertis Memorial Prize’ of £7000, A London Recital, and a Viola Bow presented by Mr Sean Bishop, Director of Bishop Instruments and Bows Ltd, London

Timothy Ridout



The ‘Ruth Fermoy Memorial Prize’ of £5000

Manuel Vioque-Judde



The ‘Artur Rubinstein Memorial Prize’ of £3000

Wenhong Luo



Awarded at the discretion of the Jury.

The ‘Cains Advocates & Notaries Prize’ of £250 - So Hui Yun, South Korea

The ‘Rotary Club of Rushen & Western Mann Prize’ of £250 - Lisa Sung, Australia

The ‘Gwynne Edwards Memorial Prize’ of £200 awarded to the most promising British entrant - Steve Doman, U.K.

The ‘Karl Doktor Prize’ of £150 awarded for the best performance of a work from the Austro-German tradition - Hung-Tzu Chu, Taiwan

The ‘Hiscox Cases Prize’ of a viola case (Value £150) - Neasa Ni Bhriain, Ireland

The ‘Musicians Union (North of England) Prize’ of one year’s membership - Steve Doman, U.K.

The ‘Stainer & Bell Prize’ of a £50 voucher augmented by an anonymous panel prize of £75 - Raphael Pagnon, France

The ‘Josef Weinberger Publisher Prize’ of a selection of music augmented by an anonymous panel prize of £75 - En-Chi Cheng, Taiwan

The ‘Port Erin Traders Association Prize’ £150 - Hae Sue Lee, South Korea

The ‘Pennycress Trust Bursaries’ of £150 each
Ricardo Gaspar, Portugal
Grigory Maximenko, Russia
Ming-Yu Hsu, Taiwan
Ming Yue Yu, China
Cong Wu, China

Additional Panel Prizes of £100 each
Zhenwei Shi, China
Su Kyung Hong, South Korea
Christopher Lowry, U.S.A.

The Administrators Prize for the best completed entry package - Lisa Sung, Australia


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

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Gallery: Lionel Tertis - a life in view

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