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Los Angeles, CA - The 14th Primrose International Viola Competition (PIVC) and 35th Anniversary Festival take place June 8-14, 2014 at the illustrious Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles, California. One of the most renowned string instrument competitions in the world celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2014, the PIVC features the world's best young violists up to age 29. The 14th Competition received a record number of high-level entries from the countries of Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Thirty quarterfinalists representing the countries of Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States have been invited to compete for awards, over $10,000 USD in cash and prizes and select engagements in the United States and Europe. The Competition offers southern California one week of exceptional international competition, exquisite music and an exhilarating finish. All rounds are open to the public, and audiences can expect to hear a broad survey of the viola repertoire.

Featured as a “Face to Watch” by the Los Angeles Times, 1993 Competition First Place winner Nokuthula Ngwenyama serves as director. Returning to the Competition as jurors are fellow First Prize laureates Cathy Basrak (1995) and Cassandra Lynne Richburg (1987) of the United States. Martin Beaver of Canada, Caroline Coade of the United States, Carrie Dennis of the United States, Wing Ho of China, Luis Magín of Spain, Massimo Paris of Italy, and Pierre-Henri Xuereb of France also join this year’s jury.

The Semi-Final recital round includes the world premiere of Aldonza for viola and orchestral reduction by Puerto Rican composer Christian Colberg. The chamber music component consists of the first movement of Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio with Los Angeles Philharmonic clarinetist Michele Zukovsky. For the concerto round all finalists will perform with chamber orchestra.

The Primrose International Viola Competition is proud to continue its technological tradition by providing live streaming video in high definition for all rounds and warmly invites all those who can attend in person to come and enjoy the excitement Los Angeles has to offer.

There are many activities as part of the celebratory 35th anniversary Primrose Festival, concurrently held June 12-14, 2014. North America’s largest viola event of the year serves to celebrate non-competitive and educational aspects of the week. Participants can expect to visit with exhibitors from around the world and attend a wide range of lectures, solo and chamber music masterclasses, recitals, and signature performances by PIVC winners and noted viola personalities.

The PIVC&F also introduces its first ever week-long health and wellness component, involving daily yoga, massage, seminars on Alexander Technique, and meditation. Public Radio International’s hit show From The Top is represented by Linda Gerstle, Director of Education and Community Partnerships, who gives an award-winning Arts Leadership workshop. Ample opportunities are available to perform before audiences, to measure one's musical progress against the standards of international participation and artistry, and to enjoy a wide variety of career seminars.

Founded in 1979 as the first international competition solely for violists, the Primrose International Viola Competition is proud of the rich history and legacy it promotes. The American Viola Society (AVS), through an endowment established by memorial contributions made by friends, colleagues, artists, and admirers, has sponsored and organized the competition since 1986. The Competition continues to function as an inspiration to young artists. Over the last thirty-five years it has continued to attract distinguished jurors and talented participants worldwide. The Competition has an international reputation for identifying the talent of tomorrow and is respected for its artistic and professional integrity. Its laureates occupy principle seats of major symphony orchestras, act as professors in major centers of education, and have achieved success as international soloists.

Opening ceremonies and the quarterfinalists' drawing of lots are held Sunday, June 8 at 6 PM PST. Competition performance rounds begin Monday, June 9 at 9:30 AM PST. The 35th Anniversary Festival begins Thursday, June 12 at 12 PM PST. For our complete schedule and more information please contact the Competition by e-mail at info@avsnationaloffice or visit our website at www.primrosecompetition.org.