IVC Participant Franco Prinsloo – 3 questions

More than 300 participants from all over the world come to the IVC2018 in Rotterdam. Who are they? Why are they coming, and what do they expect from this congress?
In this mini-interview, South African composer Franco Prinsloo gives us his story.

IVC: Introduce yourself for our readers?

I am a composer from Pretoria, South Africa. I specialise in the composition of vocal music – choral music, opera and art song. Over the past few years I have been composing a lot of instrumental music as well, especially for the viola and violin. Elmarie van der Vyfer has commissioned me to compose new repertoire for the viola in 2016, and since then a fantastic collaboration between composer and viola player took flight.

2. How did you hear about IVC2018, and what made you decide to come?

In 2016 I collaborated with curator, Elani Willemse, in producing an interdisciplinary art exhibition and concert called “Urban Impressions”. During the concert, Elmarie van der Vyfer premièred my “Sonatina for Viola and piano”. After the concert we decided to create a concert programme “Transcript” in collaboration with composer Pieter Bezuidenhout and pianist Mathilda Horsfeld especially for the IVC2018 and for the 2018 New Music Indaba. New works were composed for the viola and transcriptions made from existing compositions to add to our repertoire for the viola. We created new, fresh South African viola repertoire to showcase at the IVC2018 and give the music an international audience.

What are your expectations for IVC2018, and what part of it are you most looking forward to?

I am extremely excited to attend “Sound Images from Africa: Exposing New and Unknown Repertoire for the Viola”, as part of the programme my newly composed work “Die Gebreekte Snaar” will be premièred. As a composer of contemporary music I believe that it is very important to communicate and collaborate. I looking forward in meeting performers and composers from all over the world and connect through music. The IVC2018 has a packed and interesting line-up. I am super exited to learn and explore more about this fascinating instrument – the viola.


IVC Participant Katharina Rußland – 3 questions

More than 300 participants from all over the world come to the IVC2018 in Rotterdam. Who are they? Why are they coming, and what do they expect from this congress?
In this mini-interview, German Young Delegate Katharina Rußland gives us her story..

IVC: Introduce yourself, where you come from and what you do as a violist.

KR: My name is Katharina Alexandrea Rußland (26) from Schleswig, Germany.
I have completed Bachelor and Master Studies at University of Music Saar, Saarbrücken (Germany). Currently I am an ERASMUS-Exchange student at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland.  I play in different youth and professional orchestras and improving myself to become a professional orchestra musician. Last year I had an internship at Theater und Orchester Heidelberg. I love to play chamber music (especially in unusual casts).

IVC: How did you hear about IVC2018, and what made you decide to come?

KR: When I applied for ERASMUS also in Rotterdam, the viola professor Karin Dolman told me that especially this autumn would be a good time to be in Rotterdam – also because of IVC. I kept this idea in my mind, and when I had a lesson for orchestra excerpts at the Sibelius Academy beginning of September, the teacher from the Finnish national opera told me that she was at IVC some years ago, and that it was a good experience for her. She recommended it warmly to me, and mentioned that other violists from Sibelius Academy are going this year, too.

And another reason is, that my boyfriend studies in The Hague, so we can see each other again! 🙂

IVC: What are your expectations for IVC 2018, and what part of it are you most looking forward to?

KR: I got a place for a master class with Timothy Ridout. It is just a short lesson, but I think it will have a nice impact for my inspiration of interpreting (Schumann’s, ed.) Märchenbilder. I saw him playing Märchenbilder on YouTube, and he plays it really fascinating and warm.
The fact that he is younger than me and gives me a masterclass was strange in the first moment, but we have such a different CV that I am sure to learn so much from his playing. I am really looking forward to this lesson!

Of course, I am also looking forward for all the workshops and concerts specialized for viola. It is a very interesting programme for the whole week and I expect new impulses for improving myself as a musician and personality.

Having the opportunity to meet people from everywhere at IVC is such a gift. In the time of globalization, it is becoming more and more important, that we all stay together and are open- minded for people from other countries and their culture. Our generation has to take responsibility for many global problems, and we can only solve them if we have international friends and grow together. Maybe there would not be EU any longer without projects like IVC. So let us make music as friends, without borders, learn from each other and influence also other fields than just the musicians world.

IVC2018 Crowdfunding Campaign Kicked-off: Help us!

dear violists,

we have started a short and ultra-intensive crowdfunding campaign to secure the last gaps in our budget. Go to our campaign page at voordekunst.nl, watch the completely mind-blowing campaign video, and… donate! Even small amounts are very very welcome!


And even if you cannot donate, please share this link with all your friends, and ask them to help! Explain how unique this congress is and, why it matters!

Workshop Sign-up Opened!

At long last – 2 weeks later than planned – we have now opened the Sign-up for IVC2018 Workshops! Sign-up is possible until November 15th. After that date, we will collect all the sign-up forms and assign people to their preferred workshops as far as possible.

Click on this link to proceed to the Workshops sign-up page.

Workshops sign-up postponed again…

Our apologies, Workshops sign-up has to be postponed again!
New date: October 15th (next Monday) …


Workshop Sign-up postponed until October 8th

dear IVC2018 participants,

due to some hitches in the workshop planning process as well as overload of priority work in other areas, we are forced to postpone the opening of workshop sign-up by one week, i.e. to next Monday October 8th.

In the meantime, feel free to browse the workshops page and find the workshop(s) that moest appeal(s) to you! So that you are ready to hammer in your preference when the sign-up starts. There have been some changes in the line-up. See if you can spot them!

Bernard Foing: Music, Space, and the Moon

Volunteer gathering postponed – now Sept. 25th!

Oud previously announced Volunteers meeting has been postponed until next week – Tuesday September 25th at 20:00!

We need lots of people for congress-related tasks already now, to help us spread flyers and stickers, to recruit host families, and to create various functional and decor items for the congress – so please come!

De Nieuwe Banier

Banierstraat 1, Rotterdam
(very close to Hofpleintheater!)

IVC2018 Call for Exhibitors – now OPEN!

At long last, we have opened the booking process for Exhibitors:Luthiers, bow makers, music publishers, vendors of musical accessories, organizations – you can now book exhibit space for IVC Rotterdam 2018 at a first-come, first-serve basis!

Go to the Call for Exhibitors to find out more about the possibilities … !


IVC2018 Early-bird registration period closing Sept. 1st!

The IVC2018 “early-bird” registration period, with savings on congress tickets of all categories, is closing on September 1st. So hurry to the IVC21018 Congress Registration page, and sign up for this fall’s uncontested #1 Viola Event!






PS. Registered “(Young) Delegates” have the unique chance to apply for Masterclasses until Sept. 15th, and to sign up for Workshops as of October 1st. Good reasons to Register now!


One Hundred Days to go!

Dear viola friends –

one hundred days until IVC2018 in Rotterdam!

The summer break is over for most of the IVC2018 team, and we are excited to start on the last leg of preparations for this year’s great VIOLA event!!! As of today, we have more than 150 registered participants … and still expecting many more! Here are some considerations for those of you still wondering how and why to participate:

  • If you haven’t already Registered, we advise you to do so now – the rates will increase as of Sept. 1st! -> follow this link.
  • Evening Concert tickets to be bought here!
  • Workshop offerings coming up – sign-up from October 1st!
  • Students: Apply before Sept. 15th for one of the fantastic Masterclasses!
  • Composers: The 4Viola composition contest is still open – submissions accepted until Oct. 15th! Register for the contest here.

So much work still to be done, but we’re going in with roaring engines for these last 100 days. Keep in touch!