Results of the 4Viola Composition Contest

The results of the 4Viola Composition Contest were announced during a special event during IVC2018 in Rotterdam. More than 100 composers from from 27 different countries registered for this contest, eventually resulting in an overwhelming 86 scores to be judged by the jury.

The 4Viola jury, consisting of Leo Samama (chairman and composer-in-residence), Jeppe Moulijn and Mikhail Zemtsov had the difficult task of making the selections.

In the Student/Professional category, the Rotterdam-based composer Aart Strootman won with the piece “Anachronism #4”. He also receives a €500 cash prize.
The runner-up in this category was Nathan Palotto with the composition “Solar Rain”.

In the Amateur category, John Whittaker (from the UK) won with the piece “A Modal March for 4 Violas”. Runner-up amateur composition was “Nightwing” by Randall Snyder.

Aart Strootman receives his prize, surrounded by the jury, left to right: Composer in Residence and Jury chairman Leo Samama, Mikhail Zemtsov and Jeppe Moulijn. (Photo credit: Jan Hordijk)

Both winning pieces were premiered live by the Zemtsov Viola Quartet during the brief ceremony in the Hofpleintheater, before an audience of more than 100 violists and viola music enthusiasts. The jury and the Dutch Viola Society are impressed by the widespread enthusiasm for compositions in this genre (viola quartets). Based on this knowledge, the DVS feels encouraged to host similar viola-ensemble composition contests in the future.

The Zemtsov Viola Quartet performing at the 4Viola Awards Ceremony. Left to right: Mikhail Zemtsov, Dana Zemtsov, Julia Dinerstein and Daniil Zemtsov (photo: Jan Hordijk)

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everybody who submitted scores!

The live performance recordings of the two winning works are given below:

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, 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 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

Follow IVC2018 on Social Media!

Dear violists,

naturally, this website is the central reference and authority for all factual matters relating to the 45th International Viola Congress. However its weakness is that it doesn’t notify you when something new is added! It is also not a suitable place to link stuff from IVC-related people (stories leading up to IVC2018).

So, to stay up-to-date in a more immediate mode, you should follow us on our social media accounts. There, we not only notify you of important additions to this website, but also links and stories are published/reposted, and interaction with the IVC team is possible through comments etc. We highly value this way to interact with our participants and interested audience.

Here are our accounts (see also the Social media icons in the sidebar of our Homepage):


LIKE and/or FOLLOW these accounts, and by all means SHARE them with your network!

Looking for Host families in Rotterdam!


We are looking for host families in the Rotterdam area with a spare bed(room), willing to host one or more of our visiting musicians from all over the world during the Congress week!
Read more on this page ….

2nd Volunteer Team Briefing

Dear IVC2018 Volunteers and would-be Volunteers,

on Tuesday Sept. 25th 18th, we will hold the Second Volunteers’ Team Briefing for IVC2018. We will bring you up to date on the progress of IVC2018 preparations, and a plan will be initiated for your tasks during the Congress.

We also will be welcoming new volunteers into the team. If you haven’t registered as an IVC2018 Volunteer yet, find out about the ways in which you can contribute and the benefits of volunteering here.

Start time: 20:00h

De Nieuwe Banier
Banierstraat 1, Rotterdam
(very close to Hofpleintheater!)

Call for Masterclass Applications now open!

A significant number of Viola Masterclasses will be given during IVC2018, mostly at collegiate (conservatory) level. For the advanced student, there are sessions with our world famous Featured Artists, but there are also numerous other sessions with renowned viola pedagogues from all over the world. This extensive offering demonstrates our commitment to talent development as part of the Congress theme: Exploring New Ways to Perform.

An application process including video auditions is organized to select meritable candidates. In total, we expect to be able to admit between 30 and 40 students to one of our Masterclass sessions.

Go to the IVC2018 Masterclasses page to read more about these opportunities and how you can Apply for a spot!

Registration for IVC2018 Now Open!


You can now REGISTER as Participant to IVC2018! Early registration offers significant savings on the Congress Fees, so hurry on over to the Registration page to read how to board the train to this year’s main VIOLA event!

Also, don’t forget to reserve your Evening concert tickets, this must be done separately. See this page for more information about the Evening concerts.

1st Volunteer Team Briefing

Dear potential IVC2018 volunteer,

on Friday Feb. 16th, we will organize the very first Volunteers’ Team Briefing for IVC2018. A chance to get introduced to one another and to get a first idea of our detailed plans for the congress, the team organization, the logistics.

Gereformeerde Kerk Vrijgemaakt
Simonstraat 8-10, Rotterdam
(6 minutes walk from Rotterdam Central Station)

Start time: 20:00h

More information about volunteering for IVC2018 can be found here.

Wow, 116 Proposals!


dear Violists near and far,

we are overwhelmed – both mentally and emotionally – by your enthusiastic response to our Call for Proposals! We received …

– that’s right: 116 proposals! – which we have accepted for consideration … constituting almost 3 times the amount of contents that we can possibly program for the congress!

Some fun statistics:

  • Proposals were received from 28 different countries (main presenter’s nationality).
    The Top-5 proposal nationalities:
    1. USA (28)
    2. Italy (14)
    3. Poland (11)
    3. The Netherlands (11)
    5. Canada (9)
  • Breakdown per Presentation Type:
    65 Recitals
    23 Lecture-Recitals
    11 Lectures
    7 Workshops
    10 Masterclasses

The Programme Committee has got a hell of a job in the coming week. We hope to be able to make a definite selection and notify all selected presenters by January 15th still!