For a project of this scale and ambition, the Dutch Viola Society depends on good collaboration with a number of partners. The following local, regional, national and international partner organisations are helping us to create a great IVC 2018 experience:
De Doelen is not only a building with state-of-the art concert halls, it is also a professional concert organization, known for its willingness to explore new repertoire and to play a persistent role in the lives of the citizens of Rotterdam. More than 1000 events take place in De Doelen every year, and about 1 in 4 Rotterdam citizens visit De Doelen at least once per year. Next to being home of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, De Doelen is also a popular site for big international events such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Gergiev Festival and Classical:NEXT.
The DVS is very excited to have found a strong partner in De Doelen as a programming organization. De Doelen is committed to program and promote a number of “our” evening concerts. This in-kind contribution makes it possible to host e.g. Lawrence Power and the Bochumer Symphoniker in the Grote Zaal with more than 2000 seats!
The Kamermuziekvereeniging Rotterdam was established in 1907 by a group of citizens who felt that there was a need for more dedicated attention to chamber music in the Rotterdam cultural scene. The Society organizes roughly eight chamber music recitals per year in the Doelen Jurriaanse Zaal, usually on Tuesday evenings. The classical string quartet is the predominant ensemble format in this series, and the performers are generally big names such as the Artemis Quartett, Quatuor Ebene, Cuarteto Casals, Takács Quartet and so on.
Although the Kamermuziekvereeniging Rotterdam is an independent organization, it cooperates intensively with De Doelen for marketing and sales purposes.
The Kamermuziekvereeniging Rotterdam plays a particular role for the opening night concert of the IVC, which this society organizes, finances and promotes in the framework of its regular chamber music series.
The mission of Hofplein Rotterdam is to educate youth in the performing arts, with a particular emphasis on theatre. It has several venues spread across Rotterdam, the largest of which is the Hofpleintheater at the Benthemplein, with a large theatre hall and several studio’s suited for classes. We have been fortunate to enlist Hofplein Rotterdam as a major partner for IVC2018, with indispensable support as our main venue.
The music club Matrix Rotterdam is run by volunteers, and specializes in international ethnic and various modern / jazz styles. In spite of its intimate format, the hall offers excellent (electronically amplified) acoustics and a well-equipped bar. Host Yasar Saka has committed this venue for all five IVC evenings.
HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
HKU University of the Arts Utrecht (Hogeschool van de Kunsten Utrecht) offers preparatory courses, bachelor and master programmes and research degrees in fine art, design, media, games and interaction, music, theatre and arts management. With more than 3,900 students, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is one of the largest art and culture-oriented institutes in Europe.
HKU provides an important in-kind contribution to the IVC with the participation of the Utrecht Conservatory Strings on the Thursday evening concert, accompanying Atar Arad and Tim Ridout in selected solo concertos.
The International Viola Society (IVS) is the umbrella organisation that governs and supports existing and future national and regional organized groups or “National Sections” of violists. The Society is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports activities that serve the common good for all friends of the viola.
The IVS formally appoints the host organizations for the yearly International Viola Congresses, and also supports the IVC organizers with advice and a symbolic financial contribution.
The Hellendaal Music Institute (Rotterdams Hellendaal Muziekinstituut) is a semi-private music school, targeting the education of young string players in particular. The institute has about 150 pupils ranging from 4 to 19 years old. With a thorough education and good coaching, the goal is to let talents develop and flourish without losing sight of the pleasure of music-making. The Institute is housed in the Codarts building, and fits seamlessly into the plans for educational activities during IVC 2018. Hellendaal pupils/students will perform e.g. with the Young Talents Orchestra, the pre-concert overture for Kim Kashkashian’s Friday evening recital.
The Dutch Carillon Society (Nederlandse Klokkenspel-Vereniging, NKV) was established in 1918, and hence celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2018. It serves to promote the carillon culture and its practicioners (the carillonneurs). In 2014, the NKV successfully saw the carillon adopted on the official list of Dutch national cultural heritage.
Since the Carillon is a typical Dutch musical tradition, it is a perfect match to mark the combined anniversaries of the NKV and the IVS with a musical manifestation during the IVC in Rotterdam with the performance of a commissioned work for Carillon and Viola. The NKV partners with the DVS to make this project a reality.
Rotterdam Youth Symphony Orchestra
The Rotterdam Youth Symphony Orchestra (Rotterdams Jeugd Symfonie Orkest, RJSO) was founded in 1972 and offers a platform for youths to explore symphonic orchestra repertoire. The organization actually embodies four orchestras at different age and skill levels, from children up to university students. The RJSO will contribute to the IVC with a performance involving a solo concerto with a young viola soloist.