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UC's College-Conservatory of Music to Host the 38th International Viola Congress

The event will bring world-class violists and musicians together in Cincinnati.

Date: 5/27/2010 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Moore
Phone: (513) 556-9831
Other Contact: Curt Whitacre
Other Contact Phone: (513) 556-2683

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The world’s most prominent violists descend on Cincinnati as CCM hosts the 38th International Viola Congress on June 16-20, 2010. Sponsored by the International Viola Society, the annual congresses promote standards of excellence in viola performance throughout the world.

The public is invited to attend Gala Concerts on Thursday, June 17, and Saturday, June 19, both at 8 p.m. in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium. The June 17 concert will feature guest artists including international recording artist Nobuko Imai and Lawrence Dutton, violist of the Emerson Quartet. On June 19, violinist Gil Shaham will join violists on Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with additional works performed by Paul Coletti, Roberto Diaz and others.

“This number of world-class violists and musicians coming together in Cincinnati is a once in a lifetime event—it would be a shame for any music lover to miss it,” said Congress host and CCM string department chair, Catharine Carroll.

Opportunities for students will abound at the 2010 congress. For budding violists under the age of 18, the congress will hold a Young Artists Competition with prizes including full scholarships to attend music festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival and School, Brevard Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music and Music Academy of the West. Graduate students and young professionals will have the chance to hone their orchestral auditioning skills in a series of morning audition workshops with principal and assistant principal players from the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia.

The viola congress master class tradition continues with classes taught by Nobuko Imai, Bruno Giuranna, Donald McInnes and more to be announced. Plans are underway for a distance learning master class with Tabea Zimmermann while she is in Germany performing with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Single day and full registrations are available to the public. For ticket information as well as a full list of recitals, master classes, student selection and other events, please visit