History in the Making

The Colburn School and the American Viola Society are proud to present the Primrose International Viola Competition from June 10 through 16, 2018. All live rounds will take place in Los Angeles, California, and live-streaming of the rounds will begin on Tuesday, June 12 at 1 pm PDT on the Primrose Facebook page (the full program book can be found here; see pages 80-87 for repertoire information on each competitor).

Click here to meet our live round competitors and here for the schedule of the live rounds, including an opportunity to hear our 3 Finalists performing with the distinguished Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on June 16, 2018!

Prizes to be Awarded









Prizes generously sponsored by Linda and Michael Keston. Prize monies in US dollars.

* The 1st Prize winner will also be invited to perform at a winner’s concert at Brigham Young University, presented in conjunction with the Primrose International Viola Archive, and will receive the CodaBow Marquise generously donated by CodaBow.

For Applicants

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 Competition has an international reputation for identifying the talent of tomorrow and is respected for its artistic and professional integrity. This year, 23 Quarter‐Finalists representing a broad spectrum of countries will be invited to compete for cash prizes and awards over $30,000 US dollars.


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