History in the Making

Co-presented for the first time in its history by the Colburn School and the American Viola Society, the Primrose International Viola Competition was held from June 10 through 16, 2018. All live rounds took place at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, California, and were live-streamed on the Primrose Facebook page (the full program book can be found here).

Click here to see our 2018 prizewinners, and here for the full list of competitors. Congratulations and kudos to all for their hard work!

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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