Ames Asbell, Pre-Screening Jury Coordinator

Violist Ames Asbell has performed around the world in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to clubs. She appears on international releases by Nonesuch, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Sony, Centaur, and more, and on film scores and broadcasts including Waking Life and Austin City Limits. Recent performances include International Viola Congresses in Thailand, Poland and New Zealand, and recitals in South Africa, Japan, and Mexico. Ames performs with the Tosca String Quartet, Austin Opera (Principal), Austin Symphony, Arizona Musicfest, and Philharmonie Austin (period performance). She spent the early 2000s performing and touring with rock icon David Byrne, and has also toured extensively with Grammy Award-winning choral ensemble Conspirare in their production of Craig Hella Johnson’s fusion oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard. A dynamic and passionate viola artist-teacher, she is currently Associate Professor of Viola at Texas State University, Director of the Texas State String Project, and President of the American Viola Society.

Absalon String Quartet, First Prize in the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s Chamber Music Competition 2023, First Prize in the Rued Langgaard Competition 2022.

Tim Frederiksen is highly in demand as a teacher at international and national master classes and is often invited as jury member in international music competitions, including the Max Rostal Competition in Berlin and the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition. Since the beginning of the Oscar Nedbal Viola Competition in Prague, Tim Frederiksen has been Chairman of the jury.