The Primrose International Viola Competition® 2024 is open to violists born on or after June 23, 1992, who are ready to embark on an international solo career. The Competition welcomes applicants of all nationalities, ethnic origins, religions, and genders. Applicants are required to be current members in good standing with the American Viola Society and to submit a nonrefundable application fee of $125 US dollars.
Competitors must perform a different selection of works in each round (including the Pre-Screening Round), and no substitutions are allowed for required works. Repeats are not encouraged, but permitted. The cutting of particularly lengthy tutti sections is strongly encouraged for all rounds (except for the Final Round), but ultimately left to the discretion of the competitor. All works originally written for viola & orchestra and all works for solo viola must be performed by memory. Competitors are free to decide their performance order for each round, but those who do not abide by the time limits may be stopped by the jury.
Only one transcribed work may be used to compete for the “Transcriptions Prize,” and only one work by an underrepresented composer demographic may be used to compete for the “Illumination Prize.” The competition is not open to laureates of any previous edition of the Primrose International Viola Competition. The number of competitors are subject to change, and the jury will have the discretion to decide on the final number of competitors for each round. All prizes will be awarded, and the decisions of the jury will be final.
Maximum length of total combined performance of all three works – 20 minutes
Competitors will perform works that fulfill all of the following criteria, and each video recording shall be made from start to finish without cuts and/or splices. Each work shall be uploaded separately. Since it will be a blind review process, do not include your name on the videos or on the titles of your video files:
Minimum length of performance – 20 minutes; Maximum length of performance – 25 minutes
The 24 competitors in the Quarter-Final Round will perform works that fulfill all three of the following criteria:
Maximum length of performance – 50 minutes
The eight competitors in the Semi‐Final Round will perform works that fulfill the requirements below:
Each of the three competitors in the Final Round will perform, in its entirety, Claude Debussy Trio for Flute, Viola and Pedal Harp (1915); and either the Bela Bartók Viola Concerto (ed. Serly) or William Walton Viola Concerto with orchestra.
* The First Prize winner will also receive the following: 1) an invitation to perform at the 2026 American Viola Society Festival and 2) an invitation to the semi-finals of the Concert Artists Guild Competition
** For best performance of a work by an underrepresented composer demographic
(All live rounds of the Competition will be held in Zipper Hall.)
Online application due on January 15, 2024
By end of February 2024
June 16, 2024
June 17 & 18, 2024
June 19, 2024
June 21, 2024
June 22, 2024