Lionel Tertis, the greatest viola player of the 20th century, died in February 1975, at the age of 98. A fund was set up with the primary objective of establishing an international Viola Festival to commemorate the work that he undertook for that instrument throughout his long and active life.
Such a competition would provide a unique incentive to the growing number of viola players all over the world who wish to pursue a solo or chamber music career. So the Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival & Competition was born.
This triennial event is now well-established and known throughout the musical world. Players of all nationalities are invited to take part in the competition, workshops and masterclasses which attract participants from over 30 countries. The event is administered by the Erin Arts Centre with funding from the Lionel Tertis Foundation and theIsle of Man Arts Council
The 13th Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival & Competition will be held from 6th to 13th April 2019 and is open to all nationalities that will be not more than 30 years of age on 6th April 2019. Entry for the competition must be received between 18th September and 8th October 2018. All competitors are advised that you should download and read the information booklet very carefully.
The test piece for List D will be available as a download in October 2018. Please see page 14 of the Competition Information Booklet for a download link and restrictions for its use.
The competition entry form is available now and the workshop application for will be available for download on 9th November. The information booklet and competition entry form can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking the links below. You will need Adobe Reader to view them.
The stage 1 entry fee of £40 (GB Sterling) can be made by clicking on the Paypal link below. Please make sure that you enter the competitor’s name to enable us to match payments with entries. Entry forms together with a 15 minute DVD should be sent to the address on the competition entry form. When the successful competitors are known on 9th November, a Paypal button will appear here for the remainder of the entry fee. At the same time, the entry form for the workshops will be available.
The Tertis International Viola Competition is one of the most prestigious viola events in the world and is dedicated to the legacy of the great British 20th century viola virtuoso, Lionel Tertis (1876-1975). It has been held every three years in Port Erin on the Isle of Man since 1980. This is also a festival for the viola dedicated to celebrating the viola, introducing outstanding works and new works for the viola, and promoting young artists.
Winners of the Competition will be engaged to appear at a major London venue in the UK. During the competition period, public concerts and open master classes for young violists will be held to show various charms and possibilities of the viola.
Players of all nationalities are invited to participate and for those who don’t wish to compete, the Workshop offers ensemble classes, recitals, lectures and tuition from the world’s experts. The Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom, but a Crown Dependency and is only 227 square miles in area and some 40 miles off the North West coast of England. The Island boasts some unique scenery, with miles of unspoilt coast, cliffs, bays, mountains and fields. Port Erin may well have been once a fishing village long ago but for four decades, as photographs on the walls at the Erin Arts Centre show the best known stars from the world of theatre, music and the arts have performed there, let alone hundreds of the finest double-bass, viola and oboe players on the globe.
Artur Rubinstein KBE (1980)
Ruth, Lady Fermoy DCVO, OBE (1981-93)
Yuri Bashmet (1994 –
Lady Aline Cholmondeley
John Denison CBE
Sir Mark Elder CBE CH
Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood
Professor Edward Gregson
Gavin Henderson CBE
Professor Barry Ife
Professor Colin Lawson CBE
Raymond Leppard CBE
Professor Julian Lloyd Webber
Sir David Lumsden
Sir John Manduell CBE
Professor Linda Merrick
Sir Curtis Price KBE
Dame Janet Ritterman DBE
Professor Jeffrey Sharkey
Dr Milan Skampa
Ian Stoutzker CBE
John Wallace CBE