International Viola Competition “Città di Cremona”

Heartfelt congratulations to the three winners of the International Viola Competition “Città di Cremona”!   Matthew Cohen, 2nd prize American violist Matthew Cohen made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 15 as a soloist in the New York premiere of Tomas Svoboda’s Sonata No.2 for orchestra and solo string quartet. He returned to Carnegie Hall last January to perform York Bowen’s Phantasy for viola … Continue reading International Viola Competition “Città di Cremona”

An Interview with Giulia Panchieri: the youngest member of the Organizational Committee

  Born in Lucca, Giulia had her first contact with the world of music thanks to the creative vision of her mother, who enrolled her in a music course for pre-school children. Then she attended the preliminary music course at the Institute L. Boccherini of Lucca and later the viola class of Prof. Claudio Valenti, with whom she continued studying until her diploma. At the … Continue reading An Interview with Giulia Panchieri: the youngest member of the Organizational Committee

An Interview with Carlos Maria Solare, President of the International Viola Society

  “That the viola is the Cinderella of musical instruments is a legend which is no longer sustainable”, says Carlos Maria Solare, President of the International Viola Society. Born in Buenos Aires, he studied violin and viola at the Conservatorio Nacional. Later he moved to Germany where he pursued his viola studies and dedicated himself to musicology and German Studies at the Freie Universität di … Continue reading An Interview with Carlos Maria Solare, President of the International Viola Society

International Viola Competition “Città di Cremona” Final Round

October 6, 2016 at 8:30 pm S.Agostino Church Prova finale del Concorso Internazionale di Interpretazione Violistica “Città di Cremona” Viola Concertos with Orchestra dedicated to the memory of Piero Farulli Matthew Cohen, Raphaël Pagnon, Muriel Razavi I Virtuosi Italiani, Orchestra Pietro Mianiti, Conductor . William Walton (1902 – 1983), Viola Concerto Andante comodo, Vivo, con moto preciso, Allegro moderato   Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945), … Continue reading International Viola Competition “Città di Cremona” Final Round

An Interview with Claudia Wolvington: Viola Playing in Italy, and Organising a Congress

From Vermont to Tuscany        Playing the Viola   Claudia Wolvington, member of the Congress Organizational Committee, was for many years the Assistant Principal Viola of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra in Florence. “When I arrived in Italy for my audition in 1979, I knew nothing of Florence’s Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra. Those were the days before easy access to information on the Internet. But … Continue reading An Interview with Claudia Wolvington: Viola Playing in Italy, and Organising a Congress

An Interview with Luca Sanzò: the Viola and the Viola D’Amore

Luca Sanzò, concert violist and professor at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, will give a recital on October 5 at 4:00 p.m. dedicated to contemporary repertoire for viola and viola d’amore. “It’s a life partner, able to charm you every day”: words of Luca Sanzò, concert violist, professor at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and expert of the repertoire for the viola d’amore. An instrument larger than the viola, the viola … Continue reading An Interview with Luca Sanzò: the Viola and the Viola D’Amore