Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition

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The Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition is an international music competition for viola players established in 1980 to honor the memory of the English viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis. This triennial event is held at the Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin, Isle of Man. Participants are of any nationality and are under 30 years of age.

The 12th Lionel Tertis International Viola Festival and Competition was held from 12 to 19 March 2016.[1] The 13th Lionel Tertis International Festival will be held from 6 to 13 April 2019, and has attracted more than 90 entries from around the world.[2]

Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition[edit]

No. Year 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize Jurists / Notes
13 2019 George Caird (Chairman), Yuri Bashmet, Carol Rodland, Danusha Waskiewicz, Mikhail Zemtsov
12 2016 United Kingdom Timothy Ridout France Manuel Vioque-Judde China Wenhong Luo George Caird (Chairman), Yuri Bashmet, Wing Ho, Garth Knox, Thomas Riebl
11 2013 China Ziyu Shen Japan Kei Tojo United States Matthew Lipman (tie)
China Shuangshuang Liu (tie)
Brian Hawkins (Chairman), Betil Başeğmezler, Yuri Bashmet, Sarah-Jane Bradley, Samuel Rhodes, Jean Sulem, Hong-Mei Xiao
10 2010 United States Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt South Korea Kyoungmin Park Germany Veit Hertenstein Christopher Yates (Chairman), Garfield Jackson, Tatjana Masurenko, Hartmut Rohde, Simon Rowland-Jones, Pierre-Henri Xuereb, Su Zhen
9 2006 United States David Kim China Peijun Xu Poland / United States Ewa Grzywna John Wallace (Chairman), Vladimír Bukač, Michael Kugel, Kenta Matsumi, Hariolf Schlichtig, Roger Tapping
8 2003 Israel Yuval Gotlibovich Ukraine Maxim Rysanov Israel Maya Rasooly John Wallace (Chairman), Atar Arad, Yuri Bashmet, Luigi Alberto Bianchi, Martin Outram, Lars Anders Tomter
7 2000 not awarded France Agathe Blondel (tie)
Russia Andrei Oussov (tie)
Israel Arie Schachter Howard Snell (Chairman), Yuri Bashmet, Sally Beamish, Masao Kawasaki, Hartmut Lindemann, Bruno Pasquier, Christopher Wellington
4th Prize: United Kingdom Rebecca Jones
6 1997 Germany Roland Glassl Canada Steve Larson [1] Russia Mikhail Bereznitsky Philip Jones (Chairman), Yuri Bashmet, Thérèse-Marie Gilissen, Lubomír Malý, Yizhak Schotten, Paul Silverthorne
5 1994 Israel Gilad Karni Japan Kenta Matsumi Taiwan Scott Lee Philip Jones (Chairman), Yuri Bashmet, Kazuhide Isomura, Michael Kugel, Paul Neubauer, John White
4 1991 not awarded Japan Tomoko Ariu (tie)
Australia Andra Darzins (tie)
United Kingdom Esther Geldard Sir David Lumsden (Chairman), Yuri Bashmet, Harry Danks, Jerzy Kosmala, Milan Škampa
3 1988 Taiwan Hsin-Yun Huang United Kingdom Jane Atkins Canada Jean-Eric Soucy Sir David Lumsden (Chairman), Yuri Bashmet, Harry Danks, Paul Hindmarsch, Thomas Riebl, Emanuel Vardi
2 1984 United States Cynthia Phelps United Kingdom Paul Coletti Portugal / United Kingdom Carla-Maria Rodrigues Lady Evelyn Barbirolli (Chairman), Paul Cropper, Hirofumi Fukai, Alfred Lipka, Donald McInnes, Simon Streatfeild
1 1980 United States Paul Neubauer United States / Armenia Kim Kashkashian not awarded Gerald McDonald (Chairman), Harry Danks, Paul Doktor, Csaba Erdélyi, Piero Farulli, Milan Škampa

Required composition[edit]

A compulsory work to be performed by all competitors is commissioned (or selected) for each competition.

  • 2019 – Canto for viola solo (2018) by Roxanna Panufnik
  • 2016 – fenodyree for viola solo (2015) by Stuart MacRae
  • 2013 – 6 Sorano Variants for viola solo (2012) by Peter Maxwell Davies; published by Boosey & Hawkes [3]
  • 2010 – Petite Sonatine 1 for viola solo (2009) by Roger Steptoe; published by Editions BIM [4]
  • 2006 – Darkness Draws In for viola solo, Op. 102 (2005) by David Matthews; published by Faber Music Ltd.
  • 2003 – Through a Limbeck for viola solo (2002) by John Woolrich; published by Faber Music Ltd.
  • 2000 – Pennillion for viola solo (1998) by Sally Beamish; available through the Scottish Music Centre; This work was selected, not commissioned.
  • 1997 – Rondel for viola solo (1996) by Richard Rodney Bennett; published by Novello & Co.
  • 1994 – Odd Man Out for viola solo (1994) by Michael Berkeley; published by Oxford University Press
  • 1991 – February Sonatina for viola solo (1990) by John McCabe; published by Novello & Co.
  • 1988 – Tides of Mananan for viola solo, Op. 64 (1988) by Paul Patterson; published by Josef Weinberger
  • 1984 – Concerto for viola and orchestra, Op. 131 (1983) by Wilfred Josephs; published by Mornington Music Ltd. / Novello & Co.
  • 1980 – Concerto No. 2 in G major for viola and orchestra (1979) by Gordon Jacob; published by Boosey & Hawkes


  1. ^ Erin Arts Centre Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  2. ^ "The Erin Arts Centre :: Tertis Viola Competition". Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  3. ^ 2013 work from Boosey & Hawkes
  4. ^ Roger Steptoe website

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