Aronowitz Application

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants must submit:

  1. Application form and audiovisual (video) recording - uploaded online as an unlisted video to YouTube (Youku or a similar streaming service for Chinese applications) and the viewing link sent to admin@tertisaronowitzviolacompetitions.org.ukby Monday 1st July,  2024. Please note that application by post will NOT BE accepted.
  2. Uploaded with the application must be the following:
    1. Proof of date of birth.
    2. Proof of Membership of the British Viola Society (Membership link: Membership Benefits – British Viola Society. FREE to students under 18)
    3. Proof of payment (see point 3 below).
    4. Publicity photo
  3. A non-refundable application fee of £150.00 to Tertis and Aronowitz International Viola Competitions
    Company Address: The Lookout, 7 Down Road, Weymouth, Dorset UK DT4 0SB
    Sort Code: 30-99-50 Account No. 23763262 (Lloyds Bank)
    IBAN Reference: GB02LOYD30995023763262
    BIC Code / SWIFT Code LOYDGB21287Please note that applications will not be processed without payment. On receipt of your application you will receive an email notifying you regarding the payment of your entry fee. This must be paid in full by 23:59 G.M.T. on Friday 10th May, 2024.
  4. Applicants will be informed whether or not they have advanced to Rounds 1 and 2 no later than Friday 19th July 2024. All applicants are encouraged, whether or not they have advanced to Round 1 and 2 to attend the final two rounds of the competition (free of charge), held during the competition/festival week 19th – 25th January 2025. You will need to pay your own transport and accommodation costs.

VIDEO SUBMISSION

Preliminary (Video) Round

All works must be filmed back-to-back in one take (as if in a recital performance) with no audio or visual editing.

Submissions should be between 15 – 20 minutes in length and should be made up of the following:

  1. One movement of solo Bach from one of the Cello Suites, Violin Partitas or Sonatas.
  2. One movement from any major sonata, with piano composed after 1850 (N.B. Schubert’s ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata, composed in 1824, is permitted).
  3. Britten - Lachrymae (from the beginning until four bars before Figure 5 - circa 6 ½ mins).

The order must be as listed above. The recording must have been produced within 6 months prior to submission. Where appropriate, works must be presented with piano. Repeats may be omitted to fit within the time limit.

COMPETITION ROUNDS/STAGES AND PROGRAMMES

ROUND 1 - ‘OLD AND NEW’
(During the competition week 19th – 25th January 2025)

  1. Two movements of solo Bach from one of the Cello Suites, Violin Partitas or Sonatas. One of these movements may be the same as Round 1, and both movements must come from the same work.
  2. New Commissioned Test Piece – composed by Kathy Tagg.  The piece will be available to those who progress to the live competition as a download from 2nd August 2024.

ROUND 2 – ‘SONATA’
(During the competition week 19th – 25th January 2025)

  1. A complete major sonata with piano, composed after 1850 (nb: Schubert’s ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata, composed in 1824, is permitted). Accompanists will be provided by The Tertis & Aronowitz International Competitions. No competitor will be permitted to bring their own accompanist for this round.

ROUND 3 – ‘CHAMBER & CAPRICE’
(During the competition week 19th – 25th January 2025)

  1. Brahms - Zwei Gesänge für eine Altstimme mit Bratsche und Klavier (Two songs for an alto voice with viola and piano), Op.91.
  2. ANY Paganini, Rode, or Vieux Etude or Caprice of high difficulty. Vocalist and pianist will be provided by The Northern Sinfonia. No competitor will be permitted to bring their own musicians for this round.

ROUND 4 – ‘FINAL WITH ORCHESTRA’
(During the competition week 19th – 25th January 2025)

  1. First movement of either Hoffmeister (D Major) or Stamitz (D Major) viola concertos, with an original cadenza composed or improvised by the competitor.
  2. Britten – Lachrymae.