Tertis Application


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.uk by Friday 10th May 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). *SEE BELOW*
    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. *SEE BELOW*
  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.
*If you are not currently a member of the British Viola Society, please add the relevant funds to your payment and we will process the application for you:
£10 LTIVC membership*


Preliminary (Video)

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 from List A
  2. One movement from List C
  3. A work from List E

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.


ALL rounds will be live AND streamed at The Glasshouse, Gateshead

Round 1 - 15 Minutes
Every competitor shall select and play excerpts of a work of their choice from both list A and E from memory.

Round 2 – 15 Minutes
Every competitor shall select and play excerpts of a work of their choice from both Lists C (with piano) and D. Eight competitors will be chosen to perform in the third round.

Round 3 – 35 Minutes
Each of the semi-finalists shall play a work from List C and movement from List B. This round is with piano.

Round 4 - The Final
Each finalist will perform one of the concertos from List B with Royal Northern Sinfonia.


The Publishers suggested below are simply a guideline. Competitors can decide which is the best edition for the works they choose to play. Please include the publishers for each piece on your application form.

List A (to be played from memory)
Bach: Sonata No 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 (originally for solo violin)
Bach: Partita No 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (originally for solo violin)
Bach: Suite No 4 in E flat, BWV 1010 (originally for solo cello)
Bach: Suite No 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 (originally for solo cello)
Bach: Suite No 6 in D, BWV 1012 (originally for solo cello)

List B (to be played from memory)
Bartok: Concerto - Boosey & Hawkes (either edition - please specify)
Bowen: Concerto opus 25 - Josef Weinberger
Hindemith: Der Schwanendreher (1935) – Schott
Walton: Concerto / 2002 Edition (solo part revised Frederick Riddle) – Oxford University Press

List C
Bax: Sonata - Studio Music – Chappell
Bliss: Sonata (1933) – OUP
Bowen: Sonata in C Minor – Schott
Bowen: Sonata in F Major – Schott
Bloch: Suite - Schirmer
Brahms: Sonata in E flat opus 120/2 – any edition
Brahms: Sonata in F minor opus 120/1 - any edition
Clarke: Sonata - Chester Music
Hindemith: Sonata in F opus 11/4 (1919) – Schott
Hindemith: Sonata in C (1939) – Schott
Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata D821 (1824) – any edition
Shostakovich: Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 147 - Sikorski

List D (compulsory for all competitors)
Garth Knox – The piece will be available to those who progress to the live competition as a download from 2nd August 2024

List E (to be played from memory)
Bach/Kodaly: Fantasia Chromatica, BWV903 - solo viola - Boosey & Hawkes
Ligeti: Sonata – solo viola – Schott (⭐️ single movements or complete at competitor’s discretion according to particular round time constraints ⭐️)
Paganini: Caprice opus 1 No 13 (originally for violin) - solo viola – any edition
Paganini: Caprice opus 1 No 20 (originally for violin) - solo viola – any edition