Semi-Finalists Announced at England's Aronowitz International Viola Competition
The Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition is being held in Birmingham, England from November 6 to 12 — with all rounds streaming LIVE here on The Violin Channel
Open to international violists 21 years of age and younger, the first prize winner will receive £5000, an album recording with Champs Hill Records, a fine viola bow made by Robert Shallock, courtesy of Bishop Instruments & Bows, plus a set of Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Gold Viola Strings and Rosin and a Pirastro Viola KorfkerRest.
This year's eight semi-finalists are:
Alvara Castello (Spain)
Edgar Francis (United Kingdom)
Haneul Park (South Korea)
Connie Pharoah (United Kingdom)
Noga Shaham (Israel)
Marvin Stark (Germany)
Anna Sypniewski (France)
Otoha Tabata (Japan)
For the Semi-Final round, each of the eight candidates will present Brahms’ “Two Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano” Op. 91 — plus a Solo Viola Caprice of Etude of their own choosing.
The 2021 jury is comprised of Thomas Riebl, Matthew Jones, and Garth Knox.
Previous first prize winners include VC Artist Timothy Ridout.