Primrose International Viola Competition

As one of the most renowned string instrument competitions in the world, the Primrose International Viola Competition features the world’s best and most promising young violists. The Colburn School co-presented the Primrose International Viola Competition with the American Viola Society in 2018 and 2021, and will do so again in 2024.

Founded in 1979 as the first international competition solely for violists, the Primrose International Viola Competition is proud of the rich history and legacy it promotes. For more than 40 years, the competition has continued to attract distinguished jurors and talented participants worldwide, serving as an inspiration to young artists across the globe. The competition has an international reputation for identifying the talent of tomorrow and is respected for its artistic and professional integrity. Its laureates occupy principal seats of major symphony orchestras, act as professors in major centers of education, and have achieved critical acclaim as international soloists.


Primrose 2024

The Primrose International Viola Competition® 2024 is open to violists born on or after June 23, 1992, who are ready to embark on an international solo career. The Competition welcomes applicants of all nationalities, ethnic origins, religions, and genders.

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