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. In 2018, the Colburn School co-presented the 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition with the American Viola Society.
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.
The Primrose International Viola Competition® 2021 is open to violists born after December 1, 1991, and who are ready to embark on an international solo career. The Competition welcomes applicants of all nationalities, ethnic origins, religions, and genders. The application deadline has been extended to July 16, 2021 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Applicants invited to the live rounds will be notified by the end of August.