In a few days, I will be heading down to Wellington for the 44th International Viola Congress, one of the most keenly anticipated events on this year’s string playing calendar.
The Congress promises an amazing range of events from high-profile concerts to masterclasses, lectures, panel discussions, lecture recitals and a massed viola performance featuring pieces with names like I Am Lost Without My Beautiful Viola!
Local viola players include the indefatigable Donald Maurice and the New Zealand String Quartet’s Gillian Ansell, while the star-studded international line-up includes Roger Myers, Roger Benedict and Anna Serova, who will feature in “The Three Altos”, a high-profile public concert with the NZSO.
I’m really looking forward to rubbing shoulders with my fellow luthiers, old friends who are coming from as far afield as Australia, and meeting up again with that fabulous community of viola players, the heart and soul of any classical ensemble.
If you can’t get down to Wellington, come to our showroom and play on some of the violas we have here. We have instruments by some of New Zealand’s best viola makers on display, and some fine sounding student instruments as well.
When: September 1st-5th 2017
Where: Wellington, St Andrews on the Terrace and other venues
Tickets: Visit the Congress website http://ivcwgtn2017.wixsite.com/44th-ivcwgtn2017