The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS) and Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) presented Viola Visions—a five-day celebration of the viola featuring the instrument’s most prodigious artists in concerts, master classes and seminars—in October 2019. Renowned performers and educators Roberto Díaz, Kim Kashkashian, Matthew Lipman, Cynthia Phelps, Nadia Sirota, Jonathan Vinocour and Tabea Zimmermann joined NWS Fellows and alumni in performances of viola-centric works led by MTT. Viola enthusiasts around the world experienced all Viola Visions activities thanks to NWS’s media partners for the festival: The Violin Channel and

Viola Visions inaugurated NWS’s new annual summit series that immerses participants in the world of a different orchestral instrument each year.

Viola Visions was sponsored in part by Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne; NWS Fund for New Ventures and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Knight Foundation and New World Symphony: Reimagining Classical Music in the Digital Age.