Viola Visions




The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS) and Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) present Viola Visions—a five-day celebration of the viola featuring the instrument’s most prodigious artists in concerts, master classes and seminars. Renowned performers and educators Roberto Díaz, Kim Kashkashian, Matthew Lipman, Cynthia Phelps, Nadia Sirota, Jonathan Vinocour and Tabea Zimmermann will join NWS Fellows and alumni in performances of viola-centric works led by MTT.



Viola enthusiasts around the world will have the opportunity to experience all Viola Visions activities thanks to NWS’s media partners for the festival: and The Violin Channel. Online viewers can also submit questions for Kim Kashkashian’s Tuesday seminar and the Friday night master class led by MTT. Violists are encouraged to suggest the repertoire they would like to hear performed and critiqued in Friday’s class. Final selections will be crowdsourced from the online violist community. Repertoire submissions closed August 31, 2019.

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NWS will provide up to three pre-professional violists the opportunity to participate in festival events. The residency includes: