Three violists will compete in the chamber music final on Friday 21 June and the concerto final on Saturday 22 June

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(l-r) Andy Park, Kinga Wojdalska and Emad Zolfaghari

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The Primrose International Viola Competition has announced its three finalists for the 2024 edition, following performances from eight semi-finalists earlier this week. They are Andy Park (US), Kinga Wojdalska (Poland), and Emad Zolfaghari (Canada).

Held at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, the final rounds will comprise a chamber music performance on Friday 21 June, followed by a concerto performance the next day on Saturday 22 June. Each of the three competitors will perform the Debussy Trio for Flute, Viola and Pedal Harp in its entirety for the chamber music round, with the choice of either the Bartók or Walton viola concertos for the concerto round.

The winners will be announced following the concerto round on Saturday. The top prize consists of $15,000, with an invitation to perform at the 2026 American Viola Society Festival, as well as an invitation to the semi-finals of the Concert Artists Guild Competition.

Second place will receive $10,000, while third will receive $5,000. Special prizes will also be available, including the transcriptions prize and the Illumination prize, for best performance of a work by an under-represented composer demographic.

Ayane Kozasa is the chair of the jury, comprising Atar Arad, Cathy Basrak, Ensik Choi, Stephen Dann and Geraldine Walther. Kozasa replaces Tim Frederiksen, who has withdrawn as Primrose Competition jury chairman due to visa delays.

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