The young violist receives a cash prize, performance opportunities and a viola bow


Timothy Ridout has been named the winner of the 12th Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, held from 12-19 March 2016 on the Isle of Man. The 20-year-old receives £7,000, a London recital and a viola bow from Bishop Instruments and Bows Ltd.

Second prize, worth £5,000, went to Manuel Vioque-Judde from France, while third prize, worth £3,000, was awarded to Wenhong Luo from China.

A student at London’s Royal Academy of Music, Ridout won the inaugural Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition at the age of 19 in October 2014, and was awarded Second Prize at the 2015 Windsor Festival International String Competition.

Founded in 1980 and dedicated to British violist Lionel Tertis, the triennial Tertis Competition is open to violists of all nationalities up to the age of 30. This year’s event attracted 90 entries from 25 different countries. Of these, 44 were chosen to compete in the live rounds for a jury comprising Festival president Yuri Bashmet, George Caird, Wing Ho, Garth Knox and Thomas Riebl.

The 2013 Tertis competition won by 15-year-old Ziyu Shen.

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