International Viola d'amore Society e.V.
As the predecessor of the International Viola d'amore Society e.V. the Viola d'amore Society of America was founded in 1977 in response to a growing interest in the viola d'amore, its music, its history and its place in contemporary musical life. Since the 1950s, interest in the viola d'amore has grown, with an increasing number of performers and performances; more published music of solo and chamber works for this instrument; the publication of scholarly works on or related to it; the inclusion of the viola d'amore as a legitimate course of study in college, university, conservatory and summer workshop curricula; and the construction of violas d'amore by luthiers. Early music has experienced a healthy revival, with the viola d'amore appearing more frequently in ensembles specializing in music of the Baroque and Classical periods, where players perform on restored instruments and use instruments intended by the composers.
Since its inception, the Viola d'amore Society of America has published two Newsletters every year. Each issue offers relevant and valuable information to viola d'amore players, such as articles by scholars in the field, location of newly-discovered viola d'amore music in libraries or collections, newly-published music, information about published books and articles related to the viola d'amore, news of concerts, notices of instruments and bows for sale by makers and private parties, and periodic International Viola d'amore Congresses.
Over the years more and more viola d'amore players from the entire world joined through the Viola d'amore Society of America, the name change of the Viola d'amore Society of America was already discussed during the 14th international Congress in Ochsenhausen, to rename it from "of America" to "international". Equally, the necessity to transfer the duties for the newsletter to younger hands was addressed. It became more concrete when Myron Rosenblum and Daniel Thomas asked Hans Lauerer and Rüdiger Müllier-Nübling to take on those responsibilities in the future.
The founding of the new International Viola d'amore Society e.V. took place in October 2013 in the house of the Viola d'amore bedrock Heinz Berck. As desired by the previous Co-Directors Myron Rosenblum and Daniel Thomason, Hans Lauerer and Rüdiger Müllier-Nübling were elected as presidents by the founding members of the International Viola d'amore Society e.V. With that the Viola d'amore Society of America has changed into the International Viola d'amore Society e.V. and continues the activities of its predecessors, of course.
The next members meeting will take place September 16-17; Announcement.
For more details on who we are and what we do, go to the other pages of this web site.
Myron Rosenblum and Daniel Thomason, Co-Directors, Viola d'amore Society of America
Hans Lauerer und Rüdiger Müller-Nübling
What's New on the Web?
Recording of Lienenkämper Concerto (member only 3/2017)
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