In 2010 it became evident that there was a need for structured spaces that would welcome and integrate the growing colombian violist community and from this necessity the interuniversity viola festival of bogota was born (known today as the interviola festival of bogota). Work began on the festival with the goal of offering a variety of workshops dealing with topics that are both practical and conceptually enriching for violists such as: orchestral repertoire selection, interpretation, instrument maintenance and repair, body mechanics awareness to improve technique and avoid injury, stage presence and etiquette, baroque style performance practices, and more. Along with the workshops, the festival has offered lecturesand master classeswith both local and international guests as well asconcert performances in some of bogota’s most renowned stages. Since its inception the festival has taken place biennially in the conservatory of the national university of colombia.

The interviola festival has led to the creation of the viola orchestra which at present has more than sixty members comprised of professional violists, conservatory and university graduates, professors,educators, and students from all of colombia. This is the only such viola orchestra in all of latinamerica.

Throughout the history of the festival there have been many children who have displayed a solid interest for the viola and it became evident that there needed to be programs aimed specifically towards young musicians. This year we are proud to announce the creation of the viola youth orchestra to meet those needs. 

It is also worth noting that the festival invites a young colombian violist currently studying abroad to come and work with our youth programs and as our invited guest concertmaster for the viola orchestra. 





V Versión
Scott Lee (University of Missouri-Kansas)
Matthias Buchholz (Hochschule Für Musik und Tanz Köln)
Mikhail Zemtsov (Royal Conservatoire in the Hague) 
Isabel Villanueva (Escuela Superior de Música de Alto Rendimiento Valencia)
Raúl García (Primera viola Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia)
Sharon Avella

V Versión
Stephen Wyrczynski (Indiana University Bloomington) 
Raúl García (Primera viola Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia)
Esteban Hernández
Andrea Carolina del Pilar Sánchez (Profesora Universidad Sergio Arboleda)

III Versión
Julia Bullard (University of Northern Iowa)
Richard Young (Vermeer string quartet)
Amy Muchnich (Missouri university)
 Braunwin Sheldrich (Universidad Eafit)

II Versión
Paul Cortese (Conservatorio Superior del Liceo en Barcelona)
Anibal Dos Santos (Primera Viola Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá)

I Versión
Sandra Arango (Cuarteto Q-Arte)
Anibal Dos Santos (Primera Viola Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá)
Sergio Trujillo

Otros invitados en actividades paralelas al festival
Hsin-Yung (Juilliard School y Curtis Institute of Music)
Maxim Novikov (Solo viola)
Ruth Killius (Zehetmair Quartet)
Anthony Devroye (School of Music at Northern Illinois University)
Julia Dinerstein (Conservatorium Maastrich)
Dana Zemtsov (Zemtsov Viola Quartet)
Javier Montiel (Cuarteto Latinoamericano)
Felisa Hernández Salmeron (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)


Ricardo Hernández

Mikhail Zemtsov

Nelson Jiménez

Leonardo Valencia

Julián Linares

Concertinos invitados

Sharon Avella

Andrea carolina del Pilar Sánchez

Sandra Arango

David Merchán

Talleristas Orquesta

Julián Linares

Andrea carolina del Pilar Sánchez

Luz Andreina Cadena

Johanna Pino

Adriana Quintero

Diana Melo, Percusión Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá
Cristian Calderón, Contrabajista Orquesta Filarmónica Juvenil de Bogotá

Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá

Lutheria, Fundación Salvi

Lutheria, Olitarte

Equipo Técnico
Ariadne Marcela silva, diseño gráfico y fotografía
Andrea Lòpez, Fotografía y video
Jose Ignacio Camacho, compositor y arreglista
Natalia Suárez, copista


Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Pontificia Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Fundación Bolivar Davivienda