Join us for the thirteenth annual  Violafest Los Angeles on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Los Angeles City College, in the heart of LA. Violists of all levels from the fourth through the twelfth grades and adult auditors are invited to a day devoted to the viola. Come learn about the instrument, gain new skills, build camaraderie, meet new friends, and be inspired in a unique community of violists. Click here for previous video footage of Violafest.

The SCVS is pleased to announce Paul Coletti as the ViolaFest 2019 Signature Guest Artist. Mr. Coletti will be teaching a Masterclass and performing the Signature Recital.  Other events at Violafest include Special Topics classes led by top educators and performers from Southern California who hail from the Colburn School and USC faculties as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Opera. The day will conclude in a Gala Performance featuring all Violafest participants performing in Viola Choir ensembles.
Adult amateurs, educators, and parents may join ViolaFest as auditors. Auditors may attend all classes and observe the Signature Recital, Masterclass, and Gala Performance.   Violinists are also welcome to join for ViolaFest!  A limited limited number of violas will be available for the day for violinists to participate — please register your level as “violin-viola track”. 
To be considered for the Masterclass, register online and email a digital link of contrasting pieces by February 7, 2019 to  Summer Festival Scholarships will be awarded to deserving ViolaFest participants who submit a recording for the Master Class selection. Please see Masterclass and Scholarship pages for more information.

Register Online Now: click here

  • Students: $70
  • Auditors: $50
  • Tickets to Signature/Student Recital: $10
  • Extra Violafest T-shirts make great gifts!: $10
  • Registration includes a free ViolaFest T-shirt, cheese pizza lunch, participation in classes, the Gala Performance and more.

Register by February 17, 2019 to guarantee a t-shirt and your name in the program. A limited supply of violas are available on a first come first serve basis!

                                              Signature Guest Artist Paul Coletti

Paul Coletti enjoys a prolific career as a performer, composer, professor, and recording artist. Since 2003 he has taught at the Colburn School. Previous appointments include the Peabody institute, UCLA where he was Head of Chamber Music, and the University of Washington where at 25 he was Head of Strings. He has given master courses throughout the world.

As a soloist, Coletti has performed in every major European capital, frequently on the BBC, NHK, Classical Arts and NPR’s St Paul Sunday. He is a constant guest at numerous international music festivals, with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Soloists, the Berlin and Hannover Radio symphonies, and the New Japan Philharmonic. Paul Coletti has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Suntory Hall, and at historic sites such as the 4th-century San Miniato Cathedral in Florence. He has been a featured soloist at the International Viola Congresses of Chicago (where he performed on Paganini’s Stradivarius viola), Seattle, Tempe, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Redlands CA. Coletti’s conducting debut was with the New Japan Philharmonic orchestra in Tokyo.

A prolific recording artist, Coletti has been Grammy nominated, and has won accolades for his Hyperion recording English Music for Viola, which won best CD awards from Gramophone and BBC Music magazines and was named one of the 100 best CDs of all time. As a member of the Menuhin Festival Piano Quartet, their recording of Brahms piano quartets won the ’Forderpreiz’ in Zurich for Europe’s best chamber music recording of the year, and in Japan with his pioneering group Typhoon, 2 full length DVD’s were released, and three Sony CD’s reached No.1 in the classical charts.

In 2013 Fanfare Magazine wrote, “I don’t believe there is a better violist currently on the musical scene today, and few that can match the standard set by this artist.”

At 23, Paul Coletti made his debuts in New York, San Francisco and at his hometown Edinburgh Festival. The New York Times wrote, “The violist Paul Coletti is a remarkable musician with a distinct artistic personality that is entirely his own. Although Mr. Coletti has an impeccable technique, there is nothing ostentatious about his playing; the mastery is there and needs no promotional fanfare. He is an elegant artist who enhances all he plays.” The San Francisco Examiner wrote, “He reminds me of a few times when I had the privilege of hearing the great William Primrose at his best”.

Pictures of Violafest 2018 held on April 15, 2018 at Los Angeles City College!

Pictures of Violafest 2017 at the Colburn School

Click here for previous video footage of Violafest 2017