IVS Presidency, January 2017 to December 2019
The following were elected by representatives from the international sections of the IVS to serve a three-year term on the Presidency:

Carlos María Solare, President (Germany)
E-mail: cmsolare [ at ] zedat.fu-berlin.de    biography

Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot, Vice-President (Canada)
E-Mail: jutta.puchhammer [ at ] umontreal.ca biography

Liezl Smith, Secretary (South Africa)
E-mail: liezlsmith [ at ] business6.co.za     biography

Danny Keasler, Treasurer (Thailand)
E-mail: hindemith28 [ at ] gmail.com biography

Michael Vidulich, QSM, Past President (New Zealand)
E-mail: vervid [ at ] xtra.co.nz    biography

Luis Magín Muñíz Bascón, Executive Secretary (Spain)
E-mail: lumamubas35 [ at ] hotmail.com biography

Dorotea Vismara, Executive Secretary (Italy)
E-mail: doroteavismara [ at ] alice.it biography

Ex-officio
, webmaster (USA)
E-mail: nick [ at ] webfiz.com biography


Biographies

Carlos SolareCarlos María Solare Born in 1960 in Buenos Aires, where he studied viola with Tomás Tichauer, he went to Berlin in 1980 with a scholarship of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation and has remained there ever since. As a fellow of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestral Academy, he had lessons with former BPO principal, Giusto Cappone. He graduated from the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin under the guidance of Bruno Giuranna and Hans-Joachim Greiner. In addition, he attended mastercourses with William Primrose, Gérard Caussé, Donald McInnes and Ulrich Koch. He was principal viola of the RIAS Youth Orchestra, with which he appeared as a soloist in Berlioz's Harold in Italy and Mozart's Serenata Notturna (the latter with former BPO leader, Michel Schwalbé). Mr. Solare works as a freelance player in Berlin; he has taught at the Music School of the district of Schöneberg and coached the viola sections of both the Berlin Youth Orchestra and String Orchestra. He was a member of the Schmalenberg Quartet (1996-99) and is principal viola of the Schaffrath Chamber Orchestra. A member of the German Viola Society and the International Viola d'Amore Society, he has presented programs of Argentinian viola music at the 1986 German Violists' Day and at the 1999 Viola Congress in Guelph, Ontario, and has been a featured presenter at numerous other International Viola Congresses. Mr. Solare  writes regularly for The Strad and Opera magazines and is currently preparing a Ph. D. in Musicology at the Free University, Berlin.


Jutta PuchhammerJutta Puchhammer The Viennese-born violist Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot, described as a violist of exceptional quality, is in great demand on the Canadian and international music scene. Ms. Puchhammer-Sédillot graduated from the Wiener Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst under Siegfried Führlinger with honors and holds a Master's degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she was a student and assistant of Heidi Castleman.Jutta is a prize winner of the Helmut Wobich Gedächtnispreis competition, of the Canada Council development grant, the Fullbright Award, the Alban Berg Foundation Award, the Rotary Club Award and an award from the Ministry of Science, Austria. While she was in Vienna, she was a member of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Nonett, touring most cities of Europe and Japan. Jutta has become very well known since her arrival in Canada in 1986.She is currently full time professor of viola and chamber music at the University of Montréal, where she was also head of the string department from 2001-2011, and is on the faculties of the Orford Arts Center (Quebec, Canada), the North American Viola Institute (NAVI) as well as the new TTT (teach teachers teach) Project in Villarica, Chile, and has taught at the Perlman Music Program (PMP)Her regular masterclass activities bring her to schools such as the Juilliard School, Sony University, the Conservatoire Supérieur de Lyon and the CRR in Paris, the University of Vienna, as well as the Universidad Nacional de Bogotá, Columbia and the Canadian universities.During her career she has been founding member of the Wiener Nonett, Claudel Stringquartett, the Kegelstadt Trio, the String Trio of Montreal , the Ondine Piano Quartett, the Ensemble La Pieta as well as the Puchhammer-Desjardins Duo touring all over the globe. She is actually principal viola of the Laval Symphony orchestra with whom she premiered in 2013 the viola concerto composed by Tim Brady.

Numerous solo engagements with orchestras in Vienna, Montreal, Laval, Genève and South America, as well with diverse chamber groups complete her busy artistic life.

Jutta’s interest goes towards the discovery of lost, unknown pieces from around the turn of the 20th century. Her latest research covers the “Pièces de Concours” written by French composers between 1896 and 1930 for the final exams at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris.

Her solo CDs, entitled “Alto Romantic Fantasies” (Electra ECCD-2060) and “German Romantic Works” (Fidelio FIDC 018) have both been acclaimed in Fanfare magazine with praise. She has also recorded for the SNE, Analekta and UMMUS labels.

Jutta is the president of the Canadian Viola Society, and since 2014 vice-president of the International Viola Society. She was the artistic director of the XXVI International Viola Congress in Guelph and host of the XXXIV Viola Congress 2006 in Montreal. She has organized a Canadian Viola Festival East to West in 2009 and a Quebec Viola Festival in 2013.

Her active participation at the International Viola Congresses as a performer, teacher and lecturer around the world has earned her the coveted “Maurice W. Riley Viola Award” given by the American Viola Society for distinguished contributions to the viola.


Liezl Smith (SAVS)Liezl Smith Liezl is a professionally registered Industrial Engineer with her own consulting firm, who enjoys playing music as a hobby. She played at high school and early university and put her viola down in 1994 when her engineering studies became too time-consuming. During that time, she joined the Libertas choir in Stellenbosch and took singing lessons. In 2009, she decided to go back to the viola, first joining the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra under the baton of her former teacher, Prof Eric Rycroft, and then continuing on to play her Unisa Gr 8 and writing Unisa Gr7 Theory with the view of doing a Performance Licentiate. In 2011, she joined her first Viola Day under the leadership of her former teacher Hester Wohlitz-Udal, and became involved in the running of subsequent Viola Days. At the end of 2015, she was elected chairman of the South African Viola Society and is joined on the committee by two other enthusiastic violists, Lee Smith and Obakeng Moatshe.


Danny Keasler
Danny Keasler
Dr. Danny Keasler is a Lecturer in Viola and Artist in Residence at Mahidol University Collegeof Music in Bangkok, Thailand, and is also the Associate Principle Viola of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. He teaches string literature and pedagogy at Mahidol University, College of Music.A proponent of new repertoire for viola, Danny premiered Horizons for viola, bassoon, and percussion by Roger Petersen, Kyrie for viola and piano by Thomas Cha Huk, and Backward, then Forward for solo viola by James Ogburn. Danny has been an active recitalist and performer in the United States of America and abroad; he has given solo and chamber concerts in Florida, Georgia, Alabama in the U.S as well as Bangkok, Thailand and Wellington, New Zealand.Always striving to promote viola worldwide, he founded the Thailand Viola Society which was recognized by the International Viola Society in 2012. He also conducted interviews with violist and pedagogue Dr. Juliet-White Smith and conductor Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, which were published in the Mahidol University Music Journal.Danny Keasler received his Doctorate in Viola Performance from Florida State University. At FSU, he was a Graduate Assistant. He performed in over forty chamber concerts in addition to numerous solo and orchestral performances. While at FSU, he was the Chairman of the Florida State College of Music Allocation Committee which was responsible for funding the colleges’ many student organizations. Also an avid singer, he was selected for FSU’s top graduate Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Andre Thomas.During his academic pursuits, Danny studied viola with Dr. Pamela Ryan, Dr. Álvaro Gómez, and Dr. Routa Kromouvitch-Gómez. He has performed in master classes for Patricia McCarty, Jeffrey Irvine, Daphne Gerling, William Goodwyn and Robert Burns. His orchestral experience includes Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic, Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Space Coast Pops Orchestra, and Brevard Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his academic and performance experiences, Danny has also served, for five years, as a Quality Assurance Technician and Musician with MakeMusic Inc. which creates the leading music notation program Finale and music practice program SmartMusic. He also served as Personnel Manager of Sinfonia Gulf Coast based out of Destin, Florida, and was responsible for contracting and coordinating performances that were held throughout northwest Florida.


Michael Vidulich
Michael Vidulich, QSM
Dr Michael Vidulich, Q.S.M. was formally the Director of the Auckland Itinerant Music Service and a Music Adviser with the New Zealand Ministry of Education (retiring in 2013) and previously worked as a Senior Lecturer in Music Education at the University of Auckland. He is the violist in both the Auckland City String Quartet and the Auckland Chamber Ensemble and has been the principal viola with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and violist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Dr Vidulich is also a music arranger, composer, music adjudicator and occasionally conducts and performs as a viola soloist with community and semi-professional orchestras.
He studied viola with Sanford Schonbach, William Primrose and Pamela Goldsmith, composition with Byong-yon Kim, conducting with Mehli Mehta and Seiji Ozawa and chamber music with Dominick Di Sarro. Dr Vidulich has a doctorate in music education, a master’s degree in music performance-music education, two bachelor’s degrees (history and music) and an advanced diploma in teaching. He was a UNESCO scholar and has been made a Fellow of the International Biographical Association., Cambridge, UK (FIBA) and is an Associate of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers, NZ (AIRMT).
Dr Vidulich is the International Viola Society’s longest serving officer, having served one term as IVS Vice President (2002-2004), two terms as IVS President (2005-2010) and the IVS’s Past President since 2011. He has been awarded an IVS Special Award, the IVS Silver Alto Clef and made an IVS Honorary Member for his services to the viola and the IVS. He founded the Australian & New Zealand Viola Society and was its President from 1982 to 2005, and he is now its President Emeritus. In 2013 he was made an Honorary Member of the British Viola Society. Dr Vidulich was the Co-Host of the 2001 International Viola Congress held in Wellington, NZ and has performed at several International Viola Congresses and ANZVS Viola Conferences. His arrangement of Alfred Hill’s Violin Sonata as a Viola Concerto has been recorded on CD.
In 2008 Queen Elizabeth the Second conferred upon Dr Vidulich, the Queen’s Service Medal (Q.S.M.) of the Queen’s Service Order – for services to music in New Zealand and internationally.


Luis Magín FotoLuis Magín Muñíz Bascón Dr. Luis Magín holds a significant position within the musical scene as President of the Spanish Viola Society (AESAV) and Director of International Studies - Viola Chair at the CONSMUPA. He serves presently as Executive Secretary of the International Viola Society for his second term. Mr. Magín has been awarded several prizes in competitions, such the Golden Medal at "Oviedo Competition" 1992; 1st Prize "Angel Muñiz Toca" 1993; Silver Medal at International "Villa de Sahagún" competition 1997; 1st Prize "Rotary International" 1998 and the Diploma d´onore at "Torneo Internationale di Música" 1998. He has served as Juror in numerous contests such the "Evaristo Fernández Blanco" or the "Primrose International Viola Competition".His technical command and musicality have encouraged many composers, including Jorge Muñiz, Juan Cué, Salvador Brotons and Ximo Cano among others, to dedicate works for viola to him. Luis Magín gave the world premiere of the Viola Concerto (op.106) by Salvador Brotons, and has been performed solo with the JONDE, CONSMUPA Symphony Orchestra, Iberian Chamber Orchestra (OCI), Barcelona Symphonic Band and Orquesta de Cámara Galega. He has been Principal viola of the Orquesta de Cámara Galega (OCGA). He has been serving as guest principal viola of the Spanish Radio Television Orchestra (RTVE). Additionally, he is a member of the Trio Lidón which performs chamber music in major halls and festivals throughout Europe. His performances and recordings have been acclaimed and obtained critical recognition in The Strad, Ritmo and Musicalia.Luis Magín is continually required to teach Master Classes in Europe and the US, having been invited to the Peabody School of Music, the RNCM of Manchester, Michigan University, East Carolina University, Florida State University, The American String Teacher Association, The Euro Arts Music Festival in Leipzig, Royal Conservatory of Aarhus, JONDE, among others. International students are attending regularly his classes. Since 2010, he runs his own Summer Academy and Festival in the heart of the Peaks of Europe (Covadonga). He recorded for RTVE, Several Records and FMEL, and masters an extensive repertoire for the instrument. Mr. Magín holds a Bachelor Degree from the Oviedo Conservatory and a Master of Music and Artist Diploma from Yale University. He is a Doctor in Musicology at Oviedo University and has published articles on viola history and didactics in The Strad and DEDICA.


Dorotea Vismara FotoDorotea Vismara Violist Dorotea Vismara has been active in Europe, China, North and South America with the chamber ensembles Onibatan, Leonore Quartet and Gruppo Bruno Maderna. She has also performed in chamber ensembles with musicians such as Stanley Dodds, Timothy Lees, Monika Leskovar, Andrea Nannoni, Momenta Quartet, Parker Quartet, Marco Rogliano and Augusto Vismara, among others, and has recorded for Gasparo Records and for Society of Composers International.
Ms. Vismara has been principal violist of the Istituzione Sinfonica Abruzzese, and tenured violist of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.
A researcher of new studio teaching methods for violin and viola, her articles and projects have been published in the journals Laboratorio Musica, BeQuadro, InVoce, and by the publisher Curci. Several former students of hers are faculty members in music conservatories and members of chamber ensembles and/or symphony orchestras in Italy and the USA.
Dorotea Vismara is on the viola faculty at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “Pietro Mascagni” di Livorno since December 2012. She completed her studies in Italy (MM in Viola and MM in Music History) and in the United States (MM in Viola) under the tutelage of Piero Farulli, Giuseppina La Face and Masao Kawasaki


Nick Nick is the owner of Fiz, LLC, a website consulting firm. He also runs The Storage Room, an online retailer of emergency food. Though Nick has never played a viola, he is an avid music lover. He is the creator of Utah Internet Radio, a website that gives Utah musicians a place to publish their music.