IVS AWARDS

The Silver Alto Clef, Honorary Members, & Other Awards

IVS AWARDS STRUCTURE

The following are the awards criteria from the Bylaws:

V. AWARDS

The Society will present four awards in its behalf, all designating outstanding contributions to the viola and/or the Society. These shall be the Silver Viola Clef, the Golden Viola Clef, Honorary Membership in the Society, and plaques or other suitable media. Nominations will be considered from any person affiliated with the IVS through one of its National Sections.

  1. The Silver Viola Clef/Der Silberne Viola-Schlüssel will be awarded on an annual basis, one award per year, for outstanding contribution to the viola and/or the Society. Recipients will be selected by the Presidency and require its two-thirds majority vote. The Presidency may elect not to make an award for a given year, but may select recipients for the current and one preceding year during any given election cycle. (For example, the Silver Clef was not awarded in 1993, 1995, 1998, and cannot now be awarded.)

  2. The Golden Viola Clef/Der Goldene Viola-Schlüssel may be awarded in very special circumstances to servants of the viola without peer for exceptionally distinguished and unique contributions to the viola. Recipients will be selected by the Presidency and ratified by the Assembly of Delegates, requiring a three-quarters majority vote from each body.

  3. Honorary Membership/Ehrenmitgliedschaft, likewise an award of extremely high distinction, will be given to servants of the viola for careers that exponentially furthered the purposes of the Society. Recipients will be selected by the Presidency and ratified by the Assembly of Delegates, requiring a three-quarters majority vote from each body.

  4. Plaques, crystal or other suitable media may be presented at the discretion of the Presidency to acknowledge distinctive achievements in viola performance, scholarship, teaching, instrument building, or service to the Society or to any of its member Sections. Recipients will be selected by the Presidency and require its two-thirds majority vote.

THE SILVER ALTO CLEF

The IVS Silver Alto Clef is awarded regularly to a maximum of one each year. (Note: In the early years, it was sometimes awarded more than once in a year.)

The recipients of this award are:

2021 - Lars anders Tomter Oslo, Norway
2020 - Garth Knox Paris, France/Ireland/ UK - Watch Garth Knox receive the Silver Alto Clef (YouTube)

2019 – Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot, Montreal, Canada

2018 – Atar Arad, Bloomington, IN, USA
2017 – Heidi Castleman, New York, NY, USA
2016 – Dr. Milan Škampa (dec.), Prague, Czech Republic 
2015 – Michael Kugel, Hasselt, Belgium
2014 – Carlos María Solare, Berlin, Germany

2013 – Kim Kashkashian, Boston, MA, USA
2012 – Michael Tree (dec.), New York, NY, USA 
2011 – Nobuko Imai, Tokyo, Japan
2010 – John White (dec.), Harlow, Essex, UK
2009 – Dr. Ronald Schmidt, Bornheim, Germany

2008 – Tabea Zimmermann, Bochum, Germany
2007 – Donald McInnes, Palm Springs, CA, USA
2006 – Bruno Giuranna, Asolo, Italy
2005 – Dr. Pamela Goldsmith, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2004 – Dr. Thomas Tatton, Stockton, CA, USA

2003 – Prof. Emile Cantor-Samama, Arhus, Denmark
2002 – Emanuel Vardi (dec), San Jose, CA, USA 
2001 – Dr. Michael Vidulich, Auckland, New Zealand
2000 – Dr. Donald Maurice, Wellington, New Zealand
1999 – Ann Frederking, Ottawa, Ont., Canada

1998 – No award
1997 – Dr. Dwight Pounds, Bowling Green, KY, USA
1996 – A. Baird Knechtel, Toronto, Ont., Canada
1995 – No award
1994 – Walter Witte (dec.), Frankfurt a.M., Germany

1993 – No award
1992 – Christoph Angerer, Vienna, Austria
1991 – Otto Freudenthal (dec.), Linköping, Sweden
1990 – Heinz Berck, Dreieich-Sprendlingen, Germany
1989 – Günter Ojsteršek (dec.), Düsseldorf, Germany 

1988 – OAR Eduard Membier (dec.), Vienna, Austria
1987 – Dr. David Dalton, Provo, UT, USA
1986 – Prof. Berta Volmer (dec.), Cologne, Germany
1985 – Dr. Ulrich Drüner, Stuttgart, Germany
1985 – Janos Czakó (dec.), Nürnberg, Germany

1984 – Dr. Zvonimir Devidé, Zagreb, Croatia
1983 – Dr. Maurice Riley (dec.), Ypsilanti, MI, USA
1982 – Uta Lenkewitz-von Zahn, Rheinbach, Germany
1982 – Dr. François Beaumont (dec.), Auvernier, Switzerland
1981 – Dr. Myron Rosenblum, New York City, NY, USA

HONORARY MEMBERS

Honorary Members of the IVG/IVS / Ehrenmitglieder der IVG/IVS

  • Dr. William Primrose, CBE (dec.), Provo, UT, USA

  • Prof. Paul Doktor (dec.), New York City, NY, USA

  • Dr. Maurice Riley (dec.), Ypsilanti, MI, USA

  • Dr. Wolfgang Sawodny, Ulm, Germany (dec.)

  • Janos Czakó (dec.), Nürnberg, Germany

  • Gustav Szeredi-Saupe (dec.), Budapest, Hungary

  • Peter Peyrer-Heimstätt, Radstadt, Austria

  • Prof. Berta Volmer (dec.), Cologne, Germany

  • Dr. Volker Klingmüller (dec.), Mannheim, Germany

  • Tully Potter, London, UK

  • Bruno Giuranna, Asolo, Italy

  • Dr. David Dalton, Provo, Utah, USA

  • Dr. Dwight Pounds, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

  • Dr. Michael Vidulich, QSM, Auckland, New Zealand

OTHER AWARDS

The Golden Viola Clef/Der GoldeneViola-Schlüssel
14 September 2013 Dr David Dalton, Provo, Utah, USA
19 June 1988 Prof. Franz Zeyringer (dec.), Pöllau, Austria

Honorary President of the IVG/IVS/Ehrenpräsident der IVG/IVS
10 February 1989 Prof. Franz Zeyringer (dec. 2010), Pöllau, Austria

Honorary Counselor for Life (Ehrenbeirat)
2000 – Doz. Günter Ojsteršek, Rödersheim-Gronau, Germany (dec. )
2000 – Prof. Berta Volmer (dec.), Cologne, Germany

Special Award for distinctive achievements
2013 – Prof Stefan Kamasa, Krakow, Poland
2010 – Hester Wohlitz, Irene, South Africa
2009 – Prof Shen Xi-Di, Shanghai, China
2001 – Dr. Michael Vidulich, Auckland, New Zealand
2000 – Prof. John White (dec.), Harlow, Essex, UK