Olivia Palazzolo wins Tone Award at Primrose International Viola Competition

American Viola Society president Nokuthula Ngwenyama presents Blair student Olivia Palazzolo with the Tone Award at the Primrose International Viola Competition.


Blair School precollege student Olivia Palazzolo won the Tone Award at the Primrose International Viola Comptition, held in June at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

Palazzolo, age 17, is a student of Kathryn Plummer. She was one of just 30 violists ages 15-29 selected to compete in the live rounds of the competition. Her fellow quarter-finalists are from Australia, Canada, China, France, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.

One of the most renowned string instrument competitions in the world, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2014, the PIVC features the world’s best young violists.