Guide to the 2018 Menuhin Competition


Gordon Back talks about the Menuhin Competition

The Menuhin Competition catches its musicians young, with categories of under-16 and under-22. Gordon Back has been with the competition since the beginning, first as accompanist and now as Artistic Director.

The Menuhin Competition is the world’s leading international competition for young violinists. Held every two years in a different world city, most recently Oslo in 2010, Beijing in 2012, Austin in 2014 and London in 2016, the next edition will take place in Geneva from 12 – 22 April 2018. The Competition discovers, encourages and nurtures exceptionally talented young musicians to develop into the next generation of great artists, and receives hundreds of entries, choosing only 44 of the world’s very best young violinists to participate.

As one of Yehudi Menuhin’s most valuable legacies, the Competition, founded in 1983, continues to uphold his status as a cultural ambassador and true world citizen by creating an exceptional family atmosphere of learning and exchange in which talented young violinists may learn and grow. Competitors participate in masterclasses and peer to peer learning or turn into mentors themselves and work with our partners to deliver outreach projects in the local community. All competitors remain in the host city throughout the Competition, staying with local host families.

In addition to prizes awarded in the form of funds and instrumental loans, the Competition supports its prizewinners as they begin to establish their careers by arranging international performance opportunities.

The Competition welcomes applications from young violinists of any nationality born on or after 22 April 1996. Applications are open now and close on 31 October 2017. A non-refundable application fee of £100 sterling is payable and travel grants can be applied for. For full application details, please visit the 2018 Menuhin Competition website.


GenevaOpening concert

Saint-Saëns, Mendelssohn, Dvořák
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Marin Alsop; Yesong Sophie Lee; Henning Kraggerud

GenevaThe Violin Trilogy

Mozart, Prokofiev, Brahms
L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève; Joji Hattori; Soyoung Yoon; Lu Siqing; Estelle Revaz

London 2016 prizewinners’ concert

Beethoven, Bach, Dvořák, Ravel, Sarasate
Ziyu He; Yesong Sophie Lee

GenevaJury recital

Ilya Gringolts; Josef Špaček jr; Itamar Golan

GenevaClosing Gala Concert

Mozart, Vivaldi, Kreisler, Tchaikovsky
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Julian Rachlin; Prizewinners of the Menuhin Competition; Maxim Vengerov; Soyoung Yoon

GenevaJunior Semi-finals

Piazzolla, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms
Junior semi-finalists of the Menuhin competition, Violin

GenevaSenior Semi-finals

Senior semi-finalists of the Menuhin competition, Violin

GenevaJunior Finals

L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève; Junior finalists of the Menuhin Competition

GenevaSenior Finals

Bruch, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Julian Rachlin; Senior finalists of the Menuhin competition