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Guide to the Menuhin Competition


Gordon Back talks about the Menuhin Competition

Gordon Back
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, London in 2016 and in Geneva in 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.

For full application details, please visit the 2018 Menuhin Competition website.

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Deadline[not set]
Finals22 - 23 May 2020
WhereRichmond, United States
2018 Finals
Looking back at the 2016 competition in London