Thursday, 16 January 2014

Menuhin Competition returns to London

Kenneth Renshaw, Senior 1st prize winner in the 2012 Menuhin Competition
Kenneth Renshaw, Senior 1st prize winner in the 2012 Competition
It was announced this week that the Menuhin Competition will return to London in 2016 to celebrate the centenary of the violinist Yehudi Menuhin for whom the competition is named. The competition was founded by Menuhin in 1983 and takes place every two years in a different international city. This year's competition is in the USA for the first time, from 21 February to 2 March 2014 in Austin, Texas, USA.

The event is more of a festival of music and cultural exchange than simply a competition and in 2016 there will be a 10 day programme of concerts, masterclasses, talks and participatory activities with performances from candidates and jury members. Competition rounds will take place the Royal Academy of Music, with concerts at the South Bank Centre. The 2016 jury includes previous winners who have become world class soloists, Tasmin Little, Julia Fischer and Ray Chen

The 2014 festival can be followed via live-stream at the Menuhin Competition website and the winners will be performing at the opening concert of the 2016 competition in London.

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