Thursday 6 March 2014

Young talent in Texas - 2014 Yehudi Menuhin Competition

Stephen Waarts, Rennosuke Fukuda: winners of 2014 Yehudi Menuhin Competition
Rennosuke Fukuda & Stephen Waarts
The 2014 Menuhin Competition has just announced its winners. Taking place this year in Austin, Texas, the competition's junior first prize winner was Rennosuke Fukuda (14), from Japan, with the senior prize winner being the Dutch-American Stephen Waarts (17). Waarts was awarded 2nd Prize in the Junior Division of the Menuhin Competition in Oslo 2010. His 2014 prizewinning performance was of Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.2. Rennosuke Fukuda gave a performance of Waxman's virtuosic Carmen Fantasy.

Founded by Yehudi Menuhin in 1983, the competition takes place every two years at a different city around the world and is for young violinists under the age of 22. It returns to London in 2016 for Yehudi Menuhin's centenary. Each competition takes place in a festival-like environment in order to nurture the young players with a rich programme of masterclasses, juror recitals, chamber music evenings, and talks, as well as the competition rounds.

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