Menuhin Competition

Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021

The World’s Leading International Competition For Young Violinists

What is the Menuhin Competition?

Menuhin CompetitionIn 2021 the world’s leading international competition for young violinists will be coming to the United States for only the second time since its debut more than 35 years ago. Richmond, Virginia will host the eleven day festival of concerts, performances and masterclasses that are all part of the celebration of outstanding young classical musicians from around the world. This competition, often referred to as the “Olympics of the Violin”, brings the best from all over the world. 44 competitors in the Junior and Senior groups combined will take part in what feels like a festival all across Richmond.

Founded in 1983 by violinist Yehudi Menuhin, the international competition is open to musicians under the age of 22 and takes place every two years. Menuhin was a violin prodigy as a child and later became world-renowned not only for his playing, but also for his devotion to teaching young violinists from all over the world. The competition aims to create connections across borders and introduce classical music to a larger community.

The last event was held in Geneva in 2018. The competition was originally scheduled to take place in Richmond from May 14-24 of this year, but was postponed until 2021 as a result of the impacts of COVID-19. The event will take place across Richmond, with performances at VCU, the University of Richmond and Dominion Energy Center, as well as mini-concerts by competitors at schools all around the region.

VPM is a co-host of the event and will be providing livestream and on-air coverage of events and performances leading up to and during the competition. This page is where you’ll see every competitive round of Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021. Watch as each competitor plays beautiful classical pieces and shares their artistry with fellow musicians all across the world. Millions of viewers have watched past competitions, and we can’t wait to share this incredible event with a global audience when it comes to Virginia on May 13, 2021.

A Menuhin Showcase

Even though the  Menuhin Competition was postponed this year, we still wanted to celebrate extraordinary young musicians by sharing A Menuhin Showcase. Watch spectacular performances from the 2018 Competition in Geneva, Switzerland and a former prize winner performing in Richmond, Virginia. VPM Music’s Mike Goldberg hosts as we watch finalists Christian Li and Chloe Chua shine on their way to share top honors in their division. And, experience Kerson Leong’s wonderful performance with the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2019. This program is the perfect primer ahead of Christian’s and Chloe’s arrival in Richmond to kick off the Competition when it returns in 2021.

Making Menuhin

Making Menuhin is a new podcast from VPM that introduces listeners to the talented youth participating in the competition. Episodes share the inside stories of young violinists from around the world: how they got started, the teachers who inspired them, the sacrifices they’ve made and what they express through their music. Each episode includes musical recordings of the featured performers made exclusively for VPM.

The first episode of the podcast will be available for streaming on May 13, 2020, exactly one year ahead of the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021. We hope it will serve to keep the competition alive for its fans and supporters and offer moments of solace and inspiration as the world faces the challenges of dealing with the pandemic.

Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021 Partners:

Richmond Symphony

Richmond Symphony

University of Richmond