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Menuhin Competition

Next competition:
12-22.04.2018
Next deadline: TBA
Categories for the next competition: Violin

City: London (UK)
Age range: 1-21 (2 age categories)
Structure: Pre-selection by video recording followed by three rounds
Cycle: every two years
Categories: Violin
Organiser: Menuhin Competition UK
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Website: www.menuhincompetition.org

Rules: The Competition is open to violinists of any nationality under the age of 22. Junior competitors must be under 16 years of age and senior competitors under 22 years of age on the 17 April 2016 (everybody born after 17 April 1994). Violinists aged 15 on 17 April 2016 may also enter the Senior Section. The Jury will be composed of internationally renowned musicians. All decisions of the Jury will be final. The Jury reserves the right to withhold any prize should the required standard not be achieved. Once a candidate has won 1st Prize, he or she will not be eligible to enter the same section again. All music must be played from memory and without repeats unless indicated. Laureates must agree to perform without a fee at the Gala Concert. All competitors must agree to perform without a fee at other events during the Competition. Additionally, the Competition reserves the right to broadcast, record, videotape and/or film any part of the Competition events. The Competition also reserves the right to share information about applicants and competitors with selected partner organisations.

The required repertoire can be found here.

Prizes:

Senior Section
  • 1st Prize £10,000 plus a 1-year loan of a golden period Stradivarius violin by J&A Beare
  • 2nd Prize £7,500
  • 3rd Prize £5,000
  • 4th Prize £3,000
  • Bach Prize £1,000 for the best Bach Performance
  • Bartók Prize £1,000
  • Composer Award £500
Junior Section
  • 1st Prize £5,000 plus a 1-year loan of a fine old Italian violin by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins
  • 2nd Prize £4,000
  • 3rd Prize £3,000
  • 4th Prize £2,000
  • 5th Prize  £1,000
  • Chamber Music Award £500
  • Composer Award £500
Special Prizes:

Special Prizes may be awarded at the Jury’s discretion.

Prize winners will be offered concert opportunities and courses including:

  • The 1st Prize Junior winner will be invited to perform with the Konzerthaus Orchestra at the ‘Menuhin-Homage’ of Konzerthaus Berlin on 29 & 30 April and 1 May 2016.
  • Four prize winners will be offered participation in the Kronberg Violin Masterclasses 2017.
  • Recitals or concerts at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad.
  • Opportunity for prize winners to perform at HIMA (Harpa International Music Academy) Festival in Iceland; sponsored by Lin Yao Ji Music Foundation of China
  • The 2016 Morningside Music Bridge Young Artist Award (a scholarship to attend the Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary in July 2016) will be given to a competitor aged 18 years or younger.
  • More information

    Application: Application online

    Applicants have to upload their performance of the required application repertoire and a number of documents on the online application platform. After the application deadline an international pre-selection jury will choose the strongest applicants.

    Documents required:
    • A copy of candidate’s passport
    • Short biography with details of education, musical training and concert experience to date
    • One letter of recommendation from the candidate’s teacher
    • One letter of recommendation from a prominent musician
    • One letter from the candidate’s teacher certifying the video recording as recent work of the candidate
    Application fee: £100


    Background:
    For its founder Yehudi Menuhin the key to success was his excellent music education as a child and his ongoing dialogue and collaboration with fellow musicians.

    To enable young violinists from all over the world to have an equally enriching and stimulating environment, he founded:

    • The Yehudi Menuhin School in England in 1963
    • The Menuhin Music Academy for young virtuosi in Gstaad/Switzerland in 1977 – also the site of the annual summer festival
    • The Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists in Folkstone/Britain in 1983

    Having been hosted in Folkstone in the UK, Boulogne sur Mer in France, London in the UK, Cardiff in Wales, UK, Oslo in Norway and Bejingin China, the competition has always attracted some of the most promising young violinists from all over the globe. In 2014 for the first time the competition was held in the US (Austin, Texas). Many of its prize winners have embarked on successful international careers.

    The competition has information about laureates, concerts and events also on Facebook.

    Last updated: 29.04.2016

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    Junior group – under 17 years of age

    1st prize – the Golden Violin – 7000 PLN

    2nd prize – the Silver Violin – 5000 PLN

    3rd prize – the Bronze Violin – 4000 PLN

    4th prize – the Bronze Violin – 2000 PLN

    5th prize – the Bronze Violin – 1000 PLN

    Senior group – from 17 to 25 years of age

    1st prize – the Golden Violin – 10000 PLN

    2nd prize – the Silver Violin – 7000 PLN

    3rd prize – the Bronze Violin – 4000 PLN

    4th prize – the Bronze Violin – 3000 PLN

    5th prize – the Bronze Violin – 2000 PLN

    Apart from the prizes stipulated in the regulations, private persons and institutions may award other prizes.

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