Exciting news from our competition oversea!
Menuhin Competition has just published the 44 competitors who will be joining them in Richmond, VA, in May.
Both first time and returning competitors, the musicians come from all over the world, Spain, Italy, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, USA and others, representing 18 different nationalities. We wish a special luck to Natusho Murata and Edward Walton, both EMCY Prize winner from our member competition Piccolo Violino Magico, who will compete in Richmond this May.
With the youngest competitor being only 11 and the oldest being 21, the Menuhin Competition once again will bring such gifted musicians to Virginia. 41 of 44 competitors (90%) have played the violin for seven or more years and one third of them gave their first recital before they had turned five!
Staying true to the founder Yehudi Menuhin’s philosophy of sharing music, engagement activities within local communities are important aspects of the Menuhin Competition. The Competition’s programme of engagement activities allows our competitors to inspire the next generation of young musicians and share their passion with the communities who have so kindly embraced them. The competitors will be going into elementary and secondary schools throughout the region to share their inspiration, experience and enthusiasm with local children through workshops and performances.
In addition to the exciting engagement activities planned for competitors and local musicians, Richmond will be joined by the internationally acclaimed musical comedy duo, TwoSet Violin. Well known for their viral videos about musician life – which are sometimes just as painfully accurate as they are hilarious – the pair will join the competition as roving reporters, sharing news and updates.
And last, but not least Richmond is on the rise – the city was recently named on the New York Times’ list of 52 places to visit in 2020! There are plenty of exciting ways to spend time in Richmond. For those looking for an educational experience, the city is full of wonderful museums, For families, there are plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied. For even more ideas, see the Visit Richmond website.