Founded by Yehudi Menuhin in 1983 the Menuhin Competition is the world's leading international competition for young violinists. Nicknamed “The Olympics of the Violin” the Competition attracts hundreds of entries from countries across the globe, choosing only 44 of the world’s very best young violinists to participate. Held every two years in a different world city the Competition discovers, encourages and nurtures exceptionally talented young musicians from all corners of the world under the age of 22 years to develop into the next generation of great artists. Following the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Richmond 2020 Competition was postponed until May 2021 but the eligibility criteria remains as it would have been for May 2020 and all competitors who were selected to participate in 2020 have re-confirmed their participation in the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021.
The Menuhin Competition has an impressive track record of counting some of the world’s most gifted violinists among its participants and prizewinners. Since 1983, many prizewinners such as Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, Tasmin Little, Julia Fischer, Ilya Gringolts and more recently Ray Chen, Chad Hoopes and Stephen Waarts have gone onto successful international careers as soloists. Some are outstanding concertmasters such as Daishin Kashimoto at the Berlin Philharmonic, others such as Corina Belcea lead world-class chamber ensembles.
Yehudi Menuhin: music connects
From child prodigy to one of the 20th century’s finest and most celebrated artists, Yehudi Menuhin devoted much of his life to teaching music, forging links between cultures, and bringing classical music to those who may not have access to it, especially the most disadvantaged as he was convinced that music is a powerful social bond.
As one of Yehudi Menuhin’s most valuable legacies, the Competition continues to uphold his status as a cultural ambassador and true world citizen by creating an exceptional family atmosphere of learning and exchange for the competitors. All competitors are invited to stay in the host city for the duration of the Competition, allowing them to make new friendships with other young musicians and forge social and cultural connections alongside their musical development.