Closing Gala Concert

Sunday 23 May
5pm - 7pm

Richmond Symphony
Sphinx Virtuosi 
Andrew Litton (conductor) 
Junior Competition winner (violin) *
Senior Competition winner (violin) **
Soloist to be announced ^

Michael Abels Delights & Dances 
Vivaldi Concerto from The Four Seasons, Op. 8 * 
Concerto movement to be announced ** 
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 (1st movement) ^
De Falla Suite No. 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat 

The Closing Gala Concert brings the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021 to a rousing conclusion, featuring the Junior and Senior winners, the Sphinx Virtuosi, and the Richmond Symphony with guest conductor Andrew Litton. The joyful Three-Cornered Hat Suite draws the 2021 Competition to a thrilling close.

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Artists' Biographies

Richmond Symphony 

Celebrating its 63rd Season in 2020-21 the Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia. The organization includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus and more than 260 students in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra programs. Each season, more than 200,000 members of the community enjoy live concerts and radio broadcasts. The Symphony also provides educational outreach programs to over 55,000 students and teachers each year. The Symphony was named one of 21 American orchestras first selected as a leader in orchestra innovation by the League of American Orchestras through its Futures Fund Initiative. The Richmond Symphony is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sphinx Virtuosi 

The Sphinx Virtuosi has defined itself as the most diverse professional chamber orchestra in the country. The dynamism in its approach to music making offers an experience of unmatched vibrancy for seasoned and new audiences alike. These artists tour annually as cultural ambassadors to communities far and wide.

The Sphinx Virtuosi continues to garner critical acclaim during its annual national tours to leading venues around the country. Inspired by Sphinx’s overarching mission of transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts, the Sphinx Virtuosi works to advance the social impact of music upon our greater society. Dedicated to new music, the ensemble has pioneered the discovery of gems by composers of color, with the aim of expanding the canon and amplifying new and important voices. 

The Sphinx Virtuosi is passionate about empowering the next generation of artists and audiences, and as such, enjoy building interactive, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) programs and working with schools in underrepresented communities.

Andrew Litton 

Andrew Litton is Music Director of the New York City Ballet, Principal Guest Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Laureate of Britain’s Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Laureate of Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Other past roles include Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 1994–2006, and 14 years as Artistic Director of the Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest. 

This season, besides over 30 ballets with NYCB, Andrew Litton returns to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Colorado Symphony and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia.

An avid opera conductor, Andrew Litton has led many companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opera Australian, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and helped found the Bergen National Opera. His many honors include the Norwegian Royal Order of Merit, Yale’s Sanford Medal, the Elgar Society Medal and an honorary Doctorate from the University of Bournemouth.