Competition

Competition: Senior Finals

Saturday 22 May
7.30pm - 10pm

Richmond Symphony
Andrew Litton (conductor)
Four Senior finalists (violin)

Lalo Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra in D minor, Op. 21 (without 3rd movement)
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61
Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22 

Witness the culmination of the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021. Four of the world’s best young violinists perform their choice of violin concerto from the Competition repertoire in the final stage of their journey to be awarded one of the sought-after prizes.

Audience members will also have the opportunity to vote for a finalist to be awarded the Audience Prize.

The prizewinners will be announced at the end of the evening.

Artists' Biographies

For biographies of all of our competitors, please see our Participants page.

Richmond Symphony 

Celebrating its 63rd Season in 2021-21, 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. 

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.