Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 Postponed to 2021


In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and in line with recommendations from both international and U.S. public health officials, the Menuhin Competition Trust and the Richmond Symphony have decided to postpone the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 until May 13-23, 2021.

Participants, jurors and guest artists

All 44 competitors who were selected for the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 have been invited to participate in the rescheduled Competition. The competitors will play the same repertoire and will participate in the same division for which they qualified in 2020, even if they have aged out of this division in the intervening year. Updated information about participating competitors, jurors and guest artists will be released later this spring. Early indications suggest that many of our participants will happily be able to join us in May 2021, including the Sphinx Virtuosi, Mark and Maggie O’Connor, Regina Carter, and Intermission; as well as conductors Jahja Ling and Andrew Litton.

“I look forward to welcoming all the competitors, jurors, artists-in-residence and the audience to the Menuhin Competition next May,” said Gordon Back, Artistic Director of the Menuhin Competition. “Despite the world-wide coronavirus crisis causing us to postpone this year’s event, we are working hard with our partners, who really have made Herculean efforts to reschedule and ensure the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021 is the most successful Competition ever!”

“I am positive that it will be a brilliant success,” Back added, “and as Menuhin himself said, ‘Our young gifted violinists will be the ambassadors of goodwill.’”

Executive Director of the Richmond Symphony, David Fisk, said on behalf of the host consortium of partners, “All of us involved in the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 regret the need to postpone the event, but recognize the imperative to avoid any large gatherings until the COVID-19 danger has lifted. In the meantime, we hope everyone stays safe and healthy; music can be a source of uplift for all of us during this difficult and uncertain time. We look forward with great anticipation to hosting the Menuhin Competition in 2021, eagerly welcoming ‘the Olympics of the Violin’ to Richmond next May instead. The city is ready, our partners are ready, and during the coming year, we'll work to make next year's Competition even bigger and better than before.”

Ticketing information

If you purchased tickets to any of the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 events, those tickets will be honored in 2021. You will be contacted by box office staff to confirm your tickets or you can be issued a refund should you be unable to attend the Richmond 2021 Competition.

If you have questions, please contact the box offices you purchased tickets from (contact information below) or Menuhin Competition Marketing & Sales Coordinator Ashley Davis at 804-788-4717 ext. 124 or

Richmond Symphony: (804) 788-1212 or
Modlin Center at the University of Richmond: (804) 289-8980
Singleton Center at VCU: (804) 828-1169
Virginia Repertory Theatre: (804) 282-2620

Please be aware that box offices are responding to a high volume of emails and your inquiry may take longer than normal to answer. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

You can also donate your ticket back to the venues or organisations they were purchased from - doing so helps to support the Richmond arts community. Individual gifts have always been a critical source of funding in the arts and donations help to ensure that Richmond can continue to deliver world-class artistic programs. For more details of how to donate your ticket for events purchased through the Richmond Symphony, please contact the Richmond Symphony Patron Services on 804.788.1212 or email them at To donate your ticket for other events, please contact the individual venue in question.

Making Menuhin

Our co-hosts VPM have produced an original podcast, Making Menuhin, which will be released on May 13, 2020, one year ahead of the rescheduled Competition. The podcast will explore many aspects of the young violinists’ lives, from their first days of learning the violin to the unique challenges they have to overcome. “Music in my life opened doors to a lot of possibilities,” says Brazil’s Guido Sant’Anna. “And I can't really imagine a life that I wouldn't be playing violin.” Episodes will be available to download on all major podcast platforms.

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