Maya Anjali Buchanan United States, 20, Senior

Indian-American violinist Maya Anjali Buchanan is a top medalist of the Washington, Stulberg, Stradivarius and Johansen International Competitions. She has performed in Europe, China and with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the 2017 CSO Young Artist Competition. Festival debuts include the Harpa International Music Festival, Peninsula Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival as the recipient of the 2019 Dorothy DeLay Fellowship Award. An alumna of the Music Institute of Chicago Academy, Maya currently studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Ida Kavafian. She plays on a violin generously loaned by the Stradivari Society of Chicago. 

“The Menuhin competition is synonymous worldwide with excellence in music making. I was blown away when I received my acceptance to this prestigious competition and of course, honored to be included in this legacy. As a 21st century musician, collaboration is very important to me and the aspect of music-making that I most enjoy. Discussing musical ideas and ultimately developing a shared musical vision is an illuminating process. The opportunities provided by this competition for personal musical growth through collaboration with peers, accompanists, orchestral and chamber musicians are my favorite aspects. I look forward to meeting all the musicians in attendance from around the world and am certain we will be friends by the conclusion of this shared experience. I am thrilled to have been accepted and know that I will be the better just from taking part.”


Senior First Rounds
  • J.S. Bach Solo Sonata in C major BWV 1005, Largo and Allegro Assai
  • Reena Esmail Partita for Solo Violin: Dharshan III
  • Paganini Caprice No. 5 for Solo Violin, Op.1