Karisa Chiu United States, 20, Senior

Karisa Chiu has won top prizes from numerous competitions such as the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition, the Stulberg International String Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition and the Cooper International Competition. In addition to these awards, Karisa has performed on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago and appeared as a soloist with many orchestras including the Munich Radio Orchestra, Montgomery Symphony and Kishwaukee Symphony, among others. Karisa is currently a student at the Curtis Institute of Music where she studies with Ida Kavafian. Previously, she studied with Almita Vamos and her father, Cornelius Chiu.

I grew up hearing about the Menuhin Competition from my friends and watching the performances online, so being selected to perform there myself this time is very surreal. Besides sharing wonderful music, my favorite part about competitions is getting to meet old friends and make new ones. Even though this is my first time participating, it is clear that the Menuhin Competition organization supports its artists and is an excellent advocate for the arts, and I’m privileged to be a part of that community.


Senior First Rounds
  • J.S. Bach Solo Sonata in A minor BWV 1003, Andante and Allegro
  • Augusta Read Thomas Incantation
  • Paganini Caprice No. 24 for Solo Violin, Op.1
Senior Semi Final
  • Mozart First movement of Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major, K.218
  • Mark O'Connor Menuhin Caprice
  • Hubay Carmen Fantasie
  • Ravel Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, 2nd movement
Senior Final
  • Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, Allegro molto appassionato
  • Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218, Andante cantabile
  • Ysaÿe Solo Sonata No. 3 in D minor “Ballade”