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Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020

Founded by Yehudi Menuhin in 1983, the Menuhin Competition is the world’s leading international competition for young violinists. Nicknamed “The Olympics of the Violin” the Competition attracts hundreds of entries from countries across the globe, choosing only 44 of the world’s very best young violinists to participate. Held every two years in a different world city the Competition discovers, encourages and nurtures exceptionally talented young musicians from all corners of the world under the age of 22 years to develop into the next generation of great artists.

The Competition will take place May 14-24, 2020. We are proud to host the Menuhin Competition in partnership with Richmond Symphony, University of Richmond, the City of Richmond, and VPM. All events taking place on the VCU campus are listed below. For a full list of events, visit the Menuhin Competition website.

 

JURORS SHOWCASE

Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts
Mary Anne Rennolds Concert Series

Tickets:
$35 General Admission
$32 Seniors (60+) / VCU Employees / VCU Alumni Association members
$25 Children (16 and under)
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The Jurors Showcase features six internationally acclaimed artists serving as adjudicators for the Competition:
Gordon Back, piano |  Artistic Director, Menuhin Competition
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin  | Juror
Pamela Frank, violin  | Chair of the Jury
Joji Hattori, viola  | Vice Chair of the Jury
Ralph Kirshbaum, cello  | Juror
Anton Nel, piano  | Juror

 

JUNIOR SEMI-FINALS AM SESSION

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets:
$10 General Admission
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Giving the young competitors from all over the world an opportunity to demonstrate the diversity of their playing, this round features chamber music collaboration in Dvořák’s Terzetto, performed with previous prizewinner Timothy Chooi and Barry Schiffman, and a Beethoven sonata with piano. Each semi-finalist will also play their own choice of a virtuoso work and a recently composed work for solo violin.

Collaborative pianists: Magdalena Adamek, Nicola Eimer, Joanne Kong, Daniel Stipe.

Audience may come and go in between individual recitals.

 

JUNIOR SEMI-FINALS PM SESSION

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 2:15 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets:
$10 General Admission
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Giving the young competitors from all over the world an opportunity to demonstrate the diversity of their playing, this round features chamber music collaboration in Dvořák’s Terzetto, performed with previous prizewinner Timothy Chooi and Barry Schiffman, and a Beethoven sonata with piano. Each semi-finalist will also play their own choice of a virtuoso work and a recently composed work for solo violin.

Collaborative pianists: Magdalena Adamek, Nicola Eimer, Joanne Kong, Daniel Stipe.

Audience may come and go in between individual recitals. Results will be announced following the jury deliberation.

 

SENIOR SEMI-FINALS AM SESSION

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets:
$10 General Admission
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Nine Senior semi-finalists will play for their place in the coveted Senior Finals. This round sees each violinist collaborate with guitarist Chaconne Klaverenga in Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango” and give world premiere performances of a new commission by Mark O’Connor. Each semi-finalist will also perform the 1st movement of a Mozart concerto including a new cadenza composed by each semi-finalist, as well as a virtuoso work of their choice with or without piano.

Collaborative pianists: Magdalena Adamek, Nicola Eimer, Joanne Kong, Daniel Stipe.

Audience may come and go in between individual recitals.

 

SENIOR SEMI-FINALS PM SESSION

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 2:15 p.m.
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall
W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets
$10 General Admission
Click here to purchase tickets.

Nine Senior semi-finalists will play for their place in the coveted Senior Finals. This round sees each violinist collaborate with guitarist Chaconne Klaverenga in Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango” and give world premiere performances of a new commission by Mark O’Connor. Each semi-finalist will also perform the 1st movement of a Mozart concerto including a new cadenza composed by each semi-finalist, as well as a virtuoso work of their choice with or without piano.

Collaborative pianists: Magdalena Adamek, Nicola Eimer, Joanne Kong, Daniel Stipe.

Audience may come and go in between individual recitals. Results will be announced following the jury deliberation.

 

JURY MASTERCLASSES

Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Academic Learning Commons – VCU
1000 Floyd Avenue Richmond, VA 23220

Tickets: 
General admission $10 per session
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Watch a jury of internationally acclaimed performers guide the next generation of outstanding musicians. Each juror will lead a two-hour open masterclass at Virginia Commonwealth University.Masterclasses will occur simultaneously during each time session. You will have the opportunity to move between the three masterclasses, subject to the availability of seats in each room.

10 a.m session:  Pamela Frank, Anton Nel, Ning Feng
12:30 p.m. session: Ray Chen, Ralph Kirshbaum, Soyoung Yoon
3 p.m. session: Pamela Frank & Howard Nelson, Joji Hattori, Noah Bendix-Balgley