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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Menuhin Competition reveals 2018 competitors

4:38, 15th January 2018

The 44 violinists selected to compete in the 2018 Menuhin Competition have been revealed.

Those selected to participate in the event come from 16 countries and 5 continents, representing 17 nationalities, with 46% from Asia, 35% from USA, 15% from Europe and 4% from the rest of the world. Brazil and Slovenia will be represented by competitors for the first time in the Menuhin Competition’s history, and the average age of participants has dropped to 15 for the first time, with the youngest aged ten and the oldest aged 21.

The United States presents the largest number of participants with 14 individuals, followed by South Korea with nine, Japan with six and China with five.

In the Junior category (under 16), 68% of the participants are female, and in the Senior category (16-21), 70% are male. More than 90% of the participants began playing the violin before the age of five.

The participants were selected from an unprecedented 317 applications, a 6% increase on 2016.

The Competition’s artistic director, Gordon Back, said he was particularly impressed by ‘the technical and artistic level of the candidates’.

Senior

  • Diana Adamyan (Armenian), 17
  • Otto Antikainen (Finnish), 18
  • Rio Arai (Japanese), 18
  • Zachary Brandon (American), 18
  • Qing Yu Chen (American), 17
  • I-hao Cheng (Taiwanese), 19
  • Elli Choi (American), 16
  • Michael Germer (Danish), 15
  • Yehun Danny Jin (South Korean), 18
  • Elena Kawazu (American), 19
  • HyunJae Lim (South Korean), 20
    Dong Min Lim (South Korean), 16
  • Zhen Liu (Chinese), 20
  • Tianyou Ma (Chinese), 17
  • Nathan Mierdl (French/German), 19
  • Nikola Pajanović (Slovenian), 18
  • Sumina Studer (Swiss), 21
  • Takumi Taguchi (American/Japanese), 16
  • Eric Tsai (American), 20
  • Julian Walder (Austrian), 17
  • Jinyu Wang (Chinese), 20
  • Jinyoung Yoon (South Korean), 19

Junior

  • Jiyee Jen Ahn (South Korean), 14
  • Non Aoyama (Japanese), 13
  • Chloe Chua (Singapore), 11
  • Nurie Chung (South Korean), 12
  • Marley Erikson (American), 14
  • Jacques Forestier (Canadian), 13
  • Helen Hyun (American/South Korean), 12
  • Miray Ito (American/Japanese), 15
  • Yeyeong Jin (South Korean), 14
  • Kyota Kakiuchi (Japanese), 14
  • Hina Khuong-Huu (American/Japanese/French), 13
  • Caecilia Lee (American), 14
  • Christian Li (Australian), 10
  • Haewon Lim (South Korean), 13
  • Ruibing Liu (Chinese), 12
  • Sean Mori (American/Japanese), 15
  • Christina Jihee Nam (American), 15
  • Serin Park (American), 13
  • Guido Sant-Anna (Brazilian), 12
  • Clara Shen (German), 12
  • Hanchi Shi (Chinese), 14
  • Anatol János Toth (Swiss/German), 14

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