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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Programme for Menuhin Competition Geneva 2018 announced

3:22, 3rd October 2017

The Menuhin Competition will take place in Geneva, Switzerland for the first time in 2018.

The Competition, which will run 12-22 April 2018, will feature masterclasses, participatory activities, talks, collaborations and a series of free concerts alongside the competition rounds, which will feature 44 violinists from across the world.

Highlights include an opening concert with Marin Alsop conducting the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; performances from winners of the Menuhin Competition London 2016; and appearances by jury members Maxim Vengerov, Joji Hattori, Itamar Golan, Soyoung Yoon, Lu Siqing and Ilya Gringolts.

The competition’s junior finalists (under the age of 16) will perform a work by a finalist from the composition category of the Concours de Genève 2017, accompanied by the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, and senior finalists (aged 16 to 22) will join the UK’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Julian Rachlin.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Julian Rachlin will return for the Closing Gala Concert; they will perform with the junior and senior winners, as well as jurors Maxim Vengerov, Soyoung Yoon and Ilya Gringolts.

Pamela Frank will chair the jury, which comprises Joji Hattori (vice-chair), Itamar Golan, Ilya Gringolts, Henning Kraggerud, Lu Siqing, Josef Špaček, Maxim Vengerov and Soyoung Yoon.

In addition to offering ten masterclasses given by the members of the jury, the Menuhin Competition offers participants a programme of events including teaching time and cultural exchanges. Young violinists have the opportunity to collaborate with the Cultural Activities of the University of Geneva and the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Music (as part of the Musical Marathon of the Conservatory), to perform at the Hospital of Geneva (with students of the Haute Ecole de Musique) and to visit schools.

The competition will also feature creative workshops, open houses with local luthiers, and a cycle of documentary films on Yehudi Menuhin and music in general.

Booking for the Menuhin Competition is now open. The closing date for online applications is 31 October 2017.

The 44 candidates selected to participate in the 2018 Menuhin Competition will be announced in January 2018.


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