|Categories for the next competition:||Violin|
|Age range:||1-21 (2 age categories)
|Structure:||Pre-selection by video recording followed by three rounds
|Cycle:||every two years
|Organiser:||Menuhin Competition UK
Rules: The Competition is open to violinists of any nationality under the age of 22. Junior competitors must be under 16 years of age and senior competitors under 22 years of age on the 17 April 2016 (everybody born after 17 April 1994). Violinists aged 15 on 17 April 2016 may also enter the Senior Section. The Jury will be composed of internationally renowned musicians. All decisions of the Jury will be final. The Jury reserves the right to withhold any prize should the required standard not be achieved. Once a candidate has won 1st Prize, he or she will not be eligible to enter the same section again. All music must be played from memory and without repeats unless indicated. Laureates must agree to perform without a fee at the Gala Concert. All competitors must agree to perform without a fee at other events during the Competition. Additionally, the Competition reserves the right to broadcast, record, videotape and/or film any part of the Competition events. The Competition also reserves the right to share information about applicants and competitors with selected partner organisations.
The required repertoire can be found here.
- 1st Prize £10,000 plus a 1-year loan of a golden period Stradivarius violin by
- 2nd Prize £7,500
- 3rd Prize £5,000
- 4th Prize £3,000
- Bach Prize £1,000 for the best Bach Performance
- Bartók Prize £1,000
- Composer Award £500
- 1st Prize £5,000 plus a 1-year loan of a fine old Italian violin by
- 2nd Prize £4,000
- 3rd Prize £3,000
- 4th Prize £2,000
- 5th Prize £1,000
- Chamber Music Award £500
- Composer Award £500
Special Prizes may be awarded at the Jury’s discretion.
Prize winners will be offered concert opportunities and courses including:
Applicants have to upload their performance of the required application repertoire and a number of documents on the online application platform. After the application deadline an international pre-selection jury will choose the strongest applicants.
- A copy of candidate’s passport
- Short biography with details of education, musical training and concert experience to date
- One letter of recommendation from the candidate’s teacher
- One letter of recommendation from a prominent musician
- One letter from the candidate’s teacher certifying the video recording as recent work of the candidate
Background: For its founder Yehudi Menuhin the key to success was his excellent music education as a child and his ongoing dialogue and collaboration with fellow musicians.
To enable young violinists from all over the world to have an equally enriching and stimulating environment, he founded:
- The Yehudi Menuhin School in England in 1963
- The Menuhin Music Academy for young virtuosi in Gstaad/Switzerland in 1977 – also the site of the annual summer festival
- The Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists in Folkstone/Britain in 1983
Having been hosted in Folkstone in the UK, Boulogne sur Mer in France, London in the UK, Cardiff in Wales, UK, Oslo in Norway and Bejingin China, the competition has always attracted some of the most promising young violinists from all over the globe. In 2014 for the first time the competition was held in the US (Austin, Texas). Many of its prize winners have embarked on successful international careers.
The competition has information about laureates, concerts and events also on Facebook.
Last updated: 29.04.2016