This year’s contest, celebrating the centenary of its famous namesake, takes place in London
The Menuhin Competition 2016 has revealed the five candidates selected to progress to the Junior Finals, taking place at London’s Royal Academy of Music on Friday.
Each of the five violinists, aged between 12 and 15, will lead the Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra as soloist in one of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and also perform the world premiere of the new commission for solo violin Shpigl by Òscar Colomina i Bosch, which includes improvisation.
The five Junior Semi-Finalists are:
Johan Dalene, 15, Sweden
Kevin Miura, 13, USA/Japan
Anne Luisa Kramb, 15, Germany (pictured)
Yesong Sophie Lee, 12, USA
NaKyung Kang, 12, South Korea
The four Menuhin Competition Senior Finalists have also been announced – the Senior Finals will take place on Saturday in London’s Royal Festival Hall.
The biennial Menuhin Competition, this year marking Menuhin’s 100th anniversary, takes place from 7-17 April in London. The 2016 jury comprises former laureates Julia Fischer, Ray Chen, Tasmin Little, Ning Feng and Joji Hattori, in addition to pianist Jeremy Menuhin, Korean violinist Dong-Suk Kang, director of the Verbier Festival Martin Engstroem and jury chair Pamela Frank.
The 2014 Menuhin Competition Senior Division was won by Stephen Waarts, while Rennosuke Fukuda triumphed in the Junior Division.
Visit the Menuhin Competition website for full details.