Only three weeks to go before the classical music world hones in on London as it celebrates Yehudi Menuhin’s Centenary, with the MENUHIN COMPETITION LONDON 2016 (Thursday 7 April–Sunday 17 April) celebrating all things Menuhin!
The host city of London will be filled with world class music over the Competition’s 11-day Festival with major concerts from some of the capital’s best orchestras, a host of internationally acclaimed soloists, world premieres, exhibitions, family events including The Composer Is Dead with text by Lemony Snicket and narrated by Nicholas Parsons 16/4, masterclasses and outreach programmes – with the Competition at its heart. The 44 young competitors come from across the globe to compete in the world’s leading competition for young violinists - known as the Olympics of the Violin. For this year’s Competition, celebrating the Menuhin centenary, HRH The Prince Of Wales has become the Competition’s Royal Patron.
Three new compositions will have their world premieres during the 11-day Festival: John Rutter’s first work for violin with choir and string orchestra, Visions, premieres at the intimate Temple Church 14/4; Roxanna Panufnik’s Hora Bessarabia for solo violin inspired by Menuhin’s love of Eastern European gypsy music premieres at the Opening Concert at the Royal Festival Hall 7/4, and Spanish composer Òscar Colomina I Bosch‘s Shpigl will be played by the Junior Finalists 15/4.
Whilst the 44 exceptional young violinists participate in the world’s leading violin competition they will all be involved in the full and exciting programme to celebrate the life of the Competition’s founder.
The Duke’s Hall at the Royal Academy of Music (the host conservatoire) houses the free daily heats from 8/4, the semi-finals from 12/4 and the Junior Finals on 15/4, which is one of the most memorable events in the calendar to see such young talent scale such heights.
The Opening Concert 7/4 at the Royal Festival Hall stars four former prize-winners of the MENUHIN COMPETITION, all who are now internationally acclaimed violinists: Tasmin Little, Ray Chen, Jiafeng Chen and teenager Rennosuke Fukuda, with the Philharmonia Orchestra. And on through to the heady Senior Finals on 16/4 and the Closing Gala Concert of the MENUHIN COMPETITION LONDON 2016 on 17/4; when the Philharmonia Orchestra presents the winners of both the Juniors and Seniors as well as dazzling virtuoso and 1995 winner Julia Fischer playing Bartók’s haunting First Violin Concerto.
Grandson and trustee, Aaron Menuhin says: “When witnessing these young violinists play one cannot help but repeat what Einstein said upon hearing my grandfather play, ‘And now I know there is a God in heaven’."