May 11, 2020
Menuhin Competition Rescheduled, VPM Broadcasts Celebrate Menuhin

Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 Rescheduled as “Richmond 2021”

Co-Host Institutions, Competitors, Artists -in-Residence and Jurors Commit to Participating
May 13-23, 2021

VPM’s Making Menuhin Podcast and A Menuhin Showcase Broadcast
Feature Past and Future Competitors

Nine-Episode Podcast Launches May 13, 2020
Followed by Televised Broadcast and Livestream on 
May 14, 2020

The Menuhin Competition, often called “The Olympics of the Violin,” was scheduled to bring the best young violinists in the world to Richmond, VA this month, but in March, organizers were forced to reschedule the international event due to COVID-19. Today, the Menuhin Competition Trust and the Richmond Symphony, on behalf of the consortium of co-host institutions, is thrilled to announce that almost all of those who intended to participate in Richmond 2020 have committed to Richmond 2021, which will take place May 13-23, 2021. All 44 of the extraordinary young violinists from 18 countries who had been invited to the Competition in 2020, and seven of the nine jurors, have committed to the 2021 Competition. All of the co-host institutions—City of RichmondRichmond SymphonyUniversity of RichmondVirginia Commonwealth University and VPM—will continue as co-hosts for the 2021 event, and all of the stellar artists scheduled to appear in guest performances—including Regina Carter, Mark & Maggie O’Connor, and TwoSet Violin—have committed to participate in 2021 as well.

To honor the Competition (originally scheduled for May 14-24, 2020), VPM, Virginia’s home for public media and one of the Richmond co-hosts, will unveil Making Menuhin, an original podcast series introducing audiences to some of the talented young musicians heading to the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021. Making Menuhin will launch on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, exactly one year in advance of the 2021 Competition.

Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021
The Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading international competition for young violinists, is held every two years in a different location and brings together 44 of the world’s most extraordinary young violinists - 22 Juniors (ages 15 and under) and 22 Seniors (ages 21 and under). The Competition offers the remarkable young musicians who participate an immersion in music—among peers, mentors and audiences—with concerts by jurors, past winners and artists-in-residence; workshops and masterclasses; panel discussions; and the opportunity to share their music with the local community through a variety of engagement activities.

Each iteration of the Menuhin Competition is uniquely shaped by the city in which it takes place, with a unique mix of co-host institutions, jurors, artists-in-residence and the young violinists who participate in the eleven-day event. In Richmond, all the elements that had been woven together for 2020 have now been carefully reconvened for 2021.

“The Governor and I are pleased that, despite delays caused by COVID-19, Virginia will have the honor of hosting the prestigious and much-anticipated Menuhin Competition in 2021,” said First Lady Pamela Northam. “Virginia looks forward to sharing the marvels of our capital city with the many talented young musicians and visitors that the ‘Olympics of the Violin’ will surely bring. I have no doubt that Richmond 2021 will be the best competition year yet.”

“Good things come to those who wait – and we can’t wait to host the Menuhin Competition in 2021,” said Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. “We’re looking forward to showcasing the best of Richmond to the rest of the world by making these extraordinarily talented young violinists feel right at home in the first-class cultural and entertainment center of Virginia. Richmond and Menuhin in 2021 will make beautiful music together.”

All 44 competitors who had been selected for the 2020 Competition in Richmond are planning to attend in 2021. They will be using the same repertoire and will participate in the same division for which they qualified in 2020, even if they age out in the intervening year.

Seven of the nine esteemed jurors—representing the highest caliber of educational institutions, orchestras, and competition circuits—are planning to remain on the jury for 2021: violinist Pamela Frank (Chair), violinist and conductor Joji Hattori (Vice-Chair), violinist Noah Bendix-Balgleyviolinist Ray Chenviolinist and entrepreneur Aaron Dworkincellist Ralph Kirshbaumand violinist Soyoung Yoon. Jurors Ning Feng and Anton Nel are unable to attend, and their spots on the 2021 jury will be filled by American-based Chinese violinist and previous 1st prizewinner of the 2010 Menuhin Competition, Angelo Xiang Yu, and London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane, renowned for his solo and chamber performances and recently appointed Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition.

The artists-in-residence are a critical part of the Competition, providing a diverse and complementary series of concerts and educational activities throughout the Competition. These established touring artists have all committed to participating in the rescheduled 2021 competition, including the Sphinx VirtuosiMark & Maggie O’Connor and Regina Carter; wellness experts Howard Nelson and Intermission; the classical comedy YouTube duo TwoSet Violin; and conductors Jahja Ling and Andrew Litton. In addition, National Public Radio host Fred Child will again be Master of Ceremonies for the closing weekend.


VPM’s Making Menuhin Podcast
In honor of the Menuhin Competition and the competitors, VPM presents Making Menuhin, an original podcast that introduces listeners to the talented young musicians who will now be participating in the Competition next year. The first of nine episodes will be released on May 13, 2020, one year ahead of the rescheduled 2021 Competition. The podcast is hosted by Sarah Huebsch Schilling, classical music host at VPM Music, musician and director of Interlochen’s Early Music Workshop.

“We are thrilled to be part of Menuhin 2021, and excited to kick off the countdown to next year. We hope the Making Menuhin podcast will not only keep the competition alive for its fans and supporters, but also offer inspiration as the world faces the challenges of dealing with the pandemic,” said Steve Humble, Chief Content Officer at VPM.    

The podcast dives deeply into the lives of the extraordinary young violinists from around the world who have been selected for the Menuhin Competition, and explores how they got started, the teachers who inspired them, the sacrifices they’ve made and what they hope to express through their music. “Music in my life opened doors to a lot of possibilities,” says Brazil’s Guido Sant’Anna. “And I can't really imagine a life that I wouldn't be playing violin.”

Making Menuhin will be available at and distributed on all major podcast platforms.

Podcast Schedule
All the participating violinists are Richmond 2021 competitors unless otherwise noted.

Wed, May 13       Maya Anjali Buchanan, South Dakota 
Fri, May 15          Matthew Hakkarainen, Florida
Wed, May 20       Keila Wakao, Massachusetts
Fri, May 22          Tianyu Liu, Taiwan
Wed, May 27       Kerson Leong, Canada (winner of the Oslo 2010 Junior 1st Prize)
Fri, May 29          Shannon Ma, California
Mon, Jun 1          Raphael Nussbaumer, Switzerland, and Guido Sant'Anna, Brazil
Wed, Jun 3          Kayleigh Kim, Virginia
Fri, Jun 5             Hiroki Kasai, United Kingdom

VPM’s A Menuhin Showcase
In addition to the Making Menuhin podcast, VPM is presenting A Menuhin Showcase on VPM PBS, Facebook and YouTube on May 14, 2020 at 9:00 pm EDT – the same night that would have been the Opening Gala Concert of the Richmond 2020 Competition. It will feature performances from the 2018 Competition Junior Finals in Geneva, Switzerland from Christian Li and Chloe Chua (Junior 1st prize co-winners) - the same extraordinary violinists who will be in Richmond in 2021. The program will also include a performance from Kerson Leong (Junior 1st prizewinner in Oslo 2010) with the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra recorded in May 2019. The showcase will be available online after the broadcast.

About the Menuhin Competition Trust
The Menuhin Competition is the world’s leading international competition for young violinists, held every two years in a different city (most recently in Geneva in 2018, London in 2016, Austin, Texas in 2014, Beijing in 2012 and Oslo in 2010). Founded by Yehudi Menuhin in 1983, the Competition attracts hundreds of entries from countries across the globe, choosing only 44 of the world’s very best young violinists to participate. The Competition discovers, encourages and nurtures exceptionally talented young musicians from all corners of the globe under the age of 22 to develop into the next generation of great artists.

As one of Yehudi Menuhin’s most valuable legacies, the Competition continues to uphold his status as a cultural ambassador and true world citizen by creating an exceptional family atmosphere of learning and exchange. Collaborative in its spirit, the focus is placed on participation and learning rather than winning the 1st Prize.

Creating a stimulating environment in which talented young violinists may learn and grow has always been and will remain at the heart of the Menuhin Competition. This is not limited to the Competition period and the Menuhin Competition Trust strives to provide prizewinners with a variety of performance opportunities to develop their musical careers.

About Richmond Symphony
Celebrating its 62nd Season in 2019-20, the Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia. The organization includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 150-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus and more than 260 students in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra programs. Each season, more than 200,000 members of the community enjoy live concerts and radio broadcasts. The Symphony also provides educational outreach programs to over 55,000 students and teachers each year. The Symphony was named one of 21 American orchestras first selected as a leader in orchestra innovation by the League of American Orchestras through its Futures Fund Initiative. The Richmond Symphony is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit for more information.

About our Co-Hosts
City of RichmondRichmond SymphonyUniversity of RichmondVirginia Commonwealth UniversityVPM

Thank you to our funders and partners, who have pledged their continuing support to Menuhin Richmond 2021.

Institutional Donors
Bob and Anna Lou Schaberg Foundation
Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia
Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU 
Christophe Landon Rare Violins Inc.
Community Foundation for a greater Richmond
Covington Travel
Davenport & Company LLC
Dominion Energy
E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
Florian Leonhard Fine Violins
The Henri Moerel Foundation
Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concerts
McGuireWoods LLP
National Endowment for the Arts
Nicolae Bretan Music Foundation
The R.E.B. Foundation
Richard S. Reynolds Foundation
Richmond Area Rotary Clubs
Richmond Association of REALTORS
Robins Foundation
VCU School of Business
Virginia H. Spratley Charitable Fund
Virginia Tourism Corporation
Virginia Union University
Weinstein Properties
Williams Mullen
The Woman's Club 

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