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.