On Saturday, the 2018 Menuhin Competition announced the top winners in its Senior Division, for violinists ages 16-21, following the announcement of its Junior Division winners (under age 16) on Friday.
First prize in the Senior Division went to Diana Adamyan, 18 of Armenia; and in the Junior Division First Prize was awarded jointly to two violinists: Chloe Chua, 11, of Singapore, and Christian Li, 10, of Australia. All three will perform at the Closing Gala Concert Sunday with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Julian Rachlin at Victoria Hall in Geneva, where the competition has been in progress since April 12. (Find the livestream for the concert on the Menuhin Competition webpage.)
Here are the placements for both divisions:
Here is a detailed list of prizes awarded.
The biennial Menuhin Competition was started in 1983 by violinist Yehudi Menuhin. On Saturday the competition announced its host city for 2020, which will be Richmond, Va., in the United States.
This year's competition drew more than 300 applicants worldwide, with 44 violinists representing 17 nationalities chosen to participate in the live competition. This year's jury includes Pamela Frank (chair), Joji Hattori (vice chair), Itamar Golan, Ilya Gringolts, Henning Kraggerud, Lu Siqing, Maxim Vengerov, Soyoung Yoon and Josef Spacek.
BELOW: Senior Division First Prize winner Diana Adamyan plays the Bruch Concerto in the Finals:
BELOW: Junior Division First Prize winner Christian Li performs his full semi-finals program: Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 12, No. 1, 1st movement; Piazzolla Histoire du Tango, Café 1930; H. Wieniawski Polonaise de Concert in D major, Op. 4.
BELOW: Junior Division First Prize winner Chloe Chua performs her full semi-finals program: Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30, No. 3, 1st movement; A. Piazzolla Histoire du Tango, Café 1930; Hubay Carmen Fantasie Brillante.
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