The Menuhin Competition 2020 Is Postponed For a Year Due to Covid-19

March 25, 2020, 4:30 PM · The Menuhin Competition 2020 just became the Menuhin Competition 2021.

On Wednesday, the Menuhin Competition Trust and the Richmond Symphony announced that the Menuhin Competition, scheduled for May 14-24 in Richmond, Va., has been postponed one year to May 13-23, 2021.

2018 winner
American violinist Maya Buchanan, one of the participants who will have to wait a year to compete in the Menuhin Competition Richmond.

"All of us involved in the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 regret the need to postpone the event, but recognize the imperative to avoid any large gatherings until the COVID-19 danger has lifted," said David Fisk, Executive Director of the Richmond Symphony. "In the meantime, we hope everyone stays safe and healthy; music can be a source of uplift for all of us during this difficult and uncertain time. We look forward with great anticipation to hosting the Menuhin Competition in 2021, eagerly welcoming ‘the Olympics of the Violin’ to Richmond next May instead. The city is ready, our partners are ready, and during the coming year, we'll work to make next year's Competition even bigger and better than before."

The 44 competitors selected for the 2020 Competition in Richmond will all be invited to participate in the rescheduled competition in 2021. The same repertoire will be used, and competitors will participate in the same division for which they qualified in 2020, even if they have aged out in the intervening year.

Updated information about the 2021 competitors, jurors and guest artists will be released later this spring. Planners said that "early indications suggest that all the artists-in-residence will be able to participate in May 2021, including the Sphinx Virtuosi, Mark and Maggie O’Connor, Regina Carter, and Intermission; as well as conductors Jahja Ling and Andrew Litton."

A podcast called "Making Menuhin," which introduces the competitors in the upcoming competition, will be released by VPM on May 13, 2020, one year ahead of the rescheduled festival.

The Menuhin Competition is held every two years in a different location, with 44 young violinists - 22 Juniors (ages 15 and under) and 22 Seniors (ages 21 and under). Beyond the competition rounds, the event also includes concerts by jurors, past winners and artists-in-residence; workshops and masterclasses; panel discussions; and local community outreach activities.

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