Senior Semi-Finalists Named in 2021 Menuhin Violin Competition

April 30, 2021, 12:16 PM · Congratulations to the nine Senior Semi-Finalists announced Tuesday in the Menuhin Violin Competition, which held its virtual First Round for 22 Junior Competitors (ages 15 and under) Monday and Tuesday and for 22 Senior Competitors (ages 21 and under) on Wednesday and Thursday. The Semi-Finalists are:

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The Junior Semi-Finals will be streamed on May 15 on the Menuhin Competition Youtube Channel. Senior First Rounds will take place Wednesday and Thursday.

Watch their first-round performances here:

Senior First Rounds - Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021 - Day 1

Claire Wells, 20, USA (00:19)
Paganini - Caprice No.15
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in A minor BWV 1003, Andante and Allegro
Joan Tower - String Force

Karisa Chiu, 21, USA (17:31)
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in A minor BWV 1003, Andante and Allegro
Augusta Read Thomas - Incantation
Paganini - Caprice No. 24

Vikram Francesco Sedona, 20, Italy (33:53)
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in G minor BWV 1001, Siciliana and Presto
Paganini - Caprice No. 11
René Koering - Ricercar de l'aube

Joseph Hsia, 20, USA (48:48)
J.S.Bach - Solo Sonata in A minor BWV 1003, Andante and Allegro
Elliott Carter - 4 Lauds, No. 3: Rhapsodic Musings
Paganini - Caprice No. 17

Emily Shehi, 22, USA (1:03:30)
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in C Major BWV 1005, Largo and Allegro assai
Paganini - Caprice No. 11
Elliott Carter - 4 Lauds, No. 4: Remembering Roger

Zachary Brandon, 22, USA (1:18:31)
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in A minor BWV 1003, Andante and Allegro
Christopher Theofanidis - Discipline and Transcendence
Paganini - Caprice No. 5

Bohdan Luts, 16, Ukraine (1:31:37)
Paganini - Caprice No. 10
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in G minor BWV 1001, Siciliana and Presto
Skoryk - Capriccio for Violin Solo

María Dueñas, 18, Spain (1:43:57)
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in C Major BWV 1005, Largo and Allegro assai
Paganini - Caprice No. 5
Aleksey Igudesman - Applemania

Maya Anjali Buchanan, 21, USA (1:56:35)
Paganini - Caprice No. 5
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in C Major BWV 1005, Largo and Allegro assai
Reena Esmail - Darshan (Partita for Solo Violin), Charukeshi

Tianyu Liu, 22, China (2:09:59)
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in A minor BWV 1003, Andante and Allegro
Paganini - Caprice No. 17
Chen Yao - Air

Maria Cherkassova, 21, Russia (2:24:11)
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in C Major BWV 1005, Largo and Allegro assai
Paganini - Caprice No. 5
Efrem Podgaits - Partita for Solo Violin, Capriccio

Senior First Rounds - Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021 - Day 2

Hannah Song, 21, USA (00:19)
Paganini - Caprice No. 11
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in G minor BWV 1001, Siciliana and Presto
John Harbison - Songs of Solitude, 2nd movement

Dayoon You, 19, Korea (14:09)
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in G minor BWV 1001, Siciliana and Presto
Paganini - Caprice No. 17
Youngjo Lee - Honzanori

Serin Park, 17, Korea / USA (28:58)
Paganini - Caprice No. 5
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in C Major BWV 1005, Largo and Allegro assai
Joan Tower - String Force

Eric Chen, 20, Taiwan / USA (44:29)
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in C Major BWV 1005, Largo and Allegro assai
Paganini - Caprice No. 9
Jessie Montgomery - Rhapsody No. 1

Simon Zhu, 20, Germany (1:01:20)
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in C Major BWV 1005, Largo and Allegro assai
Paganini - Caprice No. 24
John Corigliano - Stomp for Scordatura Violin

Molin Han, 20, China (1:18:04)
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in C Major BWV 1005, Largo and Allegro assai
Zhao Xi - The Soundscape That I Saw and You Heard, What I Saw
Paganini - Caprice No. 11

Hiroki Kasai, 21, Japan / UK (1:36:51)
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in C Major BWV 1005, Largo and Allegro assai
Paganini - Caprice No. 21
Sir George Benjamin CBE - Three Miniatures for Solo Violin, A Canon for Sally Cavender

Emma Meinrenken, 21, Canada (1:48:51)
Paganini - Caprice No. 17
Sydney Hodkinson - Twig
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in C Major BWV 1005, Largo and Allegro assai

Hana Chang, 18, Singapore / Japan / USA (2:02:36)
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in C Major BWV 1005, Largo and Allegro assai
Paganini - Caprice No. 2
Kevin Puts - Arches, Aria and Caprice

Matthew Hakkarainen, 20, USA (2:16:33)
Elliott Carter - 4 Lauds, No. 3: Rhapsodic Musings
J.S. Bach - Solo Sonata in G minor BWV 1001, Siciliana and Presto
Paganini - Caprice No. 11

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