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Highest ever number of young violinists apply to participate in Menuhin Competition 2018

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Geneva 12-22 April 2018

The Menuhin Competition has today announced a record-breaking year for the number of  young musicians applying to participate in the next edition of the Competition in Geneva in April 2018. The total number of violinists applying for the 44 Competition places in both Junior and Senior categories has risen to 317, a 6% increase in the number of applications for London 2016. The youngest is just 7 years old.

With 51 nationalities represented, submissions have come from 38 countries across five continents, with applicants from Luxembourg, Mexico and Peru for the first time. 38% of all applications come from European countries, 35% from North America and 23% from Asia.

Americans lead the numbers in terms of nationality, with US applications represented by 32% of Juniors and 23% of Seniors. Chinese and Japanese are equal among the Senior applications (13% each), with the numbers of Japanese applicants (13%) just ahead of Chinese (11%) among the Juniors.

Nearly twice as many girls have applied than boys in both the Junior and Senior categories (68% of Juniors identify as female and 61% of Seniors), a trend that has been increasing in recent decades and which is, this year, more marked in the Juniors than ever, albeit less marked in the Seniors than was the case for the Menuhin Competition London 2016 where 66% of the Senior applicants identified as female. Remarkably, more than half of the applicants state that neither of their parents play a musical instrument.

Gordon Back, Artistic Director of the Menuhin Competition, and the pre-selection jury, including Austrian-born British violinist and teacher and Chairman Emeritus of the Menuhin Competition jury Erich Gruenberg, Vice Principal at Barratt Due Institute Oslo Alf Richard Kraggerud, and Danish violinist and teacher Michael Malmgreen will now work through the applications to select the 44 Finalists who will go through to the Competition in April. These will be announced in January.

Gordon Back, Artistic Director of the Menuhin Competition, comments:

“It is wonderful to have received such a volume of applications with a staggering 51 nationalities represented. The standard of playing continues to be yet higher for each edition of the Competition and the Menuhin Competition Geneva 2018 is set to be the best yet! The pre-selection jury will now have a challenging task to choose the 44 participants.”

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