RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — An event considered the world’s leading international competition for young violinists announced the junior and senior finalist in the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021.
Nine young finalists are moving forward to the semi-finals which are being held virtually this year.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the competition known as the “Olympics of the Violin” was postponed last year until May 13-23 of 2021.
The competition was founded in 1983 by violinist Yehudi Menuhin, one of the greatest musical talents of the 20th century, and is usually held every two years.
The competitors represent countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and 13 U.S. states.
Miriam Fogel, the project director of Menuhin Richmond 2021, said she is shocked by how many people have already tuned into the virtual competition.
“We didn’t know what to expect but people have been watching from all over the world,” Fogel said. “From Indonesia, Korea, Australia, and Argentina — it has been amazing to see. We have over half a million views just before the first two rounds. That’s before even the finals started.”
- The Junior Final Round — Friday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. (streamed)
- The Senior Final Round — Saturday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. (streamed)
The winner of the first prize of the competition will receive a grand total of $20,000.