‘Olympics of the Violin’ announces competitors

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An event considered the world’s leading international competition for young violinists will feature a Virginia competitor when it comes to Richmond this spring.

The Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 on Wednesday announced the 44 competitors who had been selected from a pool of 321 applicants for the May event.

The Menuhin Competition, which is held every two years in a different location, is known as “Olympics of the Violin.”

The competitors represent 16 countries of residence across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and 13 U.S. states, according to a press release from event organizers. Kayleigh Kim, a 15-year-old from northern Virginia, will compete in the junior level of the competition, for ages 15 and under. The senior-level features musicians 21 and under.

The event was founded in 1983 by violinist Yehudi Menuhin, one of the great musical talents of the 20th century.

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