The world's leading competition for young violinists
Ji Eun Anna Lee at Menuhin Violin Competition

Helping exceptionally talented musicians to develop into artists of the highest calibre

Henning Kraggerud, masterclass

A ten-day festival of competition rounds, concerts, events and masterclasses

Soo-Been Lee at Menuhin Violin Competition
"I sat back and could only gasp with amazement..." Michael White, The Daily Telegraph

Celebrating the Menuhin Centenary in London in 2016

Call for Entries will be launched on 22 April

On the day of Yehudi Menuhin's 99th birthday we will launch our call for entries to the Menuhin Competition London 2016.

Application information & repertoire will be available from this website and by email newsletter. If friends or students of yours are interested in entering, make sure they have signed up to receive competition application information with this newsletter.

The Competition is open to violinists of any nationality born after 17 April 1994.


About the Menuhin Competition

Founded by Yehudi Menuhin in 1983, the Menuhin Competition attracts some of the world's best violinists under the age of 22. We are helping exceptionally talented young musicians from around the world to develop into artists of the highest calibre.

The 2014 Competition took place in Austin, Texas from 21 February to 2 March; find out about this year's winners and review their performances on our YouTube Channel.

The Menuhin Competition 2016 will return to London for the first time since 2004 and will be held from 7 - 17 April 2016. Applicacation information will be available in April 2015. Find out more...

First Prize Winners of the Menuhin Competition Austin 2014 were

Stephen and Rennosuke celebrate Texan style

17 year old American Young Concert Artist Prize winner and Menuhin Competition 2010 Junior 2nd Prize Winner Stephen Waarts was awarded 1st Prize in the Senior Division. He also received the Bach Prize and the Composer's Prize for Donald Grantham’s new work Black-eyed Suzy.

14 year old Japanese Rennosuke Fukuda, who also won 1st Prize at the Kloster Schönthal Competition in 2013, has been awarded the 1st Prize in this year's Junior Division.

Both Prize winners received standing ovations when performing at the Closing Gala Concert with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Find out about all Prize Winners of the Menuhin Competition Austin 2014


Review previous competitions on YouTube

If you have missed the Menuhin Competition in previous years, you can review performances of all competitors and prize winners on our YouTube Channel.


An exceptional atmosphere of learning and exchange

Taking part in the Menuhin Competition is often the first experience of an international competition for our young contestants. Making this experience enjoyable and memorable is our mission. In memory of Yehudi Menuhin’s spirit every candidate is invited to stay throughout the entire competition, to make the most of the multitude of activities and performances made available to them and to forge friendships with fellow musicians.


Putting outstanding talent into the limelight

The Menuhin Competition has an impressive track record of counting some of the world's most gifted violinists among its participants and prize winners. Since 1983, many have gone on to major international careers, for example: Tasmin Little, Isabelle van Keulen, Nikolaj Znaider, Ilya Gringolts, Julia Fischer, Daishin Kashimoto, Feng Ning and more recently Ray Chen, Chad Hoopes, Callum Smart and Kerson Leong. More...




Menuhin Alumni at Queen Elisabeth Competition

A third of this year's QEIMC contestants are Menuhin alumni including two-times prize winner Stephen Waarts.


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Menuhin Centenary in London 2016

Yehudi Menuhin

7 - 17 April 2016
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