The world's leading competition for young violinists
Kevin Zhu at Menuhin Violin Competition

Open to violinists under 22 years of age from all over the world

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

"Even though wining is an unbelievable result, I was just glad I could be a part of it." Kenneth Renshaw, Senior 1st Prize winner 2012

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

Next Competition 7 - 17 April 2016

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. Find out more about our winners, jury and history.


One of very few international violin competitions for musicians under 22

The Menuhin Competition is one of the few international violin competitions for young musicians under the age of 22. It is open to participants of all nationalities and is comprised of two age groups: Juniors (under the age of 16) and Seniors (16 to 21 years of age).

For nearly 30 years it has consistently attracted some of the greatest young talents from all over the world.

Going beyond the boundaries of traditional music competitions, the Menuhin Competition is a feast for music and violin fans from all over the world. More festival than mere competition, each competition is a ten-day festival of concerts, masterclasses, talks and outreach activities with world-class performers.

The competition is traditionally invited by a host city or a host organisation and has been held in London/England, Cardiff/Wales, Oslo/Norway and Beijing/China (in 2012) most recently in Austin/Texas in 2014. It returns to the UK in 2016 to celebrate the Centenary of Yehudi Menuhin in London.

Interested host cities or potential partner organisations are invited to contact us.


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Want to take part?

Application information for the Menuhin Competition London 2016 will be published in April 2015.

The repertoire requirements change every competition.

To get an idea about the level of playing required, see the 2014 repertoire and have a look at our YouTube Channel.