The Menuhin Competition is run by the Yehudi Menuhin Young Violinists International Competition Trust, a UK-based charity that deals with the ongoing day-to-day management of the competition and related activities and events.
The Menuhin Competition takes place every two years, and is organised as a collaboration between the Trust and a host organisation in the city or country in which the competition takes place.
Since its inception in 1983 it has taken place in Folkestone, England; Boulogne-sur-Mer, France; London, England; Cardiff, Wales; and Oslo, Norway. In 2012 it was for the first time held outside of Europe, in Beijing, China and in 2014 it will be be hosted by the Butler School of Music in Austin, Texas in the USA.
In the live music capital of the world, the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin is training some of the most talented performers, scholars, pedagogues and composers. In 2008, Sarah and Ernest Butler announced their generous gift of $55 million to then UT School of Music; it was the largest gift given to any public university music school in the United States. Just two years after this gift, the Butler School of Music was ranked among the Top 30 music schools in America by U.S. College Rankings.
The Butler School of Music is dedicated to increasing the accessibility to music performances and opportunities as well as broadening the understanding of the value and relevance music has in the cultural enrichment of the ever-changing landscape of the world in which we live.
2014 marks the Butler School of Music’s centennial. “Hosting the Menuhin Competition’s first North American appearance is testament to the Butler School of Music’s rising prominence, not only in this country but around the world,” says BSOM Director Glenn Richter. “The Butler School and the Menuhin Competition share a common goal of cultural exchange in education.”