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Contents Welcome Letters
Menuhin 12 Calendar of Events
Menuhin Competition Trust
Team 19 Competition Program
Jury 23 Competition Rules
Junior Schedule of Rounds and Repertoire
Junior Program Notes
The 22 Junior Participants
Junior Prizes and Concerts
Senior Schedule of Rounds and Repertoire
Senior Program Notes
The 21 Senior Participants
Senior Prizes and Concerts
Commissions 58 Program Pages Celebration Concert
Regina Carter Quartet
Mark & Maggie O’Connor
Masterclasses 65 Sphinx Virtuosi
Engagement 74 Previous Prizewinners
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“As a musically-focused and apolitical organization we promote and share [Yehudi Menuhin’s] values of peace, positivity and inclusion, celebrating excellence and communication through music’s universal language.” – Joji Hattori and Etienne d’Arenberg
Welcome Welcome to the 19th edition of the Menuhin Competition, founded in 1983 as a biennial event. After recent Competitions in London (UK) and Geneva (Switzerland) we are delighted and honored to be hosted in Richmond, Virginia. We are most grateful to the consortium of the City of Richmond, Richmond Symphony, University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University and VPM, Virginia’s home for public media, along with the sponsors and volunteers without whom the event could not take place.
Joji Hattori President - Menuhin Competition Trust
We are particularly grateful for the support and stamina of the participants, the sponsors, the jury members and the consortium of hosts in these dire times of Covid. Their efforts to find solutions to unexpected problems were never more welcome and this digital edition will be unique and inspiring. We hope that the effort of all involved in bringing music to our hearts is a beacon of light in grim times to people in need. As a charity dedicated to organizing the 10-day festival, the Menuhin Competition Trust aims to share its appreciation of classical music and the violin across the globe. The Menuhin Competition is the “Olympics of the Violin” for some and for others it is an educational meeting place for violinists and lovers of violin music of all ages and nationalities. We foster the humanitarian values of our founder, Yehudi Menuhin, an American violinist born in New York (1916-1999) who started his career at the tender age of 11. As a musically-focused and apolitical organization we promote and share his values of peace, positivity and inclusion, celebrating excellence and communication through music’s universal language. We are only as good as the young musicians and guest artists who participate, and what a celebration of talent you will see during this 19th edition, when the city of Richmond shows its musical firepower! We are delighted to introduce the 43 participants, representing 18 different nationalities, chosen from over 320 hugely talented applicants. Our Richmond 2021 jury is a truly international cross-section of some of the leading musicians of our time. They have excelled in the task of judging a mostly virtual competition, where every effort has been made to provide an equal opportunity to each virtual participant.
H.S.H. Prince Etienne d’Arenberg, Chairman - Menuhin Competition Trust
We are proud to be in Richmond, Virginia and are grateful to you the audiences and people of Richmond and of Virginia, for your hospitality and musicality! Vive Richmond! Vive Virginia! Vive the United States of America! And long live the music!
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Welcome Welcome, as we embark on our first ever virtual Menuhin Competition! Creativity and innovation are always at the heart of the Competition and this year is no exception. Together with our wonderful Richmond hosts we aim to produce the best showcase for 43 of the most talented violinists representing 18 different nationalities. They are all the real stars of our event. Education and young people were always close to Menuhin’s heart. In 1963 he founded the Yehudi Menuhin School in England and later the Live Music Now organization which is still flourishing throughout Europe. We are proud to continue Menuhin’s ethos here in Richmond by including an extensive school and community engagement program for our competitors to connect virtually with the young people of Virginia.
Gordon Back Artistic Director - The Menuhin Competition Trust Team
To expand our competitors’ experience and repertoire, we have commissioned world premieres from Mark O’Connor for the Senior Semi-Finals and Richmond’s own Mason Bates for the Junior Finals. To encourage creativity, Senior competitors are required to compose their own cadenzas for the performance of their chosen Mozart Concerto. Masterclasses have always been a highlight of our competition. This year our world class jury will be giving masterclasses and connecting with the participants online and, as an additional feature, each jury member will offer a written critique to every competitor.
“Our young, gifted violinists will be ambassadors of good will…it is in these younger people that we invest our future.” – Yehudi Menuhin
We are excited to present several online panel discussions featuring diversity, education and musical excellence. Speakers will include jury member Aaron Dworkin, Dr. Ronald Crutcher (President of University of Richmond) and others. From Australia we welcome the super-star comedy duo TwoSet Violin to attend the Competition in unusual ways. Even though our fantastic violinists can’t experience in person the warmth of the welcome they would receive in Richmond, as Menuhin said, “…these young people are the hope for the future and the power of music brings everyone together.”
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Valentina Peleggi Music Director Lacey Huszcza Executive Director
The Richmond Symphony is honored to bring our experience in digital innovation to help support the first world-wide virtual Menuhin Competition. We are thrilled to welcome viewers from around the world to see the incredible cultural center that is our home in Richmond, Virginia. Over the past three years, so much work has gone into the preparation for the Competition and surrounding events. Richmond has an extraordinary team working together with the Menuhin Competition Trust to realize everything that these 10 days of activities hold. We are extremely grateful to the Trust and the co-host organizations for coming together in the spirit of collaboration to highlight and celebrate these incredibly talented competitors and to share all that our city has to offer with virtual programming, educational initiatives, discussions, masterclasses and more. None of this would have been possible without the generosity of the many people, corporations and foundations who have supported the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021. On behalf of the Board, staff and musicians of the Richmond Symphony, we invite you to explore the concerts and artists during this week and a half of online programming, all of which is completely free. We hope you will join us to watch the exciting young musicians in each round of the Competition, and we look forward to inviting the winner(s) of this year’s Competition back to Richmond to join the Symphony in person and to perform for our community. If you haven’t had the chance to visit our beautiful city, we encourage you to learn more at VisitRichmondVA.com. We hope to see you in the concert hall, at the museum or by the riverfront. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy the Competition rounds, the festival programs and all that Richmond 2021 has to offer. Lacey Huszcza Valentina Peleggi Music Director Executive Director
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Yehudi Menuhin Back in the USA
Setting the right note for a Richmond Renaissance The 2021 edition of the Menuhin Competition pays homage to its namesake’s legacy of embracing musical diversity.
Driven by insatiable curiosity, Yehudi Menuhin radiated a cosmopolitan attitude and spent his life “creating Utopias,” as he put it, through his art—wherever it led him. He found ways to connect with people around the world during a career of constant travel as a violinist and later conductor, as well as in his work as a mentor encouraging new generations of artists.
says Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher, President of the University of Richmond, who was studying in Bonn in the 1970s when he met Menuhin after a recital by the violinist and his sister Hephzibah (his frequent partner at the keyboard). “He strove to make people appreciate their environment and had an aura about him.”
Amid this unceasing activity, and even though he lived in Europe for most of his life, Menuhin maintained close bonds with the United States, where he was born in 1916 to Jewish immigrant parents from the Russian Empire who had met in Palestine. The family, in which young Yehudi was, incidentally, not the only prodigy, moved from New York City to San Francisco the year after his birth. His professional debut took place with the San Francisco Symphony at age seven and led, in short course, to a childhood touring the USA and Europe.
In February 1987, just four years after Menuhin had established the Competition, he paid a memorable visit to Richmond that characteristically involved an intersection of widely varied cultural backgrounds. Menuhin, then almost 71, introduced the Warsaw-based Sinfonia Varsovia, which he had co-founded in 1984 and was leading on its inaugural American tour. Roy A. West, then Mayor of Richmond, thanked Menuhin for contributing to the city’s “dynamic rebirth,” while Virginia Commonwealth University conferred an honorary doctorate on the artist in recognition of his “remarkable contributions as an artist, an educator and a humanitarian.”
“What impressed me most was his embrace of all humanity and his desire to make the world a better place to live,”
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In its review of their concert at VCU’s Performing Arts Center, where Menuhin appeared as conductor and soloist, the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote that it “set an exalted standard for both chamber orchestra playing and Mozart interpretation.” Were Menuhin still alive to experience this edition of the Competition, he would doubtless be delighted by the creative participation of so many different participants who are vital to Richmond’s cultural identity—especially those who have been marginalized through much of the history of classical music. Although the Competition will be almost entirely virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the connection to Richmond is still present in every aspect of the Competition, from the music selections to the jury members themselves (including Valentina Peleggi, the Music Director of the Richmond Symphony). Looking back over the Competition’s legacy near the end of his life, Menuhin observed that it was designed as much more than a competition. He intended it also “to encourage cultural exchange and the development of new friendships … There are many activities throughout the eleven days that give participants the opportunity to meet and learn from one another.” Even in this virtual edition, these opportunities still abound. “I strive to hold to Menuhin’s philosophy of making this a positive experience, one that isn’t just competitive, with many opportunities for learning,” says the Competition’s Artistic Director Gordon Back. In keeping with Menuhin’s embrace of musical diversity, the repertoire for this edition pushes boundaries. A concert from the Sphinx Virtuosi, an American chamber orchestra comprising prominent musicians of color, will feature diverse composers who are often left out of the traditional orchestral halls. Programs by Regina Carter and her quartet and Mark
& Maggie O’Connor will survey vernacular styles of American violin playing, and new commissions by Mark O’Connor and Mason Bates, who grew up in Richmond, will further accentuate regional musical culture. “There is an emphasis on the role of the violin as it has been shaped in this region,” explains James Wiznerowicz, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at VCU’s School of the Arts. According to Mason Mills, Senior Producer at VPM, Virginia’s home for public media, who is directing the international streaming and broadcasts of the Competition, “the participants from around the world bring their own stories with them.” Sharing these stories, he believes, will reinforce a sense of Richmond’s international relevance to the arts at a moment when the city is rapidly evolving and embracing new cultural ideas. Another innovation in the 2021 Competition includes a focus on contemporary American composers in the repertoire for both Junior and Senior sections, in order to reflect the location of this year’s Competition, Gordon Back explains. But it is also an exciting fact that 40% of the record 321 applications for this year came from America, (with a total of 37 different nationalities represented). He also made a point to choose a jury whose average age is younger than in most other competitions. “I spent a lot of time selecting the jury to find the right chemistry to achieve the highest artistic level.” Gordon Back finds the choice of Richmond as the Competition’s host city particularly exciting because it enhances the values Menuhin wanted to emphasize—above all, the benefits of cultural exchange outside the confines of competing. “We’re excited to bring the Competition virtually to Richmond. Even if we can’t gather in person this year, we are thrilled to be able to engage an even wider international and local audience online, and introduce them to the competitors, guest artists and the city of Richmond itself.”
Calendar Monday 4/26
Junior First Rounds - Day 1
Junior First Rounds - Day 2
Senior First Rounds - Day 1
Senior First Rounds - Day 2
Menuhin Competition Celebration Concert In-Person Only (Not Streamed)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Menuhin Competition Celebration Concert In-Person Only (Not Streamed)
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Tuesday 4/27 Wednesday 4/28 Thursday 4/29 Friday 5/14 Saturday 5/15
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Calendar Monday 5/17
Regina Carter Quartet Concert
Geneva Junior 1st Prizewinners’ Concert
Mark & Maggie O’Connor Concert
Sphinx Virtuosi Showcase
The Danger of a Single Story (panel discussion)
Menuhin Competition Gala Presentation
Tuesday 5/18 Wednesday 5/19 Thursday 5/20
Saturday 5/22 Sunday 5/23
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“The ultimate aim in life should be to fulfill to the utmost all that within our ability and to share that which is good and beautiful.” –Yehudi Menuhin
The Menuhin Competition Trust is a UK registered charity which exists to help fulfill Yehudi Menuhin’s humanitarian ideals and vision by enabling young violinists from all over the world to meet and learn from each other in an atmosphere of musical, educational and cultural exchange. As the world’s leading international competition for young violinists, the 10-day Menuhin Competition takes place in a different host city every two years (most recently in Geneva in 2018, London in 2016, Austin, Texas in 2014, Beijing in 2012 and Oslo in 2010). Nicknamed “The Olympics of the Violin,” the Competition attracts hundreds of entries from countries across the globe, choosing only 44 of the world’s very best young violinists to participate. With the Competition itself at its heart, each edition of the Menuhin Competition presents a week-and-a-half long festival encompassing concerts, masterclasses and engagement activities in the local community. Founded in 1983 by Yehudi Menuhin, the Competition aims to champion the finest young violinists in the world and to discover, nurture, challenge and inspire the next generation of great artists. The Richmond 2021 Competition is the first ever virtual Menuhin Competition. Our competitors and guest artists will participate remotely in a unique online event, forging friendships with fellow musicians from around the world and having the opportunity to perform, to learn from each other and from the jury, and to become mentors themselves, working with our partners to deliver engagement opportunities in the local community.
Creating a stimulating environment in which talented young violinists under the age of 22 may develop and grow has always been and will remain at the heart of the Menuhin Competition. Every participant of the Competition extends Menuhin’s own legacy, as musicians, peacemakers and ambassadors of the future. The Trust’s ambition is to sustain this incomparable tradition by nurturing new generations of violinists who are selected for the Menuhin Competition. In doing so, our hope is that we continue the extraordinary journey Yehudi Menuhin began.
Menuhin Competition Trust President Joji Hattori Chairman H.S.H. Prince Etienne d’Arenberg Trustees James Chau Duncan Greenland CBE Jantiene T. Klein Roseboom van der Veer Aaron Menuhin Catriona Syed
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Team Menuhin Competition Trust Team, UK Artistic Director Gordon Back Project Director Jessica Brennan Project Manager Clare Taylor
Menuhin Competition Richmond Team, USA Project Director Miriam Fogel Marketing & Communications Manager
Richmond 2021 Co-Hosts: Richmond Symphony City of Richmond University of Richmond Virginia Commonwealth University VPM, Virginia’s home for public media
Richmond 2021 Steering Committee: Terry Austin, Virginia Commonwealth University, Interim Chair of the Department of Music Jack Berry, Richmond Region Tourism, President & CEO Anedra Bourne, Venture Richmond, Deputy Executive Director
Ashleigh Brock, University of Richmond, Assistant to the President
Special thanks to Becky Chilton, Aimee Halbruner and
Ashley Davis, Richmond Symphony Menuhin Competition Marketing & Communications Manager
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Ronald Crutcher, University of Richmond, President David Fisk, Richmond Symphony, Senior Advisor to the Menuhin Competition Miriam Fogel, Richmond Symphony, Menuhin Competition Project Director Greg Gallop, Community Foundation, Senior Program Officer, Community Vibrancy Sandy Goldie, Virginia Commonwealth University, Director of Music Education Laura Harrison, City of Richmond, Senior Assistant to the Mayor Shannon Hooker, University of Richmond, Assistant Director of the Modlin Center for the Arts Steve Humble, VPM, Chief Content Officer Lacey Huszcza, Richmond Symphony, Executive Director Mason Mills, VPM, Executive Producer Rick Sample, Richmond Symphony, Board Trustee Lincoln Saunders, City of Richmond, Chief of Staff to the Mayor James Wiznerowicz, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Gavin Wright, VPM, Project Manager
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Competition Program The first ever virtual Menuhin Competition will be held from May 14-23, 2021. The Competition begins with the Menuhin Competition Celebration Concert at Dominion Energy Center. Jahja Ling will be conducting the Richmond Symphony with juror Angelo Xiang Yu as violin soloist. The 43 young violinists participating in the Competition are divided into two age categories: Junior (under 16 years old) and Senior (15-21 years old). During this 10-day Competition and festival, these prodigies will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and develop as musicians. Several of the competitors have aged out of their respective categories in the intervening year between 2020 and 2021, but they will be competing in the categories they were accepted into in 2020, regardless of current age. The 1st rounds will be broadcast ahead of the Competition from April 26-29. The Junior Semi-Finals will be held on May 15 and the Senior Semi-Finals on May 16. The rounds, like all of the virtual events in this year’s Competition, are free to watch. They have all been viewed by a jury of internationallyrenowned musicians including Pamela Frank, Joji Hattori, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Aaron Dworkin, Alf Richard Kraggerud, Piers Lane, Valentina Peleggi, Soyoung Yoon and Angelo Xiang Yu.
The Junior and Senior Finals will be shown on May 21 and 22, respectively. The Junior finalists will each perform Bound Away, a new work commissioned for the Menuhin Competition by the Richmond Symphony, and the competitors’ choice of a Classical or Romantic concerto with piano. The Senior Finalists perform their choice of one movement of a Romantic violin concerto from the Competition repertoire and one movement of a Mozart concerto, both with piano accompaniment, in the final stage of their journey to be awarded one of the sought-after prizes. For competitors who are eliminated before the Finals, there are a number of engagement experiences provided for them, including masterclasses with the jury and opportunities to perform virtually for the Richmond community. Between all of the rounds, the Richmond and international community will also have the opportunity to experiences virtual and free performances from a variety of world-class guest artists, ranging across countries and genres, including jazz violinist Regina Carter, fiddlers Mark & Maggie O’Connor, the Sphinx Virtuosi chamber orchestra, and Geneva 2018 joint 1st prizewinners Chloe Chua and Christian Li.
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Jury PA M E L A F R A N K | C H A I R USA JOJI HATTORI | VICE CHAIR Japan / Austria NOAH BENDIX-BALGLEY USA / Germany
A ARON DWORKIN USA ALF RICHARD KRAGGERUD Norway PIERS LANE UK / Australia
VALENTINA PELEGGI Italy S OYO U N G YO O N South Korea / Spain ANGELO XIANG YU China
PAMELA FRANK | CHAIR
JOJI HATTORI | VICE-CHAIR
Pamela Frank has established an outstanding international reputation across an unusually varied range of performing activity. As a soloist she has performed with leading orchestras including the New York, Berlin and St. Petersburg Philharmonics, the Chicago and San Francisco Symphonies and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Pamela performed regularly with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, recording the complete Mozart Violin Concertos with them and David Zinman and has also recorded a Schubert album and the Beethoven sonata cycle, both with her father Claude Frank.
Joji Hattori was born in Tokyo but spent his extraordinary childhood in Vienna, immersed in the musical life of the 1970s and ‘80s there, learning from the greatest teachers in Vienna as well as regularly attending performances given by the likes of Carlos Kleiber, Leonard Bernstein, Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan, Vladimir Horowitz, Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein, Jessye Norman and Plácido Domingo.
Pamela is a sought-after chamber musician and has performed at many international festivals including Aldeburgh, Verbier, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Tanglewood, Marlboro and Ravinia. Aside from her devotion to works of the standard repertory, Pamela has performed and recorded a number of contemporary works. Her accomplishments were recognized in 1999 with the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize. Pamela is professor of violin at the Curtis Institute of Music and teaches and coaches annually at the Tanglewood, Ravinia and Verbier Festivals. Since 2008 she has been the Artistic Director of the Evnin Rising Stars, a mentoring program for young artists at Caramoor Center for the Arts, and from 2018–20 she was a visiting professor at USC Thornton School of Music. Her newest venture is the formation of Fit as a Fiddle Inc., a collaboration with physical therapist Howard Nelson in which they use both their expertise for injury prevention and treatment of musicians.
In 1989, he won the Menuhin Competition which started off his versatile international career as concert violinist, chamber musician and conductor of chamber and symphony orchestras as well as operas. In 2004, Joji Hattori was appointed Associate Guest Conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, of which he is now Principal Guest Conductor. He has also worked regularly as guest conductor of many major symphony orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2011, he has also been the Music Director of the open-air operetta festival at Schloss Kittsee in Austria. From 2003–09 he was Visiting Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music, of which he is an Honorary Member.
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A ARON DWORKIN
Noah Bendix-Balgley, First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, also regularly appears as a soloist with leading international orchestras and in recital at the world’s finest halls. Recent and upcoming highlights include his Berlin Philharmonic concerto debut, his work with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Israel Camerata, Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, the Brevard Music Festival and extensive recital tours throughout Asia and Europe.
Aaron P. Dworkin is currently a tenured full professor of arts leadership and entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, one of the top performing arts schools in the USA. He is the founder of the Sphinx Organization, a leading arts organization transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts, and is the recipient of many awards, including the Royal Philharmonic Society Honorary Membership and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award, and was named a 2005 MacArthur Fellow.
Born in North Carolina, Noah began playing the violin at age 4 and at age 9 he played for Lord Yehudi Menuhin. He graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Munich Hochschule. Now a gifted educator himself, Noah teaches at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic and gives masterclasses around the world. Noah is also a renowned performer of traditional klezmer music, a musical style which has been part of his life since an early age. Recently, Noah composed and premiered his own klezmer violin concerto, Fidl-Fantazye, with the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Manfred Honeck. A passionate chamber musician, Noah performs in several fixed ensembles including the multi-genre septet Philharmonix featuring members of both the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras. Noah performs on a Cremonese violin made in 1732 by Carlo Bergonzi.
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Aaron holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin performance from the University of Michigan and, in 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the renowned Curtis Institute of Music. He has served as a juror for numerous international competitions, including the London Music Masters Competition, Stulberg International Violin Competition and the Sphinx Competition. He is married to Afa Sadykhly Dworkin, a prominent international arts leader who serves as President and Artistic Director of the Sphinx Organization and has two sons, Noah Still and Amani Jaise. He is also a best-selling author including The Entrepreneurial Artist: Lessons from Highly Successful Creatives.
ALF RICHARD KRAGGERUD
Alf Richard Kraggerud is one of the most successful and respected musicians and violin teachers from Scandinavia, teaching at Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo, Norway. His students have won numerous international prizes over the past 20 years. Several of his protégées enjoy extensive careers, performing with major orchestras and participating in prestigious festivals.
London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane AO stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. Recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras, and a series of sold-out solo recitals at Wigmore Hall.
Many of Alf Richard’s achievements are undoubtedly founded on an unusually eclectic education and a wealth of experience from an early age, having taught his first pupils at 13. In 1992, after he completed his studies in pedagogy with the highest honors ever given in his native country, he continued to study conducting and violin in London. Alf Richard is the founder, artistic director and developer of the Valdres Sommersymfoni in Norway, founded in 1994. Today, a summer course in solo, chamber and orchestral playing, this festival is one of the largest and most successful of its kind. Utilizing his experience as a sought-after lecturer and instructor at prestigious venues in the US and Europe, Alf Richard expertly combines play and ambition; the novice with the world-famous; and exchange and interaction, ultimately producing a course of exceptional standard and global renown.
Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Piers’ concerto repertoire exceeds 100 works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras and leading conductors. He continues his longstanding partnerships with violinist Tasmin Little, the Goldner String Quartet and actress Dame Patricia Routledge. Frequent partners include cellist Zuill Bailey and clarinetist Michael Collins. Currently Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition, Piers was also the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music from 2007 until 2017. He has written and presented over 100 programs for BBC Radio 3, holds Honorary Doctorates from Griffith University and James Cook University, and in 1994 was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, where he was a professor from 1989 to 2007.
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Valentina Peleggi is Music Director of the Richmond Symphony. Described by the BBC Music Magazine as a “rising star,” Valentina has led orchestras from around the world, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In 2021, Naxos released her first CD, Villa-Lobos choral arrangements with the São Paulo Symphony Chorus, in a new edition guest edited by Valentina.
Prizewinner of major competitions including the Senior 1st Prize of the Menuhin Competition 2002, to which she returned as a juror in 2018, violinist Soyoung Yoon has earned the respect of her peers as a violinist and chamber musician of the highest caliber.
Originally from Florence, Valentina was the first Italian woman to enter the conducting program at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and from 2015 to 2017 held a Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship under Marin Alsop. Currently Guest Music Director with the Theatro São Pedro in São Paulo, Brazil, Valentina was Mackerras Fellow with the English National Opera from 2018 to 2020 and previously served as Resident Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of their professional symphonic chorus.
Soyoung is increasingly in demand on the international stage, having performed as soloist with a number of leading orchestras to date, including the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Russian National Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Geneva Chamber Orchestra and Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Recent and forthcoming highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall and the Berlin Konzerthaus, as well as a tour of Germany with the Prague Philharmonia. Soyoung has collaborated frequently with the Korean Chamber Orchestra, touring through Asia, Europe and North America in the process. Together with Veit Hertenstein and Benjamin Gregor-Smith, she founded the ORION String Trio in 2012. Based in Barcelona and Seoul, Soyoung studied at the National University of the Arts in South Korea, with Zakhar Bron at -the Cologne University of Music and Dance, and at the Zurich University of the Arts. She plays the J.B. Guadagnini violin (ex-Bückeburg) made in Turin in 1773.
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ANGELO XIANG YU Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu, recipient of both a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2019 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, as well as Senior 1st Prize in the 2010 Menuhin Competition, has won consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his astonishing technique and exceptional musical maturity. Angelo recently appeared with a number of major orchestras in North America, including the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Toronto, Vancouver, Houston, Colorado, North Carolina, San Antonio, and Charlotte Symphonies. Internationally, he has appeared with the New Zealand Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Norwegian Radio, and Munich Chamber Orchestras, and the Oslo Philharmonic. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed in world-renowned venues such as the Konzerthaus Berlin, Louvre Museum in Paris, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Victoria Theater in Singapore, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, Oslo Opera House, Auckland Town Hall, Alice Tully Hall in New York, and Boston Symphony Hall. Angelo is also a frequent guest at major summer music festivals including the Ravinia, Verbier, Grant Park, Bergen, Menlo, Sarasota, and Aspen Festivals. Angelo currently resides in Boston. He performs on the 1715 “Joachim” Stradivarius violin, generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
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Competition Rules Competition Rules
The Competition is open to violinists of any nationality under the age of 22. Junior competitors must be under 16 years of age and Senior competitors under 22 years of age. Violinists 15 years of age may also enter the Senior Section.*
The system of marking in competitions varies considerably from one competition to another. After great thought and taking the past experience of the Menuhin Competition and other international music competitions into consideration, the following was decided upon:
*Following the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Richmond 2020 Competition was postponed until May 2021. The eligibility criteria have remained the same with age restrictions based on the original cut-off date of May 24, 2020. All violinists invited to the Richmond 2020 Competition are still eligible to compete in Richmond 2021 in the same section for which they originally qualified. • Once a candidate has won 1st Prize, he or she will not be eligible to enter the same section again. • The jury is composed of a Chair and distinguished international musicians. All decisions of the jury are final. The jury reserves the right to withhold any prize should the required standard not be achieved. • Experienced piano accompanists are available to all candidates for any in-person Competition rounds, with one rehearsal for each stage. Competitors may bring their own piano accompanists to in-person rounds at their own expense but must perform with the official chamber musicians in the compulsory chamber music pieces. Where Competition rounds take place virtually, competitors should provide their own experienced accompanist. All accompanists provided by competitors must agree for their performances to be recorded, filmed, broadcast or livestreamed as per below. • All music must be played from memory and without repeats unless otherwise indicated. The timings of each participant’s performance slot per round are indicated within the repertoire and must be adhered to. • Performances for virtual rounds must be recorded in one continuous take, with no video or sound editing. • Performances for virtual rounds will be proctored by independent individuals who are not involved in the teaching or academic performance of competitors. • The Competition reserves the right to photograph, record, film, web-stream or broadcast any part of the Competition events. Competitors, laureates and accompanists must grant the Competition the sole and exclusive right to use of these photographs and recordings worldwide and in perpetuity.
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• The Competition’s Junior section consists of three rounds. Out of 22 candidates in the first round, ten will proceed to the semi-finals, of which five will proceed to the finals. All five finalists will receive a Prize. • The Competition’s Senior section consists of three rounds. Out of 22 candidates in the first round, nine will proceed to the semi-finals, of which four will proceed to the finals. All four finalists will receive a Prize. • In the first rounds and the semi-finals the decision whether a candidate goes forward into the next round will be based on a simple majority vote. The jury will be asked to vote YES or NO without any consultation between jury members. In the event of a tie there will be a re-vote. • The finals will be voted in order of preference with a point system: 1-5 for the Junior section and 1-4 for the Senior section. Thus the lowest point count will represent the winner. All decisions of the jury are final.
Juniors • Under 16 Years of Age (15 year olds may enter the Senior Section)
Schedule of Rounds Junior First Round — 1st Part Monday, April 26, 10:00 am
Junior First Round — 2nd Part Tuesday, April 27, 10:0 am
The eligibility criteria have remained the same with age restrictions based on the original cut-off date of May 24, 2020. All violinists invited to the Richmond 2020 Competition are still eligible to compete in Richmond 2021 in the same section for which they originally qualified.
Junior Semi-Finals Saturday, May 15, 10:00am & 2:00pm
Finals Friday, May 21, 7:30pm
Repertoire First Round
1.One of the following (without repeats): Telemann Fantasia for Solo Violin, No. 8 in E Major, TWV 40:21 Telemann Fantasia for Solo Violin, No. 9 in B minor, TWV 40:22 Telemann Fantasia for Solo Violin, No. 10 in D Major, TWV 40:23
5.One of the following (1st movement AND 2nd movement, without repeats): Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 ^ Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12 ^ Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23 ^ Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 ^
2.One of the following: Rode Caprice No. 1 in C Major from 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 22 Rode Caprice No. 4 in E minor from 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 22 Rode Caprice No. 6 in B minor from 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 22 Rode Caprice No. 9 in E Major from 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 22 3.One of the following (without repeats): Mozart Violin Sonata in G Major, K. 301 ^ Mozart Violin Sonata in E minor, K. 304 ^ Schubert Sonatina No. 1 in D Major, Op. 137, D. 384 ^ 4.One piece composed or arranged by F. Kreisler with piano accompaniment (max. duration 4 minutes) Sponsored by Markel
6.Own choice of a work for solo violin written in the last 30 years, either by a US composer or a composer from the candidate’s own country (max. duration 4 mins) 7.One virtuoso work of the candidate’s own choice with or without piano (max. duration 10 minutes)
Finals Information on the Junior Finals can be found on page 70. 8.Mason Bates Bound Away (c. 6 minutes) ^ 9.One Classical or Romantic concerto with cadenza of the candidate’s own choice with piano accompaniment (1st movement only, max. duration 13 minutes) * 10.One solo or accompanied piece of the candidate’s own choice (max. duration 6 minutes) – you may select a piece of repertoire from a previous round if you wish Commission sponsored by the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation * Competitors are participating in the same section for which they qualified in 2020, even if they have aged out in the intervening year. ^ indicates work may be played with sheet music + indicates that a copy of the sheet music will need to be provided for the jury * indicates that pianists should shorten tutti sections
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Junior Program Notes Program Notes The first round begins with pieces for solo violin that serve to demonstrate not just technical skill but the qualities that go into shaping meaningful musical expression. While the unaccompanied violin sonatas and partitas of J.S. Bach are better known, in 1735 Bach’s friend and contemporary G.P. Telemann published a dozen solo fantasias brimming with imagination both playful and serious. Following these Baroque gems, we jump ahead to the French composer Pierre Rode. His concept of the violin influenced Beethoven, who even tailored his last sonata for the instrument to Rode’s style. The caprices started appearing in 1815—one for each key, thus 24 in the complete set, several following a slow-fast design. They allow the musicians to highlight fundamental qualities, from the flowing legato essential for genuine lyricism to expressive bowing. From this point on in the first round, the young violinists must additionally show their skills in collaborative teamwork. The Mozart sonatas date from a collection of five he wrote during a life-changing tour across Europe in 1778 (aged 22, just past the age cutoff for the Menuhin Competition). Each is cast in two movements. The one in E minor (K. 304), composed around the time of the sudden death of his mother in Paris, is the only example of Mozart’s instrumental compositions in that key. Schubert, another great prodigy, composed his touchingly intimate first violin sonata in 1816. The Austrianborn virtuoso Fritz Kreisler, who became an American citizen, enormously influenced 20th-century violin playing styles and was especially revered by Menuhin during his early development.
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With the first two movements from one of Beethoven’s violin sonatas, the semi-final round begins by showing each competitor’s finesse in negotiating a genuinely equal partnership between violin and piano. The option to perform a work for solo violin written in the last 30 years by a US composer or a composer of the competitor’s own country pays homage to the American host of this year’s edition of the Competition, while also emphasizing its international qualities. The musicians then fill out their musical selfportraits with their own choices of a no-holds-barred display piece.
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Hankyoung Chang began playing the violin at four years old. At eight years old, she was admitted to the Pre-College division of the Julliard School, where she studies with Professor Hyo Kang. Her awards include the 2018 Arkady Fomin Scholarship, and the 2019 Sejong Soloists Young Artist Merit Scholarship. In 2018, she became the youngest recipient of the Stradivari Society of Chicago. She was a student in Hic et Nunc 2019! Music Festival and participated in masterclasses with Vadim Repin and Clara-Jumi Kang. Hankyoung has also participated in masterclasses with Vadim Gluzman and Kyoko Takezawa. Besides playing the violin, Hankyoung loves reading and drawing.
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Corina Deng began playing the violin at the age of three and currently studies with Jaime Laredo and Jan Sloman at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She previously studied with Nicholas Wright in the Vancouver Academy of Music. Corina won 1st place in the Canadian National Music Competition in 2014 and 2017. She made her orchestral debut at the age of eight and gave her first recital when she was ten. She also enjoys playing duos with her sister and chamber music under the tutelage of the members of the Cleveland Orchestra. Corina is currently a 7th grade student in Shaker Heights Middle School.
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Y I X UA N J I A N G
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Kento Hong began his violin studies when he was six with Aimee Kreston and her teachers, Almita and Roland Vamos. He is a recipient of the David Weiss Scholarship from the Young Musicians Foundation. He made his orchestral debut when he was eight years old in Los Angeles. Since then, he has performed at a number of prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall. At the age of 10, Kento entered Juilliard Pre-College, where he studies with Dr. Anne Setzer. Kento is a 8th grader who loves to read books in his free time.
Yixuan Jiang studies with Professor Chenxing Huang at the Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Top prizes she has received include the 2020 National Junior Violin Concerto Competition, 2019 Brussels Grand Prize Virtuoso Music Competition and 2019 Jeunesses International Music Competition Dinu Lipatti. Since giving her solo debut in 2017, she has performed in major venues including Shanghai Oriental Art Center, He Luting Concert Hall, Qingdao Grand Theatre and Bucharest Odeon Theater. She was awarded the Fu Chengxian Music Scholarship, Shanghai Municipal Scholarship and Golden Child Award in 2020.
Born in 2005, Mei Kaneko started playing the violin with Ms. Hitomi Isayama when she was four years old. Mei is currently a student at The Music School for Children by Toho School of Music in Tokyo, Japan, where she has been studying with Ms. Mami Teshigawara since 2016. Mei has participated in competitions and won numerous prizes, including performance opportunities in Japan. Mei participated in the Leonidas Kavakos International Violin and Chamber Music Masterclass 2018/2019 in Athens, Greece and has since been receiving Kavakos’ private instruction. Mei also received instruction from Pavel Vernikov and Eiichi Chijiiwa.
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DAW I D K A S PR Z A K
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Dawid Kasprzak is a 15-year-old violinist from Poland, who started playing the violin at the age of three. He was a student at the Music School in Łódź until this year, when he became a scholar at Wells Cathedral School. He currently studies with Dr. Catherine Lord. In recent years, Dawid has won a number of prestigious violin competitions, including the International Mirosław Ławrynowicz Violin Competition in Płock, 2019 and the Jeunesses International Violin Competition Dinu Lipatti, in Bucharest, 2019. He has worked with world-class artists including Agata Szymczewska, Yamei Yu and Ariane Mathäus.
Fiona studies with Professor Li Lin and Kenneth Renshaw at the Juilliard Pre-College division, and has performed with the Mitteleuropa Orchestra in Italy and the Musica Mundi Orchestra in Belgium. She has received prizes including 1st Prize at the Grumiaux International Violin Competition, 1st Prize at the Osaka International Competition and 3rd Prize and best virtuoso interpretation at the Louis Spohr Competition. Recently Fiona and her sister were invited to perform at Buckingham Palace with Maxim Vengerov and Marios Papadopoulos.
Kayleigh Kim began studying with Catherine Cho and Francesca dePasquale in the Juilliard PreCollege program in the Fall of 2019. Prior to enrollment, she studied with Ko Sugiyama. She is also a National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellow. Kayleigh joined the Heifetz International Music Institute on their Holiday Homecoming Tour in December of 2019. As a part of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras from 2015 to 2019, she served as concertmaster. Kayleigh has played in masterclasses with renowned violinists such as Hilary Hahn, Shirley Givens, Mark Kaplan, and Aaron Rosand.
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S O O EO N K I M
NA HYUN KYUN
Born in 2008, Seohyun Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea and began playing the violin at the age of five. A multi prize winner at numerous national competitions, Seohyun has performed as a soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles at the age of eight. She is currently studying with Sunny Lee in Seoul Central Conservatory and received mentoring from artists including Pavel Vernikov, Ulf Wallin, Min Kim, Clara Jumi Kang, Qian Zhou, Clara Cernat and Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici. Her recent highlights include a performance at the Lotte Concert Hall as a rising star of Gonjiam Music Festival and her first recital as a Kumho Prodigy Artist in December 2020.
Born in 2007, Sooeon Kim started playing the violin at the age of four. Since 2016, she has studied with Sunny Lee at the Seoul Central Conservatory and has won first prizes at numerous Korean competitions. At the age of nine, she made her performance debut at the Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall with renowned violinist Daniel Hope and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. The following year, she performed with the Korean Chamber Orchestra. At 11, she gave her first recital in the Kumho Prodigy Concert. Sooeon has participated in masterclasses given by distinguished musicians including Pinchas Zukerman, Pavel Vernikov and Clara Jumi Kang.
Na Hyun Kyun is a young violinist studying at Yewon Arts School and the Korea National University of Arts in Seoul. She began studying the violin at seven years old and one year later enrolled at Peabody Preparatory, before later going on to study at the Peabody Performance Academy. She has won a number of prizes at competitions, including the Asian-American Music Society International String Competition, the Feder Memorial String Competition, the Ewha Kyunghyang Concours and the Peabody Preparatory String Ensemble Competition. She made her solo recital debut in 2019 after being chosen as a Kumho Young Prodigy.
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Shannon Ma started playing violin when she was three years old and is a Pre-College student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Mrs. Zhao Wei. Shannon is a multiple-time first prize winner of the Pacific Musical Society Competition and the US International Music Competition, and she was concertmaster of the 2019 California Junior High All-State Honors Orchestra. She has performed solos with the Palo Alto Philharmonic and performed in masterclasses with Ning Feng, Chen Xi, Sergiu Schwartz, and Danny Koo. When not playing violin, Shannon loves to dance, write and create movies.
Boha Moon was born in South Korea in 2006. Since 2017, she has studied at the Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts with Professor Nam-Yun Kim, having previously studied at the MSM Pre-College division with Professor Anat Malkin Almani. She has won 1st Prize at many competitions including Sungjung 2014, MusicChunchu 2015, Crescendo International Competition 2016, Ewha Kyunghyang Concours 2018, Singapore Violin Festival 2019 and Ishikawa Music Award 2019; and 2nd Prize at the Leonid Kogan Competition 2020. She has performed in masterclasses with musicians including Philip Draganov, Klaidi Sahatci, Ani Schnarch, Martin Beaver and Koichiro Harada.
Natsuho Murata began her violin studies when she was three years old. She has won prizes including 1st prize in the International Nutcracker Television Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow and 1st prize in Il Piccolo Violino Magico International Competition in San Vito al Tagliamento. Her performances include the AADGT 25th Anniversary Concert at Carnegie Hall, the opening ceremony of the Sion Music Festival, Concours Musical International de Montréal’s ‘Mini Violini’ Showcase and the opening ceremony of the ‘Moscow Meets Friends’ International Festival. She plays a Ferdinando Gagliano violin on special loan from Nippon Violin Co. Ltd.
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S EO H Y EO N PA R K
Born in 2006, Raphael Nussbaumer began playing the violin at four years old. At the age of six, he began to study with Philip A. Draganov and since has won prestigious prizes at competitions including Schweizerischer Jugendmusikwettbewerb (SJMW), the Zurich Music Competition, the Andrea Postacchini Competition and the Louis Spohr Competition. He has performed a number of notable concerts in prestigious venues, including solo performances with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Biel Symphony Orchestra and the Franz Schmidt Chamber Orchestra. In 2020, he performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Youth Sinfonie Orchester Zurich.
Born in 2005, Seohyeon Park started playing the violin at seven years old. Aged 11, he gave his debut at the Seoul Arts Center Recital Hall. He currently studies with Sunny Lee at the Seoul Central Conservatory. He has won 1st Prize at many competitions. In 2020, he won 1st Prize at the Korean Chamber Orchestra National Music Competition and Grand Prize at the Strad National Music Competition. Seohyeon was selected as a scholarship student for culture and the arts by the Hyundai Motor Chung Mong-gu Scholarship Foundation in 2019. In 2020, he was selected for the Kumho Prodigy recital series in 2020, and will give a recital at the Kumho Art Hall in July 2021.
Emrik Revermann made his solo orchestral debut at the age of nine. He is currently a student of Conrad Chow at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and studies privately with Timothy Ying. In 2018, Emrik was named “Absolute Laureate” at the Kocian International Violin Competition in the Czech Republic. In 2019, he won the top prize at the Vienna International Music Competition. He has participated in several masterclasses at the Mozarteum University’s Summer Academy and at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. His passion outside the violin is soccer. He plays on a violin on generous loan from Canimex Inc, Drummondville (Quebec), Canada.
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Born in Brazil, Guido began his violin studies at the age of five with the help of his family, before studying with Marcia Uhlemann. He gave his orchestral solo debut aged seven, with the conductor Júlio Medaglia, and has since given solo recitals as well as orchestral and chamber music performances. He has been a participant of the Perlman Music Program since 2018, studying with numerous distinguished musicians. Since winning a prize at the Menuhin Competition Geneva 2018, Guido has enjoyed a number of opportunities. He studies with Elisa Fukuda and plays on an 1833 Iorio violin, kindly loaned by the Caris Foundation.
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Admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music aged 12, Hannah Wan Ching Tam currently studies with Ida Kavafian. She previously studied with Michael Ma, Maria Jee and Chan Kwok Wai at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. Hannah has performed as a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Virtuosi Italiani and Mantua Chamber orchestras amongst others. A top prize winners in various competitions, she received the Audience Prize at the “Mini Violini” showcase of the Concours Musical International de Montréal 2019. Hannah plays on the G.B. Guadagnini Torino 1778 ex Blavet, kindly supported by Alfredo Primavera.
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Keila was born in Boston, MA and began playing the violin at the age of three. The late Mr. Joseph Silverstein accepted Keila as a student when she was six years old. She currently studies with Donald Weilerstein and Soovin Kim from the New England Conservatory of Music. Keila gave her first solo performance with an orchestra at nine years old. Since then, she has performed solos and recitals throughout Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Japan and Germany. In 2017, Keila was invited to speak and perform at TEDx BeaconStreet. During the summers of 2018 and 2019, she was the youngest participant in the Perlman Music Program.
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J I N A N L AU R E N T I A WO O
Edward Walton has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras internationally and given recitals throughout Europe. In 2019 Edward won the 1st Prize in the Il Piccolo Violino Magico Competition in Italy (and audience prize), the US Medallion International Concerto Competition, the London Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition and the Jeunes Artistes Musicals du Centre in France. Edward studies with Dr Robin Wilson, Head of Violin at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. He plays a violin generously on loan from Beare’s International Violin Society and gratefully acknowledges the support of GEWA cases and the Sydney String Centre.
Jinan Laurentia Woo is a 7th grader at Harvard-Westlake School and Honors Merit Scholarship fellow at the Colburn School, where she studies with Robert Lipsett and Fabiola Kim. She was admitted to the junior division of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts at four years old, where she studied with Michael Ma and Maria Jee. Jinan made her solo concert debut at ten years old at a performance sponsored by the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation. Jinan has taken part in various music festivals and won 1st Prize at the Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians in 2019.
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Junior Prizes and Concerts Prizes
1st Prize: USD $10,000 plus a 2-year loan of a fine old Italian Violin Sponsored by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins London & New York
Prizewinners will be offered concert opportunities and courses including:
plus a 2-year loan of a fine old violin from Christophe Landon Rare Violins, Inc Sponsored by an anonymous Richmond donor 3rd Prize: USD $5,000 Sponsored by the Henri Moerel Foundation 4th Prize: USD $4,000 Sponsored by Virginia Union University 5th Prize: USD $3,000 Sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia Composer Award: USD $1,000 Sponsored by the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation Audience Prize: USD $1,000 Presented by CultureWorks
• The 2022 Morningside Music Bridge Young Artist Award (a scholarship to attend Morningside Music Bridge, an educational program of the Calgary Philharmonic Society in partnership with the Morningside Music Bridge Foundation) will be given to a participant aged 18 years or younger.
2nd Prize: USD $7,500
• Four prizewinners will be offered participation in the Kronberg Violin Masterclasses in June 2021.
• A prizewinner will perform a recital at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival 2022. • A prizewinner will perform a concerto with The Doctors’ Orchestra at London’s Cadogan Hall in February 2022 in aid of the UK Charity Freedom from Torture. • One prizewinner will be offered a full-scholarship to participate in Valdres Festival, Norway, in June/July 2022. • A prizewinner will perform at the Gower Festival in July 2022.
• A prizewinner will perform at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Rockport MA, in Summer 2022.
4 prizewinners will be selected to receive a GEWA violin case, awarded by GEWA music GmbH
• One Junior and one Senior competitor will be offered a full-scholarship to participate in Astona International, the renowned Summer Music Academy in Switzerland for talented string players and pianists aged 12 to 24, from 10-23 July 2022.
The EMCY Prize for Exceptional Performance, awarded by the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY)
• Opportunity for prizewinners to perform at HIMA (Harpa International Music Academy) Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland; sponsored by the Lin Yao Ji Music Foundation of China. • Opportunity for prizewinners to perform at the Atlanta Festival Academy in Atlanta, GA, USA; sponsored by the Lin Yao Ji Music Foundation of China. • A prizewinner will perform a concerto with the Richmond Symphony during the 2022/23 season. Other opportunities will be added to this list and special prizes may be awarded at the jury’s discretion.
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Seniors • Under 16 to 21 Years of Age (15 year olds may enter the Senior Section)
Schedule of Rounds Senior First Round — 1st Part Wednesday April 28, 10:00am
Senior First Round — 2nd Part Thursday, April 29, 10:00am
The eligibility criteria have remained the same with age restrictions based on the original cut-off date of May 24, 2020. All violinists invited to the Richmond 2020 Competition are still eligible to compete in Richmond 2021 in the same section for which they originally qualified.
Senior Semi-Finals Sunday, May 16, 10:00am & 2:00pm
Senior Finals Saturday, May 22, 7:30pm
Repertoire First Round 1.One of the following (without repeats): J.S. Bach Solo Sonata in G minor BWV 1001, Siciliana and Presto J.S. Bach Solo Sonata in A minor BWV 1003, Andante and Allegro J.S. Bach Solo Sonata in C Major BWV 1005, Largo and Allegro Assai 2.Paganini One Caprice of the 24 Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1 (without repeats, max. duration 5 minutes) 3.Own choice of a work for solo violin written in the last 30 years, either by a US composer or a composer from the candidate’s own country (max. duration 5 mins) ^ + Sponsored by Markel
Semi-Finals 4.One of the following (1st movement only, with a new cadenza composed by the candidate)*: Mozart Violin Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Major, K. 207 Mozart Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K. 211 Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216 Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218 Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219 5.One of the following Sonatas for violin and piano (slow movement only): Franck Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV. 8, 3rd movement ^ Poulenc Violin Sonata FP. 119, 2nd movement ^ Ravel Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, 2nd movement ^
6.Mark O’Connor Menuhin Caprice 7.One virtuoso work of the candidate’s own choice with or without piano (max. duration 10 minutes) Commission sponsored by the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation
Finals Information on the Senior Finals can be found on page 71. 8.One concerto of the candidate’s own choice with piano accompaniment (1st movement only) *: E. Lalo Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra in D minor, Op. 21 F. Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 C. Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61 H. Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22 9.One of the following (2nd movement only) *: W.A. Mozart Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat Major, K. 207 W.A. Mozart Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K. 211 W.A. Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216 W.A. Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218 W.A. Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219 10.One solo or accompanied piece of the candidate’s own choice (max. duration 7 minutes) – you may select a piece of repertoire from a previous round if you wish * Competitors are participating in the same section for which they qualified in 2020, even if they have aged out in the intervening year. ^ indicates work may be played with sheet music + indicates that a copy of the sheet music will need to be provided for the jury * indicates that pianists should shorten tutti sections
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Senior Program Notes Program Notes Artistic Director of the Menuhin Competition Gordon Back explains that the repertoire choices for each phase have been selected with great care “so that it becomes easier for the jury to decide not just who plays with brilliant technique but who is a true artist.” J.S. Bach’s cycle of three sonatas (each with a corresponding partita) press on to the limits of the then-known universe of unaccompanied violin writing. The complete manuscript was made in 1720, during a period when he was able to focus on instrumental composition. Bach’s writing—and the skillful violinist—creates the sonic illusion of a solo player multiplying into several at once. Here, interpretation is akin to becoming a kind of acoustical architect to reveal Bach’s elaborate structures.
instrument is celebrated in the new work Menuhin Caprice by Mark O’Connor, who pays tribute to Virginia’s rich local heritage of violin and fiddle playing that blurs the boundaries between classical and folk traditions. (More information on page 59.) The demonstrations of virtuosity that close the semi-finals acquire a unique character in light of the spectrum of qualities each candidate has chosen to highlight.
Bach’s score remained unpublished until 1802, and it was around then that Paganini began producing his 24 Caprices, each possessing a distinctive character. The cycle encompassed new horizons of violin technique and expression that defy the limits of Classical tradition. Ending the first round is a work of new music for solo violin from the last three decades, with the option for a piece by composers from the US or from each musician’s country of origin. The semi-finals continue to showcase each candidate’s palette with a movement from one of Mozart’s five violin concertos (all composed by 1775). Along with the finetuned sensitivity needed to access Mozart’s style, each has written their own cadenza—a creative collaboration with the original composition that fuses insight, originality and technique. After the brightness of Mozart, each candidate chooses a slow movement from the masterful violin sonatas by Franck, Poulenc or Ravel, delving into the late 19th & 20th century soulfulness of these works. Still another facet of the
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Z AC H A RY B R A N D O N
M AYA A N JA LI B U C H A N A N
Zachary Brandon studies with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. He is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions including the International Stradivarius Violin Competition, the Cooper International Competition and the International Stulberg Competition. Zachary has collaborated with lauded musicians such as pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and acclaimed oboist Ramòn Ortega. He has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the New World Symphony, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and the Battle Creek Symphony.
Indian-American violinist Maya Anjali Buchanan is a top medalist of the Washington, Stulberg, Stradivarius and Johansen International Competitions. She has performed in Europe, China and the United States, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as the Winner of the 2017 CSO Young Artist Competition. Festival debuts include the Harpa International Music Festival, Peninsula Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival as the recipient of the 2019 Dorothy DeLay Fellowship Award. Maya currently studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Ida Kavafian. She plays on a violin generously loaned by the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
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Hana Chang began playing the violin at four years old and studies with Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music. She has won top prizes at numerous competitions including the Stradivarius, Prague Spring, Louis Spohr, and Beethoven Hradec International Violin Competitions and has recently performed as a soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony, Czech Virtuosi, Utah Symphony and Hunan Symphony. Hana has also performed in the Smetana Litomyšl, St. Wenceslas, and Young Prague International Music Festivals in the Czech Republic and the Deer Valley Music Festival in Park City, Utah. She plays on an Amati violin, kindly on loan from the Rin Collection in Singapore.
Eric Charles Chen, born in Princeton, New Jersey, began his violin studies at four years old. He currently studies with Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory and is also mentored by Stefan Jackiw. At nine years old, he had his first solo performance with the Livingston Orchestra and was accepted to Juilliard PreCollege where he began his studies with Naoko Tanaka and later studied with Cho-Liang Lin. Eric has received 1st Prize at the 2019 Cooper International Competition, the 2017 Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition and the First Sylvia Lee Young Violinist Competition in Taipei.
Maria began her violin studies at the age of six in Vladivostok, Russia. She has won prizes at numerous national and international competitions including 1st Prize at the All-Russian Competition of Arts: Young Talents of Russia in 2012, 1st Prize at the tenth International M. Erdenko Violin Competition in 2016 and 3rd Prize at the eighth DeMYUKS international violin competition in 2019. Maria currently studies at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Professor A. Trostiansky. Maria regularly performs solo concerts across Russia and Europe.
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K ARISA CHIU
Karisa Chiu has won top prizes from numerous competitions such as the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition, the Stulberg International String Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition and the Cooper International Competition. In addition to these awards, Karisa has performed on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago and appeared as a soloist with many orchestras including the Munich Radio Orchestra, Montgomery Symphony and Kishwaukee Symphony. Karisa is currently a student at the Curtis Institute of Music where she studies with Ida Kavafian.
Born in Spain, María Dueñas studies with Boris Kuschnir at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and MUK in Vienna. She has won top prizes at international competitions, including 1st Prize at the Zhuhai Mozart International Competition and the Vladimir Spivakov International Competition. Since making her debut at 15 at the Vienna Musikverein, she has performed at venues including the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. María Dueñas plays on the Niccolò Gagliano violin 17?4, kindly on loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and on the Guarneri del Gesù “Muntz” 1736, on generous loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
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M AT T H E W HAKK ARAINEN USA, 20
Twenty-year-old violinist Matthew Hakkarainen currently attends the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studies with Pamela Frank. Previous teachers include Charles Castleman, Mauricio Fuks, Borislava Iltcheva, Huifang Chen, and Maree Sawhney. He has won a number of prizes at international competitions, including the Lipizer International Violin Competition and the New World Symphony’s Concerto Competition. Previous concert experience includes performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony. As concertmaster of NYOUSA under Michael Tilson Thomas, Matthew led the orchestra on a tour across Asia.
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H I RO K I K A S A I
Born in Shandong, China, Molin began her violin studies when she was four years old. She currently studies at the Royal College of Music, London, having previously studied at Chetham’s School of Music with Professor Jan Repko. Molin made her debut solo concert in 2016 at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, and has performed at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Beijing National Grand Theater, the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre and the Suzhou Cultural and Art Center. From 2014 to 2015, Molin served as concertmaster for the China Youth Chamber Orchestra and was previously selected to perform in the inaugural NYO-China season.
Serving as the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra concertmaster, Joseph is a sophomore at Harvard University and studies with Donald Weilerstein. He has won numerous awards and honors since his first orchestra performance at age 8. In 2018, he performed solo with the Philadelphia Orchestra. As the Junior Peace and Music Ambassador, he also co-founded “Music Across Borders,” organizing and performing concerts for charities, including Nassau Refugee Resettlement, VIP in Malawi, UNICEFF, and LALDEF. Since, he has been featured by orchestras, including Capital Philharmonic, New York Chamber Players Orchestra, and the Eurasia Chamber Orchestra, among others.
Japanese-British violinist Hiroki Kasai started playing the violin aged five, and currently studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Rodney Friend. Hiroki is also a student at the Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland from 2021. He has performed across Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Elbphilharmonie, Barbican Centre and Suntory Hall. Recently he performed as soloist with the Schleswig Holstein Festival orchestra conducted by Ton Koopman, with the acclaimed concert broadcast worldwide by the NDR. He has received masterclasses from Aaron Rosand, Renaud Capuçon, James Ehnes, Nobuko Imai and Kolja Blacher.
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BO H DA N LU T S
Tianyu Liu is a scholarship student at the College of Charleston, where he studies with Professor Lee-Chin Siow. He has won prizes at numerous international competitions, including 1st Prize and the Best Paganini Prize at the Cremona International Competition for Strings in Italy in 2016, and the Grand Prize at the 2018 Ronald Sachs International Music Competition. In 2018, he was one of 16 quarter finalists of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand. Most recently, he won 1st Prize at the Young Artist String Competition of MTNA in April 2020. Tianyu made his American debut in 2018 performing Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy at the Lincoln Center.
Bohdan Luts was born in Lviv, Ukraine and began playing the violin at the age of six in the class of Yaroslava Kataryna. He previously studied with Mariya Futorska in Lviv and with Olga Korinets in Kiev. He currently studies at the International Menuhin Music Academy with Oleg Kaskiv. Bohdan has won numerous prizes at international competitions, including the International Grumiaux Competition, the Lvivskiy Virtuoz International Competition and the Il Piccolo Violino Magico International Competition. He has received masterclasses from renowned violinists including Pinchas Zukerman, Igor Pikaizen and Sergey Ostrovsky.
Emma Meinrenken is a Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Annual Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studies with Ida Kavafian. Emma has won many awards, including 1st place at the Stradivarius International Violin Competition and the Silver Medal at the Stulberg International Competition. She was the 2019 Prix Ravel winner at the Ecole d’Art Américaines de Fontainebleau. Emma debuted with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the age of ten and has since performed with many other orchestras. She recently made her debut at Carnegie Hall. Emma plays the 1689 Baumgartner Stradivarius violin, generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts.
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KO R E A / U S A , 17 Serin is a seventh year student at Juilliard Pre-College studying with Catherine Cho. Born in NYC, she began her violin studies at the age of five with Solim Shin. Solo appearances include performances with Allentown Symphony Orchestra with conductor Diane Wittry and Park Avenue Chamber Symphony with conductor D. Bernard and A. Wen. As winner of Juilliard PreCollege Concerto Competition, she performed as soloist with Pre-College String Ensemble. In addition to being selected to appear on NPR’s From the Top, she was recipient of the United States President’s Award for Academic Excellence.
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Vikram Francesco Sedona was born in Treviso and began his violin studies at six years old with Selina Cremese, continuing at the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in Venice with Professor Bruna Barutti. Since 2016, he has been studying with Silvia Marcovici at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. Vikram has won numerous international competitions, including the Andrea Postacchini (2017), George Enescu (2018) and Valsesia Musica (2019) competitions and recently received an Honorable Mention as a finalist of EOIVC 2020. He has played various festival concerts including Festival de Radio France Montpelli.
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Emily Shehi, a student of Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute of Music, made her debut as a guest soloist with the Liberty Symphony Orchestra at the age of eight and has since performed solos with orchestras such as the Kansas City Symphony. She won the Bronze medal at 2015 Irving M. Klein International String Competition and has collaborated and performed with such renowned musicians as Jonathan Biss, Ani Kavafian, Steve Tenenbom and Peter Wiley. Emily performs on a violin made by Mario Miralles, a loan made possible with the generous support of Augustin Hadelich and for winning Doublestop Foundation’s Instrument Loan Competition.
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C L A I R E W E LL S
DAYO O N YO U
Hannah Song started playing the violin at the age of six. She has won prizes in competitions such as the Mondavi Competition, Occidental College String Competition, Spotlight Music Awards and the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition. She has been featured on NPR’s From the Top and performed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall as a prize winner of the Spotlight Music Awards. As a soloist, Hannah has performed with the Bellflower Symphony, New West Symphony and the Seattle Symphony. Hannah has previously studied with Simon James and currently studies with Li Lin at the Juilliard School.
Claire Wells, a passionate violinist and pianist since the age of three, was born in California in a musical family. After graduating from the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2020 as a student of Professor Lutsia Ibragimova, she now studies with Professor Mihaela Martin at the Hochschüle für Musik und Tanz Köln. 1st Prize winner at the Lynn Harrell Competition, she has appeared as soloist with the Dallas Symphony, Nancy Lyric Symphony, Webern Kammerphilharmonie and Belgrade Philharmonic orchestras. Festival and masterclass appearances include Aspen Music Festival and Kronberg Academy Masterclasses. Claire plays on a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, on loan from a private donor.
Violinist Dayoon You started playing the violin at the age of six and gave his debut at Seoul Arts Centre playing Haydn’s Violin Concerto No. 2 at the age of eight. He has won numerous competitions in South Korea, having most recently won 1st Prize at the Sungjung Competition. Dayoon was accepted into the Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts at the age of 15. He gave his European debut when he was 14 years old with the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra and the following year performed at the Cesky Crumlov Festival with the Jihoceska Philharmoniker, conducted by Jan Talich. He currently studies at the Korea National University of the Arts with Bonjiu Koo.
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SIMON ZHU G E R M A N Y, 2 0
Simon Zhu started playing the violin at six years old. He currently studies with Tomasz Tomaszewski and Ning Feng. He has also participated in masterclasses with Ana Chumachenco, Ingolf Turban, Paul Roczek, Boris Kushnir and Igor Ozim. Simon has won 1st Prize awards at many international competitions such as the Schöntal Competition, Valsesia Musica Competition and the Zhuhai Mozart Competition. He is an academist at the Daniel Hope and the Water Stauffer academies, and a scholarship-holder of the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and the German Music Foundation. He plays on a violin kindly sponsored by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.
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Senior Prizes and Concerts Prizes
1st Prize: USD $20,000 plus a 2-year loan of a golden period Stradivarius violin from the private collection of Jonathan Moulds CBD through the Beare’s International Violin Society and a bow made by Christophe Landon Sponsored by the Richmond Area Rotary Clubs
Prizewinners will be offered concert opportunities and courses including:
2nd Prize: USD $15,000 plus a 2-year loan of a fine old violin from Christophe Landon Rare Violins, Inc Sponsored by an anonymous Richmond donor 3rd Prize: USD $10,000 Sponsored by the Henri Moerel Foundation 4th Prize: USD $5,000 Sponsored by the VCU School of Business Composer Award: USD $1,500 Sponsored by the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation Audience Prize: USD $1,500 Presented by CultureWorks Mozart Prize: USD $1,500 Sponsored by Peter Outen
Additional Prizes 4 prizewinners will be selected to receive a GEWA violin case, awarded by GEWA music GmbH The EMCY Prize for Exceptional Performance, awarded by the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY)
• Four prizewinners will be offered participation in the Kronberg Violin Masterclasses in June 2021. • The 2022 Morningside Music Bridge Young Artist Award (a scholarship to attend Morningside Music Bridge, an educational program of the Calgary Philharmonic Society in partnership with the Morningside Music Bridge Foundation) will be given to a participant aged 18 years or younger. • A prizewinner will perform a recital at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival 2022. • A prizewinner will perform a concerto with The Doctors’ Orchestra at London’s Cadogan Hall in February 2022 in aid of the UK Charity Freedom from Torture. • One prizewinner will be offered a full-scholarship to participate in Valdres Festival, Norway, in June/July 2022. • A prizewinner will perform at the Gower Festival in July 2022. • A prizewinner will perform at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Rockport MA, in Summer 2022. • One Junior and one Senior competitor will be offered a full-scholarship to participate in Astona International, the renowned Summer Music Academy in Switzerland for talented string players and pianists aged 12 to 24, from 10-23 July 2022. • Opportunity for prizewinners to perform at HIMA (Harpa International Music Academy) Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland; sponsored by the Lin Yao Ji Music Foundation of China. • Opportunity for prizewinners to perform at the Atlanta Festival Academy in Atlanta, GA, USA; sponsored by the Lin Yao Ji Music Foundation of China. • A prizewinner will perform a concerto with the Richmond Symphony during the 2022/23 season. Other opportunities will be added to this list and special prizes may be awarded at the jury’s discretion.
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C H LO E C H UA
For Grammy-nominated artist Regina Carter, the violin isn’t simply an improvisational vehicle; it’s a passport to unexpected realms. Her quest for beauty combined with her passion for excellence did not escape the attention of the MacArthur Foundation, which awarded Regina a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant.” San Francisco Performances appointed her Resident Artist for five years. She also served as one of the resident artistic directors for SFJAZZ during its inaugural season and was selected as the 2017 Showcase Artist for the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival. Regina is currently Artist in Residence at Oakland University School of Music, Theatre and Dance and is Artistic Director of the Geri Allen Jazz Camp, a unique summer immersion program at New Jersey Performing Arts Center for aspiring women jazz professionals. Most recently, the acclaimed violinist was one of the recipients of the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Awards, presented by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
14-year-old Chloe Chua studies at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts School of Young Talents (NAFA) under the tutelage of Yin Ke. In 2018, she was awarded the joint Junior 1st Prize at the Menuhin Competition. She has won the top prize at the 24th Andrea Postacchini Violin Competition and prizes from competitions including the 2017 Zhuhai International Mozart Competition, the Thailand International Strings Competition and the Singapore National Piano and Violin Competition. Her stunning maturity and musicality has captured the hearts of audiences around the world. Her performances have taken her to concert halls and festivals around the world, including the New Virtuosi Queenswood Mastercourse, Atlanta Festival Academy and the Singapore Violin Festival. She has performed with orchestras including the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, China Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Kammerorchester Basel and the China Philharmonic Orchestra. She performs on a Peter Guarneri, Mantua 1729 on generous loan from the Rin Collection.
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M A R K & M AG G I E O ’C O N N O R
F I D D L ER S
Christian Li is 13 years old and was born in Melbourne, Australia. At the age of 10 Christian won the joint Junior 1st prize at the Menuhin Competition Geneva 2018, becoming the youngest ever Prizewinner of the competition. He also received the Audience Prize and the Composer Award. Since then, he has gone on to make acclaimed debuts with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the China Philharmonic Orchestra and given recital debuts at festivals throughout the UK. Future performances include recitals and appearances with orchestras throughout Australia and Europe. In 2020 he became the youngest artist ever to sign with Decca Classics and joined the exclusive roster of IMG Artists. Christian performs on the 1737 ex-Paulsen Guarneri Del Gesù violin, on loan from a generous benefactor. He is studying under Dr. Robin Wilson, Head of Violin at Australian National Academy of Music.
Mark O’Connor has won three Grammys, seven CMA awards and several national fiddle, guitar and mandolin champion titles. He has composed nine concertos and two symphonies recorded by the Baltimore Symphony, London Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony among others. O’Connor is well-known for his chamber music including his millionselling composition Appalachia Waltz featuring Yo-Yo Ma. Mark O’Connor has authored a series of educational books called the O’Connor Method featuring American music styles, creativity, cultural diversity and western classical technical training. His current Grammy-winning Mark O’Connor Band and Duo performances feature his wife, violinist Maggie O’Connor. Together, they have appeared as guest soloists with orchestras and appeared in violin duo performances at the Yehudi Menuhin Centennial celebration at the Berlin Konzerthaus, Lockenhaus Festival, Musikfest in Austria and the Leopold Auer Violin Festival in Hungary. Maggie O’Connor is co-director of the O’Connor Method String Camp in Charlotte, NC.
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Richmond Symphony Founded in 1957, the Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia. The organization includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians, the 200-voice Richmond Symphony Chorus and more than 260 students in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra programs. Each season, more than 200,000 members of the community enjoy concerts, radio broadcasts, and educational outreach programs. For over 60 years, the Richmond Symphony has been a stalwart leader in the City’s positive growth and key contributor to increasing the quality of life for its citizens. In recent history, it has garnered wide attention not only for offering outstanding performances, but also for being a national leader in the areas of community engagement and accessibility. Programs like the “Big Tent” initiative and Rush Hour at Hardywood have become industry examples for connecting with audiences of diverse backgrounds by creating amazing musical experiences to bring communities together. The League of American Orchestras recognized the Symphony as a leader of innovation in the orchestral field by selecting the Symphony as one of their 21 national Futures Fund orchestras and awarding the Symphony the Catalyst
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Grant in 2020, to help implement effective practices in diversity, equity and inclusion. Since March 2020, the Richmond Symphony has undertaken significant steps to adapt to the reality of operating a concert and education based performing arts institution in the face of a global pandemic which has largely prevented people from gathering together. During this time the Symphony has continued to present live performances and retain all staff and musicians. It has been at the forefront of forging new ways to provide live concerts and music education programs in a socially-distanced world. Staff and musicians have worked collaboratively to quickly shift and reimagine: from developing an in-person concert experience to meet CDC safety standards, to live streaming around the world, to adapting the education programs into meaningful online experiences including the USA’s first digital community music school (Richmond Symphony School of Music). The Richmond Symphony is proud to be a lead creator of the world’s first virtual Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021 and thank all our partners, funders, competitors and community for keeping the music alive.
Richmond Symphony Musician Roster Valentina Peleggi, Music Director & Lewis T. Booker Music Director Chair Chia-Hsuan Lin, Associate Conductor & Jack & Mary Ann Frable Associate Conductor Chair Daniel Myssyk, Assistant Conductor Erin R. Freeman, Director of the Richmond Symphony Chorus and James Erb Choral Chair Trumpet Samuel Huss, Principal Brian Strawley, Associate Principal Mary Bowden
Violin Daisuke Yamomoto, Concertmaster, Tom & Elizabeth Allen Concertmaster Chair Adrian Pintea, Associate Concertmaster Ellen Cockerham Riccio, Principal Second Violin Meredith Riley, Associate Principal Second Violin, Bob & Nancy Hill Associate Principal Second Violin Chair Alana Carithers Catherine Cary Jill Foster Justin Gopal Alison Hall Margie Heath Jeannette Jang Timothy Judd Susanna Klein Stacy Matthews Anna Rogers Susan Spafford Jocelyn Adelman Vorenberg Ross Monroe Winter Susy Yim
Double Bass Andrew Sommer, Principal Rumano Solano, Associate Principal Kelly Ali Alec Hiller Peter Spaar
Viola Molly Sharp, Principal, The Mary Anne Rennolds Chair HyoJoo Uh, Associate Principal Zsuzsanna Emödi Stephen Schmidt Elizabeth Gopal Wayne Graham Derek Smith Jocelyn Smith
E-Flat Clarinet Edward Sundra, Principal
Piano & Celeste Russell Wilson, Principal, Quincy & Anne Owen Cole Chair
Bass Clarinet Sara Reese
+ acting * leave of absence
Bassoon Thomas Schneider, Principal Matthew Lano, Associate Principal+
With the exception of principal musicians, strings sections are listed alphabetically
As of September 14, 2020
Cello Neal Cary, Principal Jason McComb, Associate Principal, RSL Chair Ryan Lannan Schuyler Slack, Kenneth and Bettie Christopher Perry Foundation Chair Barbara Gaden Adrienne Gifford-Yang Peter Greydanus Ismar Gomes
Flute Mary Boodell, Principal Jennifer Debiec Lawson, Associate Principal Catherine Broyles Piccolo Catherine Broyles Oboe Shawn Welk, Principal+ Lauren Williams, Associate Principal+ English Horn Lauren Williams, Principal+ Clarinet David Lemelin, Principal Edward Sundra, Associate Principal
Trombone Evan Williams, Principal Scott Winger Bass Trombone Scott Cochran Tuba Vacant Timpani James Jacobson, Principal Percussion Clifton Hardison, Principal Robert Jenkins David Foster Harp Lynette Wardle, Principal
Horn Dominic Rotella, Principal Devin Gossett, II Horn, The Luzi & George Wheeler Second Horn Chair Erin Lano, Associate Principal Roger Novak
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Performing Artists Sphinx Virtuosi The Sphinx Virtuosi has defined itself as the most diverse professional chamber orchestra in the country. The dynamism in its approach to music making offers an experience of unmatched vibrancy for seasoned and new audiences alike. These artists tour annually as cultural ambassadors to communities far and wide. The Sphinx Virtuosi continues to garner critical acclaim during its annual national tours to leading venues around the country. Inspired by Sphinx’s overarching mission of transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts,
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the Sphinx Virtuosi works to advance the social impact of music upon our greater society. Dedicated to new music, the ensemble has pioneered the discovery of gems by composers of color, with the aim of expanding the canon and amplifying new and important voices. The Sphinx Virtuosi is passionate about empowering the next generation of artists and audiences, and as such, enjoy building interactive, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) programs and working with schools in underrepresented communities.
Jahja Ling, Conductor Known for his musical integrity, intensity and expressivity, Jahja Ling is universally recognized as a conductor who has rebuilt San Diego Symphony Orchestra into a major orchestra after serving as its music director for 13 seasons, culminating in their first and historical sold out performance at Carnegie Hall and its first international tour to China. Jahja Ling has a continuous long-standing 35-year relationship with The Cleveland Orchestra. Deeply committed to education, he served as founding Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Director of Tanglewood/BU Young Artists Orchestra.
Mr. Ling has conducted all major symphony orchestras in the US including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. He made his European debut conducting Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and subsequently conducted many prominent orchestras in 4 continents. Previous positions include Music Director of The Florida Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Taiwan Philharmonic/NSO.
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Commissions Mason Bates Bound Away
About the piece Commissioned by the Richmond Symphony for the Menuhin Competition 2021 The Richmond Symphony is a treasured part of my musical DNA, giving me the first orchestral experiences of my life, and it was an honor to be commissioned to write a short piece for the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021. I often associate the folk tune Shenandoah with Virginia (though several states lay claim to it!), and its superb melody offers the violinists some novel opportunities to bend notes in a soulful way. In homage to the plectrum sounds of Virginia string bands, I wrote extensive pizzicato sections as well. Folk music often inhabits the sounds and spaces between the notes, and it was with genuine inspiration that I wrote this work. Commission sponsored by
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Commissions Mark O’Connor Menuhin Caprice
About the piece Commissioned by the Richmond Symphony for the Menuhin Competition 2021 My American violin caprice composed for and commissioned by the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021 is created solely of new material, although the musical “approach” is based on American folk styles throughout the piece. Contained within its form, I reveal the three genres of a typical round of a Southern fiddle contest: Breakdown, Waltz and Rag. These are tucked into the piece and should be evident to the listener as they appear. Two of them (the breakdown and waltz) are based on my principal statement’s theme, while the ragtime episode provides some additional harmonic contrast and rhythmic variation. My contextual goal with this composition, as is the case with much of my music, is that I utilize traditional genres I have grown up with, while making the music progressive throughout its development. As a boy, I entered fiddle contests throughout the South and all around the country. Commission sponsored by
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Richmond Symphony Jahja Ling (conductor) Angelo Xiang Yu (violin) *
Mozart Overture to Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216 * I.Allegro II.Adagio III.Rondeau: Allegro Jessie Montgomery Starburst Mason Bates Bound Away (World Premiere) * Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 I.Poco sostenuto—Vivace II.Allegretto III.Presto—Assai meno presto IV.Allegro con brio
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Menuhin Competition Celebration Concert Friday May 14 | 7:00pm Saturday May 15 | 8:00pm
Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Biographies: Richmond Symphony, page 54 | Jahja Ling, page 57 | Angelo Xiang Yu, page 27 The opening Menuhin Competition Celebration Concert kicks off Richmond 2021 in spectacular fashion, featuring the Richmond Symphony with Angelo Xiang Yu, 2021 juror and winner of the Oslo 2010 Senior 1st Prize, and conducted by Jahja Ling. In addition to masterworks by Mozart and Beethoven, and a recent favorite by American Jessie Montgomery, this concert also features the world premiere of Mason Bates’ Bound Away, commissioned by the Richmond Symphony for the Menuhin Competition, and will also be performed later in the Competition by the Junior finalists.
Celebration Concert It started as a politically revolutionary play by a French writer about servants getting even with their overlords. In the version Mozart composed in 1786, The Marriage of Figaro became a comic opera of Shakespearean scope and humanity. With its bubbling, joyous excitement, the madly percolating Overture anticipates the plot’s bewildering twists and turns. The opera comes from Mozart’s Vienna years, when he was shaping the genre of the piano concerto as we know it. But when he was only 19 and still in his native Salzburg, he made a creative leap with the 1775 G Major Violin Concerto. Following the cheerful first movement, the beatific Adagio (an unusual tempo for this composer) brings to mind Yehudi Menuhin’s observation: “There is no affectation and hypocrisy in Mozart.” The rondo finale includes an innovative “Easter egg” episode that slows down to present a folk tune of the day.
The charming folk tune Mozart quotes in his concerto likely started as a dance but becomes something more in its new orchestral/soloist context. Beethoven transformed the dance impulse into the driving force for one of his most original symphonies. He completed it in 1812, and the premiere was given at a benefit concert for victims of one of the major battles against Napoleon. Throughout each movement of this work, Beethoven focuses on obsessively repetitive rhythms; these are combined with other primal elements, such as scales, simple chords, and folk-like drones. Yet with these Beethoven builds an architecture that is epic in proportions. A sense of exhilarating power predominates in the Seventh — as in the whiplashing fury of the finale, which convinced some of his contemporaries that Beethoven was losing his mind. Bound Away is made possible by the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation and program details can be found on page 58.
Like Mozart, Jessie Montgomery has drawn inventively on folk music and politically engaged impulses. Starburst, commissioned by the Sphinx Organization in 2012, takes its name from “the rapid formation of large numbers of new stars in a galaxy at a rate high enough to alter the structure of the galaxy significantly” — a phenomenon she compares to the Sphinx Virtuosi. The brief piece unfolds, according to Montgomery, as “a play on imagery of rapidly changing musical colors.”
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Regina Carter Quartet Regina Carter Quartet Monday May 17 7:30pm | Virtual
Regina Carter Quartet: Regina Carter (violin) Chris Lightcap (bass) Marvin Sewell (guitar) Alvester Garnett (drums)
Sponsored by CultureWorks In collaboration with the Richmond Jazz Society, Incorporated. This concert is in memory of Joe Kennedy, Jr., considered by many to be the “Maestro of Jazz” in Richmond. Biography on page 52.
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Regina Carter started studying classical violin as a child prodigy at the Detroit Community Music School. When a close friend introduced her to the world of jazz, it was like a revelation. One figure who encouraged the young artist to pursue this newfound passion was Yehudi Menuhin. Carter recalls vividly the inspiration he gave her during a visit to her school while in town to perform with the Detroit Symphony. “My teacher mentioned that I wanted to play jazz and said it would ruin my career,” says Carter. “Menuhin turned to the class and played a blues lick and promised me he would play that as an encore at the concert. He won my heart. To know that he was open to all kinds of music came at a crucial time in my life.” Regina Carter went on to become an internationally recognized master of jazz violin. She herself has been inspiring music lovers since emerging on the scene in the late 1980s and appears on a wide range of acclaimed recordings, whether as leader or collaborating with such figures as Wynton Marsalis and Cassandra Wilson. She says, “I’m thankful that the Menuhin Competition is recognizing jazz violin as a legitimate form of American music and also that they are showing this side of Yehudi Menuhin, since many people don’t know about his jazz work.” In the 1970s, Menuhin embarked on a series of collaborations with the French-Italian jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli, whom he refers to in his autobiography Unfinished Journey as one of his mentors “on a journey to spontaneity.” Carter also has a close connection to Richmond through her husband, Alvester Garnett. A Richmond native and VCU alumnus, Garnett plays drums with the Regina Carter Quartet. Because she enjoys playing so many varieties of jazz as well as styles from folk, classical and world music, Carter explains that she often shapes her programs depending on the audience. “My favorite period for jazz is from the 1920s, ’30 and ‘40s, and I also like to expose the audience to a style of music or a tune they’ve never heard. The point is to have a lot of fun!”
Geneva Prizewinners Geneva Junior 1st Prizewinners Tuesday May 18 7:30pm | Virtual
Enjoy an evening of musical mastery featuring separate performances by the Geneva 2018 Junior 1st prizewinners, 14-year-old Chloe Chua and 13-year-old Christian Li, performing in their home countries of Singapore and Australia. The prizewinners perform a variety of showstopping repertoire, from Ysaÿe and Gershwin to Grieg and Sarasate. Chloe Chua (violin) Lim Yan (piano)
Biographies: Chloe Chua, page 52 | Christian Li, page 53
Ysaÿe Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 27, No. 3, “Ballade” Wagner Romance from Albumblatt, WWV 94, arranged by Wilhelmj Gershwin “It Ain’t Necessary So” from Porgy and Bess, arranged by Heifetz Chausson Poème, Op. 25
Christian Li (violin) Laurence Matheson (piano)
Grieg Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45 I.Allegro molto ed appassionato II.Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza III.Allegro animato Fauré Après un rêve Sarasate Caprice Basque, Op. 24
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Mark & Maggie O’Connor Mark & Maggie O’Connor Wednesday May 19 7:30pm | Virtual
Sponsored by Davenport and Company Mark O’Connor figures significantly in this edition of the Menuhin Competition. Each of the nine Senior semi-finalists have performed the new Menuhin Caprice that this innovative violinist was commissioned to write as part of their repertoire, thus allowing the participants to demonstrate stylistic versatility and at the same time pay tribute to American traditions of violin music.
Mark O’Connor (violin) Maggie O’Connor (violin)
The American fiddling legend Mark O’Connor comes to your screen with his wife Maggie as the violin duo highlights Virginia’s own fiddling roots through their music. The program offers a broad and interconnecting collection of American music through violin/fiddle solos and duos. Biography on page 53.
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His mother’s favorite violinist was Yehudi Menuhin, so O’Connor grew up listening to Menuhin’s interpretations of the classical canon on LP even before he himself took up the instrument. A pioneer of exciting and creative fusions of American fiddling traditions and jazz, O’Connor first auditioned to play for the jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli in 1979, when he was 17. He recalls Menuhin coming backstage after one of their concerts and offering praise. His encouragement mattered, says O’Connor, “because it was at a time when people like me were trying to figure out how to cross bridges. And Yehudi Menuhin was the ultimate bridge crosser for classical violinists of the 20th century. He believed in bringing everyone in the universe of violin playing more closely together.” Mark and Maggie O’Connor will explore fiddle styles from across the American South, including the vibrant regional style that has flowered in the Virginia region—as represented by the career of Clark Kessinger, an old-time fiddler who absorbed classical influences and was later rediscovered during the 1960s folk movement. “I love the beautiful sound he made and the spirit of his playing,” says O’Connor. “Sometimes Southern fiddling can be pigeonholed, but each region of the country has had its really great fiddlers that set the pace for others to follow.” The program will additionally offer a broader perspective “reaching from Canada, down the Eastern Seaboard into Texas and even Mexico and Latin America.” This includes, for example, the legacy of Quebecois fiddler Jean Carignan, who appears in the latest volume of the O’Connor Method series for string teachers and students. “I’ve been championing the idea of breaking down barriers and opening the way for creative contributions from all violinists across the board,” says O’Connor. “The contributions of musicians today is paramount in the future success of the violin.”
Masterclasses Masterclasses Thursday May 20 Virtual
SESSION 1 | 10:00am
SESSION 2 | 12:30pm
SESSION 3 | 3:00pm
Watch our jury of internationally acclaimed performers guide the next generation of outstanding musicians. Our jurors lead masterclasses online, working on a range of repertoire with our competitors. Participating jurors are violinists Joji Hattori, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Alf Richard Kraggerud, Soyoung Yoon and Angelo Xiang Yu. Menuhin Competition artistic director and pianist Gordon Back is also giving a masterclass. Juror and violinist Pamela Frank and physical therapist Howard Nelson collaborate on a masterclass focusing on injury prevention for musicians. Biographies: Jurors, pages 23-27 | Howard Nelson, page 75
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Sphinx Virtuosi Piazzolla Fuga y misterio Dvořák Finale from String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, “American” Andrea Casarrubios SEVEN for solo cello Thomas Mesa (cello) Xavier Foley For Justice and Peace Rubén Rengel (violin) Xavier Foley (bass) Michael Abels Delights & Dances Rainel Joubert (violin) Melissa White (violin) Celia Hatton (viola) Thomas Mesa (cello)
Biography on page 56.
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Sphinx Virtuosi Showcase Thursday May 20 7:30pm | Virtual
Sponsored by Mr. Robert F. Smith The Sphinx Virtuosi is one of the United States’ most dynamic professional chamber orchestras. Comprised of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latinx classical soloists, primarily alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition, these artists come together as cultural ambassadors to reach new audiences. As one of the featured guest artists at the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021, this concert showcases their mission of advancing diversity in classical music by presenting varied programs of works by composers of color alongside wellknown masterpieces. Members of the Sphinx Virtuosi are introducing each piece during the concert.
Aaron Dworkin (Jury) Ronald Crutcher (University of Richmond) Jennifer Arnold (Richmond Symphony) Alex Nyerges (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts) Wesley Taylor (Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts) Stoner Winslett (Richmond Ballet)
The Danger of a Single Story: The Importance of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Arts and Their Role in Society Friday May 21 3:30pm | Virtual
Sponsored by the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond and Dominion Energy Aaron Dworkin, 2021 juror, violinist, and founder of the Sphinx Organization, leads a panel discussion facilitated by University of Richmond president Dr. Ronald Crutcher. The discussion centers around the role and importance of diversity in art – not only in music, but also in dance and visual art. Participants in this panel include Jennifer Arnold, Director of Artistic Planning & Orchestral Operations of the Richmond Symphony; Alex Nyerges, Director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Wesley Taylor, Professor of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts; and Stoner Winslett, Artistic Director of the Richmond Ballet. This event is jointly hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond.
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Junior Finals Junior Finals Friday May 21 7:30pm | Virtual
Five Junior finalists
Mason Bates Bound Away Classical or Romantic concerto of the candidate’s own choice (1st movement only) Short piece of the candidate’s own choice
The Finals of the Junior section in the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021 features five of the world’s best young violinists competing for one of the coveted awards. Each finalist performs Bound Away, a new commission written by Mason Bates. They also present their choice of a Classical or Romantic concerto with piano, and a selection of works for solo violin and for violin and piano. Audience members also have the opportunity to vote for a finalist to be awarded the Audience Prize. The prizewinners will be announced at the end of the evening. For more information on Bound Away, see page 58. Junior competitors’ biographies on pages 31-38.
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Senior Finals Senior Finals Saturday May 22 7:30pm | Virtual
Four Senior finalists
First movements from the following concertos: Lalo Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra in D minor, Op. 21 Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61 Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22 Second movements from the following concertos: Mozart Violin Concertos Nos. 1-5 Short piece of the competitor’s own choice
Witness the culmination of the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021. Four of the world’s best young violinists perform their choice of violin concerto with piano accompaniment from the Competition repertoire in the final stage of their journey to be awarded one of the sought-after prizes. Finalists also perform a movement from a Mozart violin concerto and a selection of works for solo violin and for violin and piano. Audience members also have the opportunity to vote for a finalist to be awarded the Audience Prize. The prizewinners will be announced at the end of the evening. Senior competitors’ biographies on pages 42-49. A remarkable portion of the concerto literature has been inspired by the artistry of specific violinists. Take the case of Pablo de Sarasate, who is associated with three of the four Romantic concertos this evening’s finalists had to select from for their repertoire. The larger-than-life Spanish violin virtuoso, who coaxed indescribably beautiful tones from his Stradivarius, even appears in a Sherlock Holmes story. continued page 70
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Senior Finals Senior Finals French composer Édouard Lalo had to wait until his 50s for his breakthrough with the general public, which he achieved through such works as the 1874 Symphonie espagnole, written for and introduced by Sarasate. Despite its name, the piece is at heart a violin concerto with splashes of Spanish color to honor Sarasate’s origins in the region of Navarre. The score exploits a rich spectrum of the instrument’s resources. A few years before the Lalo, in 1880, Camille Saint-Saëns added to his list of works tailored for Sarasate the third and last of his violin concertos. The B Minor Concerto expresses the composer’s conviction that “the artist who does not feel completely satisfied by elegant lines, by harmonious colors and by a beautiful succession of chords does not understand the art of music.” But he demands great virtuosity as well. Saint-Saëns modeled his work on aspects of Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, which also introduces the soloist almost from the start. The perfection and grace of Mendelssohn’s style—a delectable balance of Classical and early Romantic elements— suggest effortless composition, yet he toiled mightily on this score, spending years honing it for his friend Ferdinand David, the virtuoso who premiered the work in 1845. The figure memorialized by the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition played a key role in the development of the Russian violin tradition (The tsar was a fan.) Wieniawski, who was tragically almost as short-lived as Mendelssohn, completed his finest work, the D Minor Concerto, while living in Saint Petersburg. Dedicated to Sarasate, the Concerto demands attention to lyrical poise and scintillating virtuosity alike. Demonstrating range in style, each finalist also performs the second, lyrical movement from one of Mozart’s five violin concertos from 1775. The two concerto movements are accompanied by a short piece of the participant’s own choosing.
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Gala Presentation Menuhin Competition Gala Presentation Sunday May 23 5:00pm-7:00pm | Virtual
This presentation will be shown on VPM TV, Richmond’s local PBS station at 5:00pm and on VPM Music, 93.1 and 107.3, at 7:30pm, in addition to the Menuhin Competition YouTube channel. The Gala Presentation brings the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021 to a rousing conclusion, featuring performances by the Richmond Symphony, the Junior and Senior winners, juror Angelo Xiang Yu, and other guest artists from the 10-day virtual Menuhin Competition. Join us as we celebrate Richmond 2021!
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The Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021 offers a number of engagement opportunities for both competitors and the Richmond community including virtual masterclasses, meetings between competitors, guest artists and jurors and panel discussions. Competitors are able to interact with Richmond area students and community organizations with “Adopt a Performer,” a series of curricula that allows the Richmond students to follow, learn about and interact with competitors. The young violinists then “visit” the classes and organizations virtually to talk with them and present short performances. On May 8, Virginia Commonwealth University presents a virtual “Violin Day” for Virginian string students and teachers, made up of clinics and workshops throughout the day featuring the preeminent fiddler and pedagogue Mark O’Connor. In addition, there are sessions focused specifically on competitors’ wellbeing. Interactive sessions with Intermission, a program founded by violinists Elena Urioste and Melissa White, combine meditation, yoga and mindfulness to promote the physical and mental wellbeing of musicians. Also offered is a masterclass and presentation focused on injury prevention given by physical therapist Howard Nelson together with juror Pamela Frank.
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Engagement Howard Nelson Howard Nelson has been a physical therapist since 1989. He worked for ten years at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Specifically, he analyzes how postures and movements in daily life can be the cause of injury and pain. His physical therapy practice is focused on treating the biomechanical causes of injuries by modifying faulty movement patterns. Since 2013, Howard has been applying movement system principles to musicians. He has presented Pamela Frank’s case study and worked with musicians at Caramoor, Music Institute of Chicago, Juilliard School, Peabody Institute, New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Ravinia Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Tokyo International Viola Competition, Performing Arts Medicine Association, Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, and in Rolle and Verbier, Switzerland. He was a visiting faculty member at USC Thornton School of Music from 2018–2020. Howard works with musicians on a weekly basis at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Intermission Founded by violinists/yogis Melissa White and Elena Urioste, Intermission is a groundbreaking program that encourages a union of body, mind, breath, and music-making through the practices of yoga and meditation. Under the Intermission umbrella exist Sessions, workshops for students ranging from mindful yoga classes to posture and breathing-based music lessons; Retreats, week-long getaways for professional musicians; and a free app offering dozens of music, movement, and mindfulness videos. Intermission provides tools to help musicians of all ages and experience build greater awareness of their bodies, explore proper alignment to optimize their musical set-ups, increase mental focus and efficiency, and deepen their connections to their inner selves — and, ultimately, to music.
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Previous Prizewinners GENEVA 2018
Senior 1st Prize
Senior Diana Adamyan, Armenia
1st Prize, EMCY Prize
Kenneth Renshaw, USA
2nd Prize, Composer Award
Nathan Mierdl, France/Germany
Ji Eun Anna Lee, Korea
HyunJae Lim, South Korea
Alexi Kenney, USA
4th Prize, Bach Prize
Tianyou Ma, China
Siyan Guo, China
Otto Antikainen, Finland
Gabriel Ng, Singapore
Victor Zeyu Li, China
Junior 1st Prize-Joint
Chloe Chua, Singapore Christian Li, Australia
3rd Prize, Bach Prize
Ruibing Liu, China
1st Prize, Composer’s Prize
Kevin Zhu, USA
Clara Shen, Germany
Soo-Been Lee, Korea
Hina Khuong-Huu, USA/Japan/ France
Taiga Tojo, Japan
Grace Clifford, Australia
Yehun Jin, Korea
6th Prize, Chamber Music Award
Guido Sant’Anna, Brazil
Christian Li, Australia
1st Prize, Composer Award, Mozart Prize & Bach Prize
Ziyu He, China
2nd Prize, Audience Prize
SongHa Choi, South Korea
3rd Prize, Bartók Prize
Yu-Ting Chen, Taiwan
Jeein Kim, South Korea
Junior 1st Prize, Composer Award
Yesong Sophie Lee, USA
2nd Prize, Jonathan Moulds Award Kevin Miura, USA/Japan & Audience Prize 3rd Prize, Chamber Music Award, Wieniawski Prize & ECMY Prize
Johan Dalene, Sweden
NaKyung Kang, South Korea
Anne Luisa Kramb, Germany
Xiang Yu, China
Nigel Armstrong, USA
Suyeon Kang, Australia
Ji Won Song, Korea
Aaron Timothy Chooi, Canada
Junior 1st Prize
Kerson Leong, Canada
Stephen Waarts, USA
Ji Eun Anna Lee, Korea
Taiga Tojo, Japan
Callum Smart, UK
Guro Kleven Hagen, Norway
1st Prize, Bach Prize & Composer’s Prize
Stephen Waarts, USA
Inmo Yang, Korea
Christine Seohyun Lim, USA
4th Prize, Chamber Music Prize
Stephen Kim, USA
Aaron Timothy Chooi, Canada
Ray Chen, Australia
Jiafeng Chen, China
Evgeny Sviridov, Russia
Stella Chen, USA
Evgeny Sviridov, Russia
Junior 1st Prize
Chad Hoopes, USA
Rennosuke Fukuda, Japan
Dmitry Smirnov, Russia
Daniel Lozakovitj, Sweden
Mindy Chen, USA
Ludvig Gudim, Norway
Ke Zhu, China
4th Prize, Composer’s Prize
Alex Zhou, USA
Seohyun Lim, Korea
Jaewon Wee, Korea
Junior Composer’s Prize
Yu-Ah Ok, Korea
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Previous Prizewinners BOULOGNE SUR-MER 2006
Hrachya Avanesyan, Armenia
Akiko Ono, Japan
Robin Scott, USA
Ning Feng, PR China
Shuai Shi, China
Viatcheslav Chestiglazov, Russia
Sulki Yu, Korea
Chen Gu, PR China
Senior Composer’s Prize
Samika Honda, Japan
Junior 1st Prize
Mi Sa Yang, Korea/Japan
Sunao Goko, Japan
Alina Ibragimova, Russia
Fumiaki Miura, Japan
Naoto Sakiya, Japan
Yu-Chien Tseng, Taiwan
Yossif Ivanov, Belgium
Robyn Bollinger, USA
Hye Jin Kim, Korea
Stella Chen, USA
Ja Ram Kim, Korea
Sirena Huang, USA
BOULOGNE SUR-MER 1998
Hye-Jin Kim, Korea
Susie Park, Australia
Daniel Khalikov, Uzbekistan
Akiko Ono, Japan
Je Hye Lee, Korea
Boris Brovtsyn, Russia
Yusuke Hayashi, Japan
Xu Yang, PR China
Chamber Music Award
Anthony Sabberton, UK
Junior 1st Prize
Hu-Jiong Wang, PR China
Joel C. Link, USA
Oleg Yatsina, Belarus
Danbi Um, Korea
Ray Chen, Australia Yoo Jin Jang, Korea
Mikhail Simonian, Russia Mayuko Kamio, Japan
Sophie Moser, Germany
Esther Kim, USA
Yoon Jung Cho, Korea
BOULOGNE SUR-MER 2002
Soyoung Yoon, Korea
Rintaro Omiya, Japan
Simone Lamsma, Netherlands
Senior 4th Prize, Bach Prize
Maksim Brylinski, Ukraine
Senior Composer’s Prize
1st Prize, Audience Prize & President’s Prize
Lisa Kim, USA
Corina Belcea, Romania
Yoo-Kyung Min, Korea
Anna Savytska, Ukraine
Senior 4th Prize, Audience Prize
Zhanna Tonaganyan, Russia
Natalia Lomeiko, Russia
Chiharu Taki, Japan
Yyun Su Shin, Korea
Markus Tanneberger, Germany
Jennifer Pike, UK
Saki Shirokoji, Japan
Alexandra Korobkina, Russia
Chairman’s Special Prize
Esther Kim, USA
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Julia Fischer, Germany
Jeanne de Ricaud, France
Piotr Kwasny, Poland
Teruyoshi Shirata, Japan
Daniel Khalikov, Uzbekistan
Ilya Gringolts, Russia
Sally Cooper, Australia
Previous Prizewinners FOLKESTONE 1993
1st Prize, Audience Prize
Gabriela Demeterova, Czech Republic
1st Prize, Bach Prize
Elisabeth Glass, W. Germany
Alina Komissarova, Ukraine
2nd Prize, Audience Prize
Elisa Barston, USA
Stefan Milenkovic, Serbia/Italy
3rd Prize, Bach Prize
Zheng Qing, PR China
Marta Abraham, Hungary
Joji Hattori, Japan
Junior 1st Prize
Daishin Kashimoto, UK
Igor Malinovsky, Russia/Italy
Wei Wei Le, PR China
Yi Jia Hou, Canada
Natasha Lomeiko, Russia
Akiko Ono, Japan
Junior 1st Prize
Dong Qun, PR China
Bartlomiej Niziol, Poland
3rd Prize, Audience Prize
Suzy Whang, UK
Ryotaro Ito, Japan
David Chan, USA
Carla Kihlstedt, USA
No 1st Prize awarded
1st Prize, Bach Prize & Tunnicliffe Prize
Xiao-Dong Wang, PR China
Tasmin Little, UK
Liang Chai, PR China
Nikolaj Szeps Znaider, Denmark
Abigail Young, UK
Ning Kam, Singapore
Chang Guo, PR China
Wen Lei Gu, PR China
Elizabeth Glass, W. Germany
3rd Prize, Audience Prize
Jennifer Koh, USA
Scott St John, Canada
Yonatan Gandelsman, Israel
Lara St John, Canada
Natsuko Yoshimoto, Japan
David Le Page, UK
Mona Marie Knock, USA
Chwan Liang Lee, UK
2nd Prize, Bach Prize
Qing Guo, PR China
3rd Prize, Bach Prize
Eugeny Andrusenko, USSR
Birgit Kolar, Austria
5th Prize, Audience Prize Junior
1st Prize, Bach Prize & Audience Prize
Joji Hattori, Japan
Yu Yuanging, PR China
Bartlomiej Niziol, Poland
Karen Lee, USA
Junior 1st Prize, Audience Prize
Livia Sohn, USA
Sylvie Sentenac, France
Mu Na, PR China
Jennifer Koh, USA
Ye Sha, PR China
Krzysztof Baranowski, Poland
1st Prize, Bach Prize
Leland Chen, PR China/Taiwan
2nd Prize, Audience Prize
Isabelle van Keulen, Netherlands
Tasmin Little, UK
He Hong Ying, PR China
Dorota Siuda, Poland
Micha Sugiura, USA
Junior 1st Prize
Xiao-Dong Wang, PR China
Zheng-Dong Wang, PR China
Le Zhang, PR China
Julian Shevlin, UK
Lu Siqing, PR China
Eunice Lee, USA
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Thank You • Co-Hosts and Sponsors Co-Hosts
Sponsors E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation R.E.B. Foundation Richard S. Reynolds Foundation
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Thank You • Donors Institutional Donors Anonymous through the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond Nicolae Bretan Music Foundation Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia Christophe Landon Rare Violins Inc. Florian Leonhard Fine Violins Linhart Foundation Slatten-MacDonald Fund Henri Moerel Foundation Apple REIT Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concerts Bob and Anna Lou Schaberg Foundation Virginia H. Spratley Charitable Fund The Richmond Symphony Foundation Virginia Tourism Corporation Watkins Family Charitable Trust Williams Mullen The Woman’s Club of Richmond
Individual Donors Anonymous Friend of the Richmond Symphony Mrs and Mrs. Lemuel L. Doss Mr. and Mrs. Ellis M. Dunkum Dr. William Jackson Frable Margaret R. Freeman Mr. and Mrs. James B. Hartough Dr. Eugene W. and Mrs. Katharine Pauley Hickok Jane M. Jenkins Ms. Sheila Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Kuhn Sheila Leckie Mr. Jonathan Moulds CBE Mr. Jose Murillo and Ms. Caroline Orlando Dr. and Mrs. John R. Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Stanley F. Pauley Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth M. Perry Mr. Robert E. Rigsby
Mr. Rick Sample and Ms. Celia Rafalko Mr. Myron H. Reinhart Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Shutterly Mr. Robert F. Smith Ruth & Richard Szucs Mr. and Mrs. Fred T. Tattersall Marcia and Harry Thalhimer Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Ukrop Mr. and Mrs. Hays T. Watkins Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Webber George Welch Mary Anne Wilson Supporters of the Rudy Bunzl Fund for the Future and the David J.L. Fisk Special Events Fund in the Richmond Symphony Foundation
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Thank You • Richmond Symphony BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mr. George L. Mahoney Chair
The Richmond Symphony Foundation is organized and established for cultural and charitable purposes benefiting the Richmond Symphony through its endowment.
Mrs. Elizabeth Cabell Jennings Vice Chair Lacey Huszcza Executive Director Mr. Rick Sample Treasurer Ms. Maura Scott Secretary
Directors Mr. Joshua Bennett Mr. Phillip H. Bennett Mr. Stuart W. Blain Mr. John Bock Dr. John W. Braymer Ms. Priscilla A. Burbank Mrs. Sandra Chase Dr. Jill Bussey Harris Ms. Angel Clarke Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher Mrs. Alison W. Eckis Mr. Gary Flowers Mrs. Cheryl G. Goddard Mrs. Rebecca J. Horner D. Brennen Keene, Esq. Mr. Christopher W. Lindbloom, DMA Mr. J. Theodore Linhart* Mr. William Mears Mr. Patrick Murtaugh Mr. Roger D. Neathawk* Mr. Kelly O’Keefe Ms. Valentina Peleggi Mr. Dale Porfilio Mr. Kamran P. Raika Mr. Leon E. Roday Dr. Richard A. Szucs Mr. Brandon C. Taylor Mrs. Marcia H. Thalhimer* Mr. John L. Walker III Mrs. Ludi Webber Mark W. Wickersham, Esq. Mr. Mark Wolfram Dr. Elisabeth M. Wollan* Mrs. Bucci Zeugner *At Large Members of the 2020/21 Executive Committee
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Mr. David M. Carter President Mr. Jose Luis Murillo Vice President Mrs. Tara H. Matthews Treasurer Lacey Huszcza Secretary Mrs. Maureen Ackerly, Esq. Mr. Thomas N. Allen Mr. David B. Bradley Mr. J. Alfred Broaddus, Jr. Mr. Kenneth M. Perry Mr. Ernesto Sampson Mr. Richard M. Smith Mr. George Y. Wheeler III Mrs. Ann T. Burks Mr. Robert L. Chewning Mrs. Anne Marie Whittemore, Esq. Mr. Nicomedes De León Mr. Ellis M. Dunkum Mr. Wendell Fuller Mrs. Carolyn Garner Ms. Kristian Gathright Mr. James B. Hartough Ms. Helen Lewis Kemp, Esq. Mrs. Marlene D. Jones Mr. George L. Mahoney Mr. William H. Mears, Jr. Mr. Wallace B. Millner III Dr. Richard L. Morrill Mr. Randall S. Parks
Thank You • Richmond Symphony Administration Lacey Huszcza, Executive Director Gail Henshaw, Director of Finance & Administration Shacoya Henley, Accounting & Human Resources Manager
Advancement & Patron Communications Frances Sterling, Director of Advancement & Patron Communications Helena Barth, Digital Marketing Coordinator Victoria Cottrell, Donor Relations Manager Kira Gay Hiller, Senior Manager of Patron Services & Sales Ashley Moore, Production Designer Ryan Scott, Office & Executive Assistant Zoe Thomas, Patron Services Assistant
Richmond Symphony Chorus Barbara Baker, Manager
Education & Community Engagement Walter Bitner, Director of Education & Community Engagement Ingrid Keller, RSSoM Program Manager Marcey Leonard, RSSoM Program Manager & Community Partnerships Manager Amy Pintea, MAP & Housing Coordinator Jonathan Sanford, Education Coordinator Jennifer Tobin, Assistant Director of Education & Youth Orchestra Manager
Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021 Miriam Fogel, Project Director Ashley Davis, Marketing & Communications Manager David Fisk, Senior Advisor to the Menuhin Competition
Operations Jennifer Arnold, Director of Artistic Planning & Orchestra Operations Brent Bowden, Production Manager Kevin Estes, Personnel Manager Matthew Gold, Orchestra Librarian Brent Klettke, Special Events & Assistant Production Manager Pete Mathis, Operations Manager Ed Thompson, Audio Engineer
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