Every two years, the Menuhin Competition is organized in collaboration between the UK-based Yehudi Menuhin Young Violinists International Competition Trust and an international hosting partner.
The Menuhin Competition 2014 has been invited by the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin to be held in the United States for the first time. 2014 also marks the Butler School of Music’s centennial.
Founded by Yehudi Menuhin in 1983, the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists attracts some of the world’s best violinists under the age of 22. The competition helps exceptionally talented young musicians from around the world to develop into artists of the highest caliber.
The Menuhin Competition has an impressive track record of counting some of the world’s most gifted violinists among its participants and prizewinners, with many establishing major international careers, such as Tasmin Little, Isabelle van Keulen, Nikolaj Znaider, Ilya Gringolts, Julia Fischer, Daishin Kashimoto, Feng Ning, Ray Chen, Chad Hoopes, Callum Smart and Kerson Leong.
About the Sarah and Earnest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin
In the live music capital of the world, the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin is training some of the most talented performers, scholars, pedagogues and composers.
In 2008, Sarah and Ernest Butler announced their generous gift of $55 million to then UT School of Music; it was the largest gift given to any public university music school in the United States. Just two years after this gift, the Butler School of Music was ranked among the Top 30 music schools in America by U.S. College Rankings.
The Butler School of Music is dedicated to increasing the accessibility to music performances and opportunities as well as broadening the understanding of the value and relevance music has in the cultural enrichment of the ever-changing landscape of the world in which we live.
“Hosting the Menuhin Competition’s first North American appearance is testament to the Butler School of Music’s rising prominence, not only in this country but around the world,” says BSOM Director Glenn Richter. “The Butler School and the Menuhin Competition share a common goal of cultural exchange in education.”