12 to 22 April 2018

Auditorium, Centre des arts, La Grande Boissière

Our young and talented violinists will be goodwill ambassadors as they come with purity in their hearts and music in their souls. It is in the hands of these young people that we place our future.
Yehudi Menuhin
- Pamela Frank (President)
- Joji Hattori (Vice-President)
- Itamar Golan
- Ilya Gringolts
- Henning Kraggerud
- Lu Siqing
- Josef Špacek
- Maxim Vengerov
- Soyoung Yoon
Founded by the world renowned musician Yehudi Menuhin in 1983, the Menuhin Competition is the leading international competition for young violinists under the age of 22. Nicknamed “The Violin Olympics”, the competition attracts hundreds of entries, selecting only 44 of the world’s very best young violinists to participate. Held every two years in a different world city, the competition discovers, encourages and nurtures exceptionally talented young musicians to develop into the next generation of great artists. Broadcast online, it is followed live by millions of spectators.
The Centre des arts is extremely proud to host the first stages of the Menuhin Competition and to be one of the main partners of this event, alongside the City of Geneva, the Geneva Conservatoire de musique, the Haute école de musique Genève-Neuchâtel and Radio Télévision Suisse – Espace 2.
The Menuhin Competition Geneva 2018 will be starring internationally acclaimed soloists and the most talented violin prodigies together with Geneva’s best musicians and orchestras.
The semi-finals will be held at the Geneva Conservatoire de musique while the Victoria Hall will host the finals, with musical accompaniment provided by the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The repertoire covers three centuries, including Bach, Mozart, Paganini, Wieniawski, Kreisler, Svendsen, Dvorak, Prokofiev and Suk.
Audience members need not stay throughout the day and can come and go between performances.