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Candidates Announced for 2018 Menuhin International Violin Competition

The Menuhin Competition has announced the 22 junior and 22 senior candidates for the 2018 competition

The Menuhin Competition has announced the 22 Junior and 22 Senior candidates for the 2018 competition – to be held in Geneva, Switzerland from the 12th to the 22nd of April.

Widely recognized as the world’s leading competition for violinists under the age of 22, previous 1st prize winners include VC Artists Ray Chen, Chad Hoopes, Angelo Xiang YuStephen WaartsKevin Zhu, Rennosuke FukudaKerson Leong, Yesong Sophie Lee and Ziyu He.



The 22 2018 junior competitors are: 

  • Jiyee Jen Ahn (14, South Korea)
  • Non Aoyama (13, Japan)
  • Chloe Chua (11, Singapore)
  • Nurie Chung (12, South Korea)
  • Marley Erikson (14, United States)
  • Jacques Forestier (13, Canada)
  • Helen Hyun (12, United States/South Korea)
  • Miray Ito (15, United States/Japan)
  • Yeyeong Jin (14, South Korea)
  • Kyota Kakiuchi (14, Japan)
  • Hina Khuong-Huu (13, United States/Japan/France)
  • Caecilia Lee (14, United States)
  • Christian Li (10, Australia)
  • Haewon Lim (13, South Korea)
  • Ruibing Liu (12, China)
  • Sean Mori (15, United States/Japan)
  • Christina Jihee Nam (15, United States)
  • Serin Park (13, United States)
  • Guido Sant-Anna (12, Brazil)
  • Clara Shen (12, Germany)
  • Hanchi Shi (14, China)
  • Anatol János Toth (14, Switzerland/Germany)

The 22 2018 senior competitors are: 

  • Diana Adamyan (17, Armenia)
  • Otto Antikainen (18, Finland)
  • Rio Arai (18, Japan)
  • Zachary Brandon (18, United States)
  • Qing Yu Chen (17, United States)
  • I-hao Cheng (19, Taiwan)
  • Elli Choi (16, United States)
  • Michael Germer (15, Denmark)
  • Yehun Danny Jin (18, South Korea)
  • Elena Kawazu (19, United States)
  • HyunJae Lim (20, South Korea)
  • Dong Min Lim (16, South Korea)
  • Zhen Liu (20, China)
  • Tianyou Ma (17, China)
  • Nathan Mierdl (19, France/Germany)
  • Nikola Pajanović (18, Slovenia)
  • Sumina Studer (21, Switzerland)
  • Takumi Taguchi (16, United States/Japan)
  • Eric Tsai (20, United States)
  • Julian Walder (17, Austria)
  • Jinyu Wang (20, China)
  • Jinyoung Yoon (19, South Korea)

"This is going to be an exceptional event in Geneva ..." competition chairman Gordon Back has told The Violin Channel.

"The pre-selection jury and I were particularly impressed by the technical and artistic level of the candidates ..." he has said.

"For the youngest among them, the competition will be their first international experience, and we are absolutely delighted to give them the opportunity of participating in this event which is all about cultural connection, exchange and learning." 

The 2018 jury will comprise: Jury Chair Pamela Frank, Vice Chair Joji Hattori, Itamar Golan, Ilya Gringolts, Henning Kraggerud, Lu Siqing, Maxim Vengerov, Soyoung Yoon - and VC Artist Josef Spacek.



As the competition’s official 2018 media partner, The Violin Channel will be providing exclusive rolling-coverage – live from all venues.

You won’t miss a beat! 

PICTURED: 2016 Menuhin Competition Junior 1st Prize winner, VC Rising Star Yesong Sophie Lee from the United States





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