The 6 candidates progressing through to the Final stage of the 2018 Menuhin Competition Junior Division, in Geneva, Switzerland, have just minutes ago been announced.
The 2018 Junior Division Finalists are:
- Chloe Chua (11, Singapore)
- Hina Khuong-Huu (13, United States/Japan/France)
- Christian Li (10, Australia)
- Ruibing Liu (13, China)
- Guido Sant'Anna (12, Brazil)
- Clara Shen (12, Germany)
"Whilst the competition's intention was always to have five junior finalists, our jury of eight simply couldn't agree between two of the candidates ... even after voting three separate times ..." Competition Artistic Director, Gordon Back has told The Violin Channel.
"We all felt artistically the fairest thing to do was to put both candidates through ... all six finalists are fantastic players, so let's give them all the opportunity," he has said.
CHLOE CHUA | 2018 MENUHIN COMPETITION | JUNIOR SEMI-FINAL | 11 YEARS OLD
HINA KHUONG-HUU | 2018 MENUHIN COMPETITION | JUNIOR SEMI-FINAL | 13 YEARS OLD
CHRISTIAN LI | 2018 MENUHIN COMPETITION | JUNIOR SEMI-FINAL | 10 YEARS OLD
RUIBING LIU | 2018 MENUHIN COMPETITION | JUNIOR SEMI-FINAL | 13 YEARS OLD
GUIDO SANT'ANNA | 2018 MENUHIN COMPETITION | JUNIOR SEMI-FINAL | 12 YEARS OLD
CLARA SHEN | 2018 MENUHIN COMPETITION | JUNIOR SEMI-FINAL | 12 YEARS OLD
Widely recognized as the world’s leading competition for violinists under the age of 16, previous Menuhin Competition Junior Division 1st prize winners include VC Young Artists Chad Hoopes, Kevin Zhu, Rennosuke Fukuda, Kerson Leong and Yesong Sophie Lee.
The 1st prize winner of the 2018 Junior Division will receive CHF 10,000 and the 1-year loan of a fine Italian instrument – courtesy of Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.
An additional special prize, the 2-year loan of a very fine period Stradivarius violin from the private collection of Jonathan Moulds CBE, will also be awarded by the Beare’s International Violin Society to the Junior or Senior candidate deemed to have displayed the most outstanding potential throughout the competition.
The 2018 jury comprises: 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.
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