The Menuhin Competition Geneva 2018 begins this evening! More than 50 events will take place across 11 days, celebrating the violin and youth.
Source: Menuhin Competition
13/04/2018

The Menuhin Competition - the world's leading international competition for young violinists - begins tonight in Geneva, for 11 days of celebration making Geneva the world's capital of violin! 44 prodigiously talented violinists representing 17 nationalities, who were selected from more than 300 applicants worldwide, will participate in this event. With the Competition at its heart, the festival includes concerts, masterclasses and special events to bring together a wide variety of performers and audiences.

The Menuhin Competition kicks off tonight with the Opening Concert at Victoria Hall featuring the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under the direction of Marin Alsop. The Closing Gala Concert will take place on Sunday April 22 at Victoria Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Julian Rachlin, soloists Maxim Vengerov, Soyoung Yoon and Ilya Gringolts as well as the Junior (under 16 years old) and Senior (16-21 years old) competition winners. The name of the Junior winner will be revealed at the end of the Junior Finals (April 20, Victoria Hall, with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra) and the Senior winner will be announced at the end of the Senior Finals (April 21, Victoria Hall  with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Julian Rachlin). Tickets are still available for certain events, and the entire competition can be followed live on the internet.
 
More than 50 events across 11 days
The wide variety of events include exhibits by two of the greatest luthiers in the world (Florian Leonhard and Christophe Landon), cycle of documentary films in connection with Yehudi Menuhin, visit to local luthiers as part of the European Days of Crafts (JEMA), masterclasses given by the nine members of the international jury, talks in collaboration with the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences of the University of Geneva (What are the biological mysteries hidden in the practice of a musical instrument? What are the effects of music on human behaviour and brain development? What may concert performances look like in the future?), together with a concert given by the legendary gypsy violinist Roby LakatosPurple Night with Egopusher and Peter Broderick: the programme is as large as it is attractive. The full programme can be explored on 2018.menuhincompetition.org.

An wide array of logistics
* 44 young violinists have now arrived in Geneva with their chaperones and will be staying at 28 host families
* More than 50 hours of live broadcast is expected on Arte concert and on Radio Télévision Suisse
* Number of concert halls: 5 (Centre des Arts - International School of Geneva, Victoria Hall, Conservatory of Geneva, Alhambra, La Gravière)
* Number of rehearsal rooms: 20
* Hotel nights: 320 (jury members, journalists, artists etc.)
* Number of piano tunings: 25
* At least 6 hours of violin played daily
* Number of staff: 50 (administration, artistic, technical, logistics, ticketing etc.)
* Approximately 215 local transfers organised
* 3 buses to bring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and their instruments to their next concert in Aosta



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