Menuhin Competition loses its bearings

Menuhin Competition loses its bearings


norman lebrecht

March 05, 2021

The Menuhin Competition and Richmond Symphony have decided to present a virtual version of this year’s event in May.

Covid-19 makes a live competition untenable.

This is only the second time the competitition has been held in the US.



  • Rogerio says:

    It’s not untenable if you hold it in Texas.

    • Peter says:

      It was already held in Texas – Austin in 2014 (pre-Covid of course).

      • Rachelle Goldberg says:

        I attended the Competition in Austin Texas. It was held at the University where one of the Jury is Professor there, Brian Lewis. It was a wonderful opportunity to hear gifted violinists in the early rounds and in the semi final and finals with Orchestra.

    • Bruh says:

      Not with a ban on international travel.

  • DG says:

    I’m in Richmond and getting this competition was such a coup for the city. As we’ve all learned over the past year of ‘virtual’ culture, it’s just not the same thing at all. I wish they had pushed the date back again.

  • Emore says:

    Yawn….It’s a fixed competition anyway….They all are….moving on…

  • John Borstlap says:

    The picture shows Menuhin demonstrating a thematic inversion in one of Bach’s solo violin partitas.

  • Draconian lockdowns make a live competition untenable.