18-year-old Diana Adamyan from Armenia wins Senior First Prize at the 2018 Menuhin Competition in Geneva and host city for 2020 Competition named as Richmond, USA

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The Senior First Prize Winner of the 2018 Menuhin Competition is 18-year-old Diana Adamyan from Armenia.

Adamyan competed against three other violinists in the Final to win the title at the ‘Olympics of the Violin’, this year in Geneva, broadcast live on ARTE concert. Nathan Mierdl (20, France/Germany) won second prize, with Hyunjae Lim (20, South Korea) third and Tianyou Ma (17, China) fourth. The audience watching live on ARTE concert were encouraged to vote for their favourite Senior participant to be awarded the ARTE concert online prize which went to Nathan Mierdl, and the Audience prize went to Diana Adamyan. Diana performed Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor tonight in the Final which took place in Victoria Hall, Geneva.

Diana Adamyan will perform alongside the joint First Junior Competition winners Christian Li (10, Australia) and Chloe Chua (11, Singapore) at the Closing Gala Concert tomorrow (Sunday 22 April) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Julian Rachlin at Victoria Hall in Geneva. Christian Li is theyoungest ever winner of the Competition and this is the first time in the Competition’s history that there have been joint winners. 

Diana Adamyan wins a 1-year loan of a fine old Italian violin from Christophe Landon Rare Violins, in addition to 15,000 Swiss Francs (CHF).  All of the Senior prizewinners will be offered concert opportunities and courses, including performances at the Gstaad New Year Music Festival 2018, a concerto with The Doctors’ Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, a concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a coffee concert at Wigmore Hall and a concert at the Konzerthaus in Vienna with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.  Prizegiving will take place at Victoria Hall on Sunday 22 April in a closed ceremony.

The next Menuhin Competition will take place in Richmond, USA, in 2020. This will be the first time Richmond has hosted the Competition and is the second time the Competition has been to America in its 35 year history. The Competition will take place in Richmond from 14-24 May 2020 in venues throughout the city including the Modlin Center for Arts at the University of Richmond, the W.E Singleton Center for the Performing Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University and in the Carpenter Theatre at the Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Richmond Symphony will be the primary accompanying orchestra for the festival, in addition to the Sphinx Virtuosi ensemble – made up exclusively of 18 of the top young black and Latino classical musicians – who will accompany the Junior Finals and in performances and workshops with local public schools.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the International Menuhin Competition and honored to join the company of such distinguished international destinations like Geneva in welcoming the most talented young musicians in the world to our city. Richmond is a thriving and diverse city that is home to a number of internationally recognized artistic, educational and cultural attractions, like the Richmond Symphony.  Our vibrant and dedicated arts community looks forward to welcoming these artists and their families in 2020, and sharing their talent and our love of music with the world.” 
Levar Stoney, Mayor of Richmond

“We are thrilled to bring the Menuhin Competition to the United States in 2020 – especially to a city as fantastic as Richmond. When we were exploring host cities, we were so very impressed with Richmond, its incredibly supportive community and its superb orchestra. Richmond is the perfect location.”
Gordon Back, Artistic Director, Menuhin Competition

The closing Gala Concert took place on the 22nd April

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