Menuhin Competition London 2016

Menuhin Competition London 2016

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth, the Menuhin Competition returns to London for the first time since 2004. International soloists and 44 of the world’s best young violinists will star in an 11-day festival of concerts and events for all ages.

The competition is hosted by the Royal Academy of Music and presented in partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Southbank Centre and the Yehudi Menuhin School and held in association with the Jewish Music Institute, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Live Music Now.

With a star-studded jury – many of them former prizewinners – and a programme dedicated to Yehudi Menuhin, the Menuhin Competition London 2016 is an event not to be missed.

The Lark Insurance Junior Prizewinners’ Concert

Lark (Group) Limited are proud to be sponsoring the Junior Prizewinners’ concert Menuhin Competition London 2016 – the world’s leading competition for young violinists.

The Lark Insurance Junior Prizewinners’ Concert will feature exceptional playing from two former winners of the Junior 1st Prize; 19-year-old Kerson Leong (1st Prize in Oslo 2010) and 16-year-old Rennosuke Fukuda (1st Prize in Austin 2014).

Grandson and trustee, Aaron Menuhin  says: “Witnessing these young violinists play is always a revelation and the Menuhin Competition encompasses many things my grandfather believed in. So I am delighted that Lark Insurance is to sponsor the Junior Prizewinners’ Concert, as Yehudi was devoted to encouraging young musicians to grow and thrive with their instruments. When witnessing them play at the Menuhin Competition one cannot help but repeat what Einstein said upon hearing my grandfather play: "And now I know there is a God in heaven".

We are proud to be part of such an iconic competition, and we look forward to supporting the talented competition entrants as they progress in their careers and step forth onto the world stage.  

Kerson Leong (violin)*
Rennosuke Fukuda (violin)**
Gordon Back (piano)

Royal Academy of Music
Duke’s Hall
Marylebone Road

For just £10, you will be able to enjoy an evening of exceptional playing with two former winners of the Junior 1st Prize.

Kerson Leong

Kerson Leong gained international recognition in 2010 at the age of 13 when he won the Junior First Prize at the Menuhin Competition in Oslo. He won the Young Soloist Prize 2015 of the Radios Francophones Publiques. He is also the Grand Prize winner of the Stepping Stone 2014 and a five-time Grand Prize winner (2005-2009) at the Canadian Music Competition. In 2013, he won the National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition, as well as First Prize at the OSM Standard Life Competition.

He has appeared as soloist with such ensembles as the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, I Solisti Veneti, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, l’Orchestre Métropolitain, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.  He recently made his debut at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and at Wigmore Hall in London.  An avid chamber musician, he has performed at many international music festivals in Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Canada. 

He is currently an Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium mentored by Augustin Dumay.  He recently received the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award 2015.  Kerson was named Revelation Radio-Canada 2014-2015 for classical music.

He performs on c.1728-30 Guarneri del Gesu courtesy of Canimex Inc, Drummondville (Quebec), Canada.

Rennosuke Fukuda

The 16-year-old Japanese Violinist, Rennosuke Fukuda, has been described by The Violin Channel as “quickly building an international reputation as a young virtuoso of outstanding potential”.

Rennosuke won the 2014 Junior Division of the Menuhin Competition for young violinists in Austin, TX, USA, which earned him the honour of playing with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Other performances of note include those with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra and Okayama Philharmonic Orchestra.

International prizes that Rennosuke has won include the Reinhold Wurth Promotion Prize with the highest score in the 1st Age Group and the 2013 Sonderpreis “Virtuoz” for best interpretation of a virtuoso piece in the 15th International Kloster Schontal violin competition in Germany.

Rennosuke has performed under the direction of a number of renowned conductors that include Giancarlo Guerrero, Kazuki Yamada, Seikyo Kim.

Having studied with professors Machie Oguri and Keiko Urushihara in Japan, Rennosuke began studying with professors Pavel Vernikov and Svetlana Makarova in Sion, Switzerland, in September 2015.