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Menuhin Competition reveals the 44 young violinists accepted for 2018 edition / The Strad

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The Menuhin Competition has today revealed the 44 young violinists who made it through the pre-selection process to be accepted for its 2018 edition, taking place in Geneva. The competition received 317 applications for the 44 positions available across junior and senior categories. The announcement notes that participants come from 16 countries and five continents, representing 17 nationalities, with 46% from Asia, 35% from USA, 15% from Europe and 4% from the rest of the world. Brazil and Slovenia will be represented by competitors for the first time in the Menuhin Competition's history, and the average age of participants has dropped to 15 for the first time, with the youngest aged ten and the oldest 21.

Founded by Yehudi Menuhin in 1983, the competition is separated into a Junior Division, open to violinists aged between 11 and 15, and Senior Division for ages 16 to 22. Over 90% of participants began playing the violin before the age of five and average age across junior and senior categories has dropped to 15 for the first time, with the youngest aged ten and oldest 21 Previous prize winners include Tasmin Little, Nikolaj Znaider, Ilya Gingolts, Julia Fischer, Ray Chen, Chad Hoopes, Stephen Waarts and Callum Smart.

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