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Menuhin Contest gets Cleveland Orchestra upgrade

Those who feared the competition would vanish into a vortex in its next round in Austin, Texas, can breath a sigh of relief. The big boys (and girls) are coming out to play.



Cleveland Orchestra to Perform at Closing Ceremonies for

Menuhin Competition Austin 2014


AUSTIN, Texas, 17 April — The Cleveland Orchestra is announced to perform at the Closing Gala Concert for the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists in March 2014, hosted by the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. The Guardian hails The Cleveland Orchestra as “one of the world’s great ensembles.” It is one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world and will be performing at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.


Thanks to a generous donation from Robert F. Smith, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, the Cleveland Orchestra will perform in Austin for the first time since 1976. The concert will conclude the 10-day competition and festival of the violin that will be held at Bates Recital Hall, from 21 February to 2 March.


Gordon Back, Artistic Director of The Menuhin Competition says: “We are thrilled to have the Cleveland, a world-class orchestra, as part of the festivities for the 2014 competition. Performing with the Cleveland Orchestra will be an amazing opportunity for our prize winners and an inspiration for all our young musicians.”


The Menuhin Competition’s nine-member jury panel is composed of some of the top musicians in the international music community. Each will perform a concert and give a public master class. The panel is composed of Pamela Frank, chairwoman (U.S.); Joji Hattori, vice chair (Japan); Olivier Charlier (France); Ilya Gringolts (Russia); David Kim (U.S.); Lü Siqing (China); Arabella Steinbacher (Germany); and the Butler School of Music’s own Anton Nel (South Africa/U.S.) and Brian Lewis (U.S.).


Glenn Richter, interim director of The University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music, says the Menuhin Competition will increase Austin’s already rich standing as a classical music destination. “You may think of Austin as the home of South by Southwest, ‘Austin City Limits’ or even the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix race. Thanks to UT’s College of Fine Arts, Texas Performing Arts, the Long Center, the Austin Symphony and the Butler School of Music, Austin is also a hub of innovation and excellence in the fine arts and classical music,” says Richter.


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  1. Dario Landazuri says:

    I’m excited for this, as an Austin resident and violinist.

    I think the snark could be done without, Mr. Lebrecht.

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