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The Menuhin Competition Jury Austin 2014

The Menuhin Competition is to date the only violin competition asking jury members to perform a concert and give a public masterclass thus offering outstanding education and entertainment to competitors and audiences alike.

This year's jury features three former Menuhin Prize winners and six jurors who have never been on the Menuhin jury panel before.


Pamela Frank (USA) - Chair of the Jury

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Pamela Frank has established an outstanding international reputation across an unusually varied range of performing activity. As a soloist she performed with leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Orchestre National de France, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. She is also a sought after chamber musician and has performed at many international festivals including Aldeburgh, Verbier, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Tanglewood, Marlboro and Ravinia. Aside from her devotion to works of the standard repertory, Frank has performed and recorded a number of contemporary works. Her accomplishments were recognized in 1999 with the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize. Pamela Frank is professor for violin at the Curtis Institute of Music. Full biography

Joji Hattori (Japan) - Vice Chair of the Jury

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Joji Hattori has studied at the Vienna Academy of Music and won 1st prize of the Menuhin Competition in 1989. He now enjoys a varied international career as concert violinist, chamber musician, director of chamber orchestras and more recently conductor of symphony orchestras and operas. He has been Associate Conductor of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra since 2004, Principal Resident Conductor of the Opera House in Erfurt, Germany (2007/08), Music Director of the Tokyo Ensemble and Music Director of the open-air Operetta Summer Festival at "Schloss Kittsee" in Austria. As guest conductor he regularly works with the Philharmonia Orchestra London, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Slovakian Philharmonic or the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra Japan. 2009 saw his debut at the Vienna State Opera with Mozart’s Magic Flute. Full biography

Olivier Charlier (France)

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Olivier Charlier's talent caught the attention of great artists such as Nadia Boulanger, Yehudi Menuhin and Henryk Szeryng. After winning several international competition, he was invited by national and international orchestras including the Orchestre National de France, Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. Charlier is an active recording artist and his discography testifies of a great eclecticism: Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Grieg, St Saëns, Lalo and several world premieres. Since attending the Marlboro Festival in his youth, Charlier is also an avid chamber musician. He is teaching violin at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Full biography

Ilya Gringolts (Russia)

Gringolts studied violin and composition in Saint Petersburg, followed by studies with Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School. He won the 1998 International Violin Competition "Premio Paganini" and was one of twelve young artists selected by the BBC for their New Generation Artists Programme. In recent years, Ilya Gringolts has performed all over Europe, Asia, North America and Australia as well as South Africa and Israel with leading orchestras. He is also in great demand as a recitalist. His repertoire runs the gamut from baroque to contemporary. As a chamber musician, he works with artists such as Yuri Bashmet, Lynn Harrell, Diemut Poppen, Vladimir Mendelssohn and Itamar Golan, and in 2008, he also founded the Gringolts Quartet. Besides his position as professor of violin at the Hochschule Basel, he is also a Violin International Fellow at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Full biography

David Kim (USA)

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David Kim, a student of Dorothy DeLay and winner of the International Tchaikovsky and Indianapolis Violin Competitions has been Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999. Kim was the founder and artistic director of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival at the University of Rhode Island until 2008. He appears as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra and numerous orchestras around the world. Kim worked with conductors including Myung Whun Chung, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Jurowski and Wolfgang Sawallisch. He also appears internationally at festivals such as MasterWorks (USA) and Pacific (Japan), and is a member of the Kumho Art Hall Chamber Music Society in Korea. A sought-after pedagogue, Kim presents masterclasses at renowned schools and institutions throughout the world.  He also regularly devotes his time to outreach programmes. Full biography

Brian Lewis (USA)

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A versatile and charismatic violinist, Brian Lewis is a dedicated and internationally acclaimed musician. His performances include concerto debuts in both New York's Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, as well as performances with a host of orchestras around the world. Lewis has recorded six CDs, most recently as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra. His recital appearances include performances across the United States, Australia, Canada, South America, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Europe. A highly respected educator, Mr. Lewis has received both the Texas Exes Teaching Award and The University of Texas School of Music Teaching Excellence Award. Lewis is known for his variety in programming and his ability to communicate with audiences of all ages. An advocate for music education in the schools, Lewis frequently presents concerts, workshops, and master classes. Full biography

LU Siqing (China)

Aged 11, Lu was invited by Yehudi Menuhin to study in London. In 1984 he returned to China and five years later went to the Juilliard School to study with Dorothy Delay. In 1987 he was the first Asian violinist to win 1st prize at the Paganini Competition in Italy. Acclaimed as one of the most outstanding Chinese violinists of his generation, he has performed in more than thirty countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia. Lu Siqing has worked with many of the world’s leading musicians including Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lawrence Foster, Osmo Vänskä and Yu Long. As soloist he has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras. A recording artist for Philips, Naxos and Marco Polo, his interpretation of the “Butterfly Lovers” violin concerto is widely considered the best and has sold well over a million copies worldwide. Full biography

Anton Nel (South Africa/US)

Anton Nel enjoys a remarkable and multifaceted career that has taken him to North and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. Highlights include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra and the symphonies of Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit and London. Internationally he has performed recitals in major concert halls in Canada, England, France, Holland, Japan, Korea, and South Africa. His recordings include four solo CDs, several chamber music recordings and works for piano and orchestra by Franck, Faure, and Saint-Saens.

Combining a teaching and performing career since his early twenties, Anton Nel was appointed as Professor of Piano and Chamber music at the University of Texas at Austin in September 2000, where he teaches an international class of students and heads the Division of Keyboard Studies. Full biography

Arabella Steinbacher (Germany)

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Arabella Steinbacher's career was launched in 2004, performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under Sir Neville Marriner. She has since firmly established herself as one of today's leading violinists on the international concert scene. Arabella Steinbacher is appearing with the leading international orchestras and has worked with leading conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowski, Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Her diverse repertoire includes more than thirty classical and contemporary concertos for violin. Recording exclusively for PentaTone Classics, she has been awarded two ECHO-Klassik Awards,  "Les Chocs du Mois" from Le Monde de la Musique, and two German Record Critics Awards as well as the prestigious Editors Choice Award from Grammophone magazine.