Ziyu He, aged 16, born in Qingdao, China,


has won First Prize in the Senior Section of the Menuhin Competition, open to violinists up to the age of 21.

The SENIOR First Prize Winner of the MENUHIN COMPETITION LONDON 2016 is 16 year old ZIYU HE from China. Against all the odds ZIYU, the ONE AND ONLY BOY in the Senior Competition out of the 22 Competitors, beat off fierce competition from the 21 girls competing!

Ziyu He was born in Qingdao, China and began the violin aged 5 with Professor Xiangrong Zhang. Since 2011 he has studied at the University Mozarteum and Leopord Mozart Institute, under the tutelage of Professor Paul Roczek for violin, and since 2014 viola with Professor Thomas Riebl. He won the 2014 Eurovision Young Musicians, the Instrumental Wettbewerb Markneukirchen and the 1st Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians in 2015.

A 1-year loan from the Beare’s International Violin Society of the glorious Golden period Antonio Stradivari violin, ‘Schneiderhan’ (Cremona, 1715) and £10,000. But it is the major concert opportunities that come with winning the MENUHIN COMPETITION LONDON 2016 that will catapult ZIYU onto the classical music world stage. This year, the extraordinarily talented young violinist will perform recitals including the Harrogate International Festival (21/7) and the Petworth Festival (22/7). On the 7 August ZIYU will perform with the Gstaad Festival Orchestra at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad with many more exciting concerts through to 2019.


1st Prize Winner – Ziyu He, 16, China (A. Dvorak Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 53)
2nd Prize Winner – SongHa Choi, 16, South Korea (S. Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op. 19)
3rd Prize Winner – Yu-Ting Chen, 20, Taiwan (F. Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64)
4th Prize Winner – Jeein Kim, 20, South Korea (S. Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op. 19)

The jury of nine was chaired by American violinist Pamela Frank; with five former laureates Julia Fischer, Ray Chen, Tasmin Little, Ning Feng and Joji Hattori. Menuhin’s son and pianist Jeremy Menuhin, Korean violinist Dong-Suk Kang and director of the Verbier Festival Martin Engstroem. The Finals of the Senior section of the MENUHIN COMPETITION LONDON 2016 took place at Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall.

The MENUHIN COMPETITION is delighted to announce that their next Competition will be held in GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, 12-22 April 2018 – the MENUHIN COMPETITION GENEVA 2018.

More information at http://menuhincompetition.org/

Original press release written by www.dgpr.co.uk