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J & A Beare sponsors the Menuhin Competition London 2016

Many congratulations to all of the participants and prize winners in this year’s Menuhin Competition!

J & A Beare was delighted to be a Festival Partner of the competition in its centenary year, facilitating the loans of two Golden Period Stradivari violins.

Ziyu He, 16, from China was the young talented violinist to win the First Prize of the Senior Section. He was presented with the 1715 ‘Schneiderhan’ Stradivari violin, on loan for one year from a generous Patron of the Beare’s International Violin Society. In addition he will receive £10,000 and will be rewarded with a number of important European performance opportunities. Find out more about the violin here in our recent video with Maxim Vengerov.

As part of a brand new prize for outstanding potential, 13-year-old American/Japanese violinist and Junior Competitor Kevin Miura will also be loaned a Golden Period Stradivari violin for 18 months. The loan was made possible by the generosity of Jonathan Moulds CBE from the Jonathan Moulds Collection and was also facilitated by the Beare’s International Violin Society.

A number of participants from the competition joined us one morning for breakfast and the chance to play some great Cremonese and Venetian instruments by Stradivari, Guarneri and others. After a talk by one of our luthiers, Alexandre Valois, some of the young participants played on four Stradivari violins for some impromptu quartets.

We were also delighted to welcome the 2016 jury to our shop one evening for a small reception and the opportunity to view and play a selection of fine instruments.

For the full list of Prize Winners, please visit The next Menuhin Competition London 2016 will take place in Geneva from 12-22 April 2018.