Two Norwegians in international violin competition

Eldbjørg Hemsing and David Coucheron are contestants in this year's Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists – the world's leading competition for violinists under the age of 22. Opening night of the competition is 26 March at Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music.

26/03/2004 :: The Menuhin Competition is a biennial competition for violin open to participants of all nationalities and comprising two age groups: Juniors (up to 15 years of age) and Seniors (16 to 21 years of age).


  • 26 March - Opening night of the competition
  • 27/28 March - Senior 1st round
  • 29/30 March - Junior 1st round
  • 31 March - Senior Semi-finals
  • 2 April - Junior Finals Part 1
  • 2 April - Junior Finals Part 2
  • 3 April - Senior Finals


Eldbjørg Hemsing (14) is from Aurdal in Norway. Eldbjørg studies with Richard Kraggerud at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo. In 2003 Eldbjørg won 1st prize at the Kocian International Violin Competition in the Czech Republic as well as two national violin competititons in Norway.  She has performed as soloist with numerous professional Norwegian orchestras and also with the Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra and the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Ohio. Eldbjørg has participated in the prestigious chamber music festivals of Oslo and Stavanger.

David Coucheron (20) is currently studying in the USA. David performed with the Minsk Chamber Orchestra at the age of five and has since appeared with all the major Norwegian symphony orchestras. His many prizes include 1st prize and Special prize at the Hohenlohe Kulturstiftung Competition, Germany in 1999. David has been studying with Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia since 2000. In 2002 David gave a full recital at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC and released his first CD together with his sister Julie at the piano.

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Eldbjørg Hemsing

David Coucheron