Zachary Brandon United States, 22, Senior

Zachary Brandon studies with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. He is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions including the International Stradivarius Violin Competition, the Cooper International Competition and the International Stulberg Competition. Zachary has collaborated with lauded musicians such as pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and acclaimed oboist Ramòn Ortega. He has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the New World Symphony, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and the Battle Creek Symphony amongst others. In 2019, Zachary was a semi-finalist at the Montreal International Violin Competition.

“I am very grateful and excited to have the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Menuhin Competition 2020! When I competed previously, I made many new friends and had the most amazing time in Geneva. The Menuhin Competition gave me the opportunity to play in a masterclass for Maxim Vengerov, my favorite violinist, which was simply incredible! The Menuhin Competition is not simply a competition to me - this remarkable program nurtures competitors and inspires growth, both as musicians and as people. The Competition holds a special place in my heart as it has helped me improve immensely in a multitude of ways, from watching my brilliant colleagues perform to hearing the distinguished jury's most insightful comments, I received both motivation and encouragement to seek the best within myself. I cannot wait to participate in the Menuhin Competition again this year in Richmond, Virginia! ”