The Menuhin Competition is operated by the Menuhin Competition Trust, a UK-registered charity, its Board and a small and dedicated team of London-based staff. It has close links to the Menuhin family with Yehudi Menuhin’s daughter Zamira Menuhin-Benthall as its Life Patron and Menuhin’s grandson Aaron as Trustee.
President – Joji Hattori
Joji Hattori is one of the leading Japanese musicians of his generation and has enjoyed a very varied career as a musician, firstly as a concert violinist, an activity which has developed into directing chamber orchestras, conducting symphony orchestras and finally operas. He started playing the violin at the age of five and studied with Yehudi Menuhin and Vladimir Spivakov. Joji won the Senior 1st Prize in the 1989 edition of the Menuhin Competition.
Chairman – H.S.H. Prince Etienne d’Arenberg
Etienne d’Arenberg, born in 1967, has been a Limited Partner at Mirabaud since 2011. He joined the group in 1999 and in 2016, he took over the management of the UK market for the group and sits on the board of Mirabaud Europe Ltd, the European bank of the group. He also sits on the board of his own family’s Family Office. He sits on or chairs several charity boards, most notably linked to music, in Switzerland, Europe and United Kingdom. He speaks French, English, German and Italian fluently and has knowledge of Spanish and Dutch.
Trustee – Farad Azima
Farad Azima is a tech entrepreneur and founder of a number of successful UK technology businesses. These include the biomedical and healthcare group NetScientific plc (now run by Sir Richard Sykes FRS), the Audio Engineering group NXT plc, Cyrus Electronics and Mission Electronics. Farad has led a number of international M&As as well as two IPOs on the London Stock Exchange, and is currently running the CetroMed Group in biomedical research and new drugs development. He has been awarded a number of international patents for his innovative work in diverse areas of engineering, and enjoys strong links with various academic institutions in Europe and the United States. Farad has served on the Advisory Boards of Churchill College, Cambridge, and the Middle East Institute, London University. His charitable activities range from the Iran Heritage Foundation to the Menuhin Competition for young violinists.
Trustee – James Chau
James Chau is a writer and broadcaster. He was a guest presenter on BBC World News and a longtime anchor on China Central Television. He works extensively with the United Nations, as a Goodwill Ambassador for both the World Health Organization and UNAIDS. Born in London, he studied at the Royal Academy Music and Cambridge University. He is based in Hong Kong as Editor-at-Large of China-US Focus, an initiative of the China-United States Exchange Foundation.
Trustee – Duncan Greenland CBE
Venture capital investor, member of the Franco-British Council and Chair of Trustees of the Menuhin Competition Trust until 2018.
Trustee – Anna Cecilie Holst
Anna Holst is an international business woman and an experienced non executive corporate director in oil and gas offshore services, independent financial advisory services and investment management. She was a non-executive director of Scandinavian Asset Management and was a founding shareholder and non-executive director of Origio AS, a Danish Med-Tech company.
Trustee – Jantiene T. Klein Roseboom van der Veer
Jantiene has a portfolio career consisting of executive and non-executive directorships in the private, public and third sector. She has degrees in business administration and landscape architecture, and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and London Business School. She has held senior executive level positions with global responsibilities for marketing, corporate strategy, M&A, finance and capital markets in major companies, and was a partner of a leading capital markets advisory firm. She is MD of a landscape architectural practice and her current non-executive appointments include being Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Henri Moerel Foundation and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Menuhin Competition Trust and Bury Court Opera, reflecting her interests in the arts and music as a universal language, science and conservation, education and supporting a younger generation.
Trustee – Aaron Menuhin
Aaron Menuhin, grandson of Yehudi Menuhin, was born in Avignon in Southern France in 1982. He initially studied painting and drawing at the New York Studio School where he met his now wife who had studied opera singing at Julliard. He then put his artistic career on hold and completed an Msc in International Management with China at SOAS, a conversion law course (GDL) and LLM with BPP and co-founded the law firm Fairhurst Menuhin & Co in 2013 after working in private equity in Germany. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions. He joined the board of Trustees of the Menuhin Competition in 2015.
He has four children between the ages of 1 and 9 years. In the very little spare time he has left Aaron still occasionally paints. His family live in Munich and he currently commutes to the UK on a bi-weekly basis.
Trustee – Catriona Syed
Catriona is a solicitor who specialises in tax planning, trusts, philanthropy, charities and the resolution of potentially contentious issues arising out of wills, trusts and co-ownership of property for private clients and charities. She is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners and is regarded as a leader in her field by professional directories.