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
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
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