Minah Choe

Kendall PhiloMusica @ Kendall School of Arts

Sunday May 17 2015
11.30 The many possibilities of music
2 pm Jeanell Carrigan, piano, Goetz Richter, violin, Minah Choe, cello perform works by Bach, Schumann, Kodaly, von Webern and Mozart

Tickets $30 (attendance at 11.30 talk free with concert ticket)

Afternoon tea is provided after the concert and an opportunity to talk with the musicians - contributions toward the catering would be appreciated.

Bookings:  or phone Mavis Barnes 02 6559 4339
PO Box 86, Kendall NSW 2439

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Philomusica 2015 Series

The very popular 2015 PhiloMusica concert and philosophy series will begin with a wonderfully rich program featuring a star performer.

One of Australia’s most accomplished cellists will feature in a concert on May 17 at 2 pm at the Kendall School of Arts.  Born in Korea and growing up in Australia, Minah Choe’s talent as a musical performer was recognised at an early age.  She received enthusiastic support and generous scholarships to enable her to study in Sydney, Melbourne and at Indiana University in the US.  Her career includes performances as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.  World renowned cellist, Janos Starker, has described Minah as a “cellist of rare talent with a personality and musicianship to match it.”

Minah Choe features as part of the Kendall PhiloMusica series which includes a pre-concert talk exploring the relationship between music and philosophy.

The event on May 17 explores the many possibilities of music and features a varied program of works from three centuries. Goetz Richter, founder and presenter of Kendall PhiloMusica outlines the topic: “Music has such rich possibilities, there is such a diversity of music and such a diversity of ways to enjoy and listen to music.  How do the people who write and make music develop this richness?  I think we are always fascinated by the way creativity works – music is no exception and we are looking forward to bringing thoughts and sounds to the Kendall audience that will enrich our understanding of how music affects our lives and why it is such an important art.”

Tickets for the performance on May 17 at 2 pm at the Kendall School of Arts are $30 (including complimentary attendance at the pre-concert talk at 11.30 am).  Profits from the Kendall PhiloMusica series will benefit the Kendall National Violin Competition.

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The Kendall National Violin Competition invites outstanding young Australian Composers (max. age 25 years on January 1 2015) to compete for its Watermark Composition Prize gifted to the competition by the Watermark Literary Society.
The Watermark Composition Prize of $ 2000 will be awarded for a composition for Violin Solo or Violin and Piano of a maximum duration of seven minutes. The winning entry will feature as the competition’s compulsory Australian work in the final round of the competition in September 2015 and will be performed by all four finalists of the competition. The submitted work must not have been previously performed in public.

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One of the most exciting events on the Australian music calendar is the annual Kendall National Violin Competition.

The Competition’s history dates from 1999 when renowned Australian luthier Graham Caldersmith made the generous offer to donate a concert violin each year as a prize. Young violinists (maximum age 23 on 1 January) who are citizens or residents of Australia are invited to compete for this fine instrument which is made from Australian timbers.

Kendall, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, has a history of timber milling as well as many areas of scenic forest preserves and nature reserves. The village is named for Australian poet, Henry Kendall, who was also the first NSW Inspector of Forests. In recognition of this most appropriate use of Australian timber. Forestry Corporation of NSW, a division of the Department of Primary Industry, has sponsored the Competition since its inception.

Many of the approximately 150 young violinists who have competed to date, particularly past winners and finalists, have gone on to major achievements in Australia and overseas.

The Competition is administered by a small committee of volunteers under the Artistic Directorship of Violinist Goetz Richter, Associate Professor of Violin at the Conservatorium of Sydney.

Since 2004, semifinals have been held as public performances in Sydney. The final is always held in Kendall, the home of the Competition.

Graham Caldersmith carving a violin scroll
Luthier Graham Caldersmith carving a scroll

Goetz Richter
Goetz Richter

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