2015 Kendall National Violin Competition

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2015 Watermark Composition Prize

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Taree-based luthier, Michal Prokop, commissioned to make the violin for the 2015 competition

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Assoc Professor Goetz Richter
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Sydney University NSW 2006


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2015 Watermark Composition Prize

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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