Yeijin Min
2014 Winner in Concert

Saturday 21st March - Nambucca Heads - 2pm

Sunday 22 March - Kendall- 2pm

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The 2014 winner of the Kendall National Violin Competition, Yejin Min, returns to the mid-north coast for recitals in Nambucca Heads on March 21 and Kendall on March 22. The competition and recitals are made possible through the generous support of Forestry Corporation of NSW and the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce.

Currently a scholarship student at the Sydney Conservatorium, nineteen year old Yejin Min has been successful at a number of competitions before her win in Kendall in 2014 including first prize at the International Animato Violin competition in Brisbane. In September 2014 she won the admiration of the international judging panel in Kendall’s School of Arts when she received the first prize of a stunning Graham Caldersmith violin after dazzling the audience with a bravura display of virtuosity. Yejin will perform with pianist Jeanell Carrigan in a program of Sonatas by Mozart and Ravel and romantic masterworks by Kreisler, Dvorak and Ysaye.

Goetz Richter, Chair of Strings at the Sydney Conservatorium and Artistic Director of the Kendall National Violin Competition comments enthusiastically about Yejin Min’s artistry:  “Yejin is a superbly gifted and charismatic violinist. She is a truly excellent musician- we are so thrilled to be able to present young musicians like her with the ongoing support of the Forestry Corporation of NSW, who have sponsored the Kendall National Violin competition since its inception in 1999.”

Forestry Corporation of NSW CEO Nick Roberts said Forestry Corporation of NSW was proud to be associated with a competition that has uncovered so much Australian talent.
“Kendall has a long history in forestry and each year that is celebrated when the winner of the Kendall National Violin Competition receives a violin that has been hand-crafted from Australian timber. Many past winners have gone on to great success sharing their talent and the unique sound of an Australian timber violin with the world,” Mr Roberts said”


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
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