Congratulations to the winners of yesterday's finals in Kendall. Read about the day

Dindin Wang

12 year old Dindin Wang won the 2018 Competition and received a beautiful violin, made from Australian tonewoods by Luthier, Michal Prokop; $1,000 - a winner’s award from the family of the late Dr Peter Lee and the Joan Levy Memorial Award of $4,000.

Johnny Van Gend Johnny van Gend won the Audience Choice award of $500, sponsored by Pentimento – North Haven, the Best Performance of Bach, $500 sponsored by Gillian Appleton and the Award for Excellence in Performance of the Sonata, $600, in Memorium of Richard Pollett , donated by an anonymous sponsor.
Gemma Lee Gemma Lee won the best Performance of an Australian Work - $500, sponsored by the Kendall Services & Citizens Club.


The Kendall National Violin Competition, which has established itself as an internationally noted event for talented young Australian musicians, will present its 20th annual national competition in Kendall in September this year.

This is a remarkable achievement and in no small part due to the many supporters of the Hastings, Camden Haven and mid North Coast communities and the wonderful honorary management committee based in Kendall.

The Kendall National Violin Competition has put Kendall on the musical map and it has made a big difference to the musical opportunities and enjoyment of so many: young Australian talent, youngsters of the Kendall and Heron’s Creek Community through its inspiring educational in-school concerts that are part of the Festival, young composers in Australia through its Watermark Composition prize, Australian violin making and of course audiences and music lovers, including community musicians of the mid-North Coast.

We are very proud to be able to present our 20th National competition in 2018. Past finalists and winners of the Kendall National Viollin Competition have embarked on impressive careers and the Competition is proud to have encouraged these talented artists on their way.


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.

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.



Luke Fischer
Poet Luke Fischer

4th November

Kendall School of Arts

1 pm Philosophical Reflections
The Musician

2 pm Poetry and Music Salon
Luke Fischer, poet
Goetz Richter, violin
Jeanell Carrigan, piano
Andrew London, horn
Works by Brahms, Janacek, Debussy and Korngold

Tickets $ 30 (attendance at 1 pm talk free with concert ticket)

Ticket Bookings: info@pentimento-northhaven.com  or phone Mavis Barnes 02-6559 4339, PO Box 86, Kendall NSW 2439

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