Samao musicians

Kendall String Project
@ The Kendall School of Arts

Workshops 16-19 February
Concert 19 February
Kendall School of Arts

Details here

Further information
Mavis Barnes 6559 4339
Goetz Richter
+61 404 407 686
Detailed program of activities
Harry Bennetts
Harry Bennetts
Winner of the 2016 ANAM Concerto Competition
and first musician from ANAM to win a two year residency at the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy

ABC Radio National at the Finals

Stream or podcast it from the ABC website from Tuesday 4th October

Forestry Corporation

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Kendall National Violin Competition Information

Assoc Professor Goetz Richter
Sydney Conservatorium
Building C41
Sydney University NSW 2006

President & Artistic Director

Goetz Richter


Mavis Barnes
Ph 02 6559 4339

Competitor Coordinator

Fran Bec
Ph 02 6582 0868

Kendall School of Arts
Kendall School of Arts
More information about Kendall

Kendall National Violin Competition Inc
PO Box 86 Kendall 2439

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KNVC 2016 Results

Zoe Freisberg
Zoe Freisberg
Goetz Richetr and Zoe Freisberg
Goetz Richter &
Zoe Freisberg

Congratulations to the 4 KNVC finalists.

Zoe Freisberg was the overall winner, taking the prize violin, the Peter Lee Prize and the Joan Levy Memorial Award

Kyla Matsuura-Miller won the Audience Choice Award as well as the Sonata prize In Memoriam Richard Pollett

Gemma Lee won Best Performance of Bach

Yebin Yoo won Best Performance of an Australian work


For almost two decades the Kendall National Violin Competition has forged a major opportunity for artistic development for young violinists in Australia. Past finalists and winners 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.

Michal Prokop
Michal Prokop - Luthier

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

Goetz Richter
Goetz Richter

Donald Hazelwood
Patron - Donald Hazelwood


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