Joanathon Mui
Jonathan Mui - Watermark Composition Winner
Download Jonathon Mui's Rhapsody No. 2 here

Joan Levy
Joan Levy Memorial Award

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Philomusica 2015 Series

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

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ABC Young Performer of the Year Award

Forestry Corporation

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Past Winner Updates

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Kendall National Violin Competition Information

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


Douglas Head


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

Congratulations Graham Caldersmith on Receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia

Graham was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day honours list for service to musical instrument making. Read more

2015 Kendall National Violin Competition Results

Harry Bennetts and Michal Prokop
Harry Bennetts and Michal Prokop

Congratulations to all finalists

Harry Bennetts - Winner and Audience Choice
Jimmy Park - Australian composition
Nicholas Waters - Bach Performance
Tiffany Cheng - Sonata Performance

2015 Kendall National Violin Competition
2015 has attracted the largest field of applicants to the competition and the invited young violinists are very diverse and individual. We are looking forward to enjoying exciting porformances by these talented young musicians. Previous participants and winners of the competition are achieving much international Success and the KNVC is pleased to continue its support of the careers of so many of Australia's finest violinsts.

Goetz Richter, Artists Director

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.

Michal Prokop
Michal Prokop - Luthier

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

Goetz Richter
Goetz Richter

Donald Hazelwood
New Patron - Donald Hazelwood


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