KNVC Finals
Saturday 17 September 2016
Kendall School of Arts

The judges are Carl Pini, Ole Bohn and Charles Stegeman
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Mavis Barnes 02 6559 4339

Celebration Concert
Sunday 18 September 2016 Kendall School of Arts
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Harry Bennetts
Winner Recital
Manors of Mosman, Sydney TBA

Joanathon Mui
Jonathan Mui's Rhapsody No 2 - the compulsory piece for the KNVC finals in September 2016
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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
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Kendall National Violin Competition Inc
PO Box 86 Kendall 2439

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KNVC Finalists 2016

Zoe Freisberg
Zoe Freisberg
Gemma Lee
Gemma Lee
Kyla Matsuura-Miller
Kyla Matsuura-Miller
Yebin Yoo
Yebin Yoo


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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