KNVC Semi Finals

Saturday 2nd August
Sydney Conservatorium of Music

KNVC Finals

Saturday 12th September
Kendall School of Arts

Joanathon MuiJonathon Mui - Watermark Composition Winner

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Joan Levy
Joan Levy Memorial Award

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Philomusica 2015 Series

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2015 Watermark Composition Prize

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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

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Kendall National Violin Competition Information

Assoc Professor Goetz Richter
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2015 Kendall National Violin Competition Semi-Finalists

The semi-finalists for the 2015 Kendall National Violin Competition are Harry Bennetts, Sarah Chang, Tiffany Cheng, Josephine Chung, Mitzi Gardner, Jimmy Park, Nicholas Waters and Rollin Zhao.

The semi finals are on Sunday 2nd August at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Finals are Saturday 12th September at the Kendall School of Arts in Kendall on the NSW Mid North Coast.

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2015 Kendall National Violin Competition
Round 1 Judges

Carl Pini, Marianne Broadfoot, Lerida Delbridge
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The Kendall National Violin Competition is pleased to announce Jonathan Mui as the recipient of the Competition’s Watermark Composition Prize gifted to the competition by the Watermark Literary Society.

The judges  of the competition, composers Paul Stanhope, violinist Ole Bohn and violinist-composer Georges Lentz, whose decision was independent and unanimous, praised Mui’s winning entry for its idiomatic nature, its fine structure and stylistic creativity.  

The composition Prize of $2000 was contested by ten composers from around Australia who submitted a composition for either Violin Solo or Violin and Piano of a maximum duration of seven minutes. Entries must have specially written for the competition and would not have been performed in public.

Mui’s Rhapsody No 2 will feature in the final round of this year’s Kendall National Violin Competition when it will be performed by all finalists on September 12 in Kendall.


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
Goetz Richter

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