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.



String Festival
22 – 26 February

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Details of full program here

Winner’s Recitals

20 May

12 June
Closing Round 1

22 July

5 August

15 September

16 September
Celebration Concert

17 September
Schools Concerts

28 October

Profits from the Kendall PhiloMusica project support the Kendall National Violin Competition.

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