Commissioning a violin from Michael Prokop is a realisation of the Kendall National Violin Competition's vision to promote young, accomplished and dedicated Australian makers as well as our rising stars and virtuosi. I sincerely welcome this young colleague to share the inspiring experience of this competition and the challenge of making violins of excellence. While violin making is necessarily a solitary work, the collaboration of makers who are passionate about skill and knowledge is essential to building a national tradition of instrument making in Australia. The Kendall National Violin Competition is just the kind of enterprise to promote this aspiration.
Forestry Corporation of NSW has had a long association with the Kendall community. The fortunes of both are tied to a vital and innovative future for Australian timbers. This is embodied in the final form those Australian timbers take in the superb instruments fashioned by Graham Caldersmith.
The values of the region’s timber products have been increased over time. They are on show to the world in such diverse places as Parliament House in Canberra, in the walls and floors of countless homes around New South Wales, and in things of such intrinsic beauty as violins and other musical instruments.
Forestry Corporation of NSW is proud that our now thirteen year association with the Kendall National Violin Competition has encouraged and rewarded many young violinists and at the same time showcased the multiple values of fine timber, fine instruments and blossoming young musical talent.
Australian Solar Timbers is very proud to have been a founding sponsor of this important national Competition. We were attracted to it as it fosters our most gifted young musicians and recognises the importance of interacting with our regional communities. It remains a privilege to be associated with such a visionary and effective organizing committee as well as the extraordinary craftsmanship and generosity of Graham Caldersmith.
Bill and I are pleased to be able to contribute in a small way to the ongoing success of this wonderful competition.
Profits from the Kendall PhiloMusica project support the Kendall National Violin Competition.