The First Prize violin has arrived from the UK

A very beautiful violin, first prize for the competition (Category A) has arrived – a superb instrument by master luthier Michal Prokop and created in memoriam Graham Caldersmith from Australian timbers (King William Pine,  Australian Blackwood and Australian Gidgee).

See Goetz Richter unpack it:

Dazzling finalists perform in the Kendall National Violin Competition

Saturday, March 6 (commencing at 3 pm)

Four superb young violinists, Dominic Azzi, David Carreon, Mark Chen and Tim Yu will compete for an array of prizes with a program featuring sonatas, solos and a short new work,  “Microsonata II” written for the competition by Elizabeth Younan, winner of the Watermark Composition Prize in 2020.


Sunday, March 7 (commencing 11 am)

Three amazing young violinists, Hugh Matthews, Grace Wu and Teresa Yan, will perform concerti by Haydn and Bach, a virtuoso work with piano and with the Kendall Festival String Orchestra directed by the director of the competition, Goetz Richter. 

The distinguished panel of judges is Professor Michele Walsh (Brisbane), Professor Roger Benedict (Sydney) and internationally renowned German violinist Daniel Roehn. 

Sunday March 7 (commencing at 2.30 pm)

The competition finals will conclude with a performance of competition highlights in a grand finale and Celebration Concert on March 7 at 2.30 pm.

The weekend of performances  is supported by pianists Jeanell Carrigan and Alexander Yau.


Monday March 8

The Kendall Festival String Academy Orchestra, under the direction of Artistic Director Goetz Richter, will perform for schools in Kendall and Heron’s Creek,  an opportunity generously made possible by the Kendall Community Op Shop.

Event Summary and Bookings

Finals Category B, March 6 – 3 pm

Finals Category A, March 7 – 11 am

Grand Finale and Celebration Concert – March 7 – 2.30 pm

For further information and enquiries please contact Mavis Barnes ( or 6559 4339)

Kendall National Violin Competition Story

The Kendall National Violin Competition celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018 and has established itself as one of Australia’s foremost performance opportunities for young violinists. Past finalists and winners of the Kendall National Violin Competition have embarked on impressive careers and the Competition is proud to have encouraged these talented artists on their way.


The Kendall National Violin Competition is supported by many generous supporters of the Hastings, Camden Haven and Mid North Coast communities and is administered by an honorary management committee based in Kendall.


Please support the competition with your donation. The Kendall National Violin Competition is a registered charity and donations are tax deductible. 


KNVC Finals

Kendall School of Arts, Kendall

Sat March 6 (3 pm)

Category B

(violinists born after Jan 1 1995 and before Jan 1 2002)

Dominic Azzi | David Carreon | Mark Chen | Tim Yu



Sunday March 7 (11am)

Category A

(violinists born after Jan 1 2002)

Hugh Matthews  | Grace Wu | Teresa Yang


Sunday March 7 (2.30 pm)

Celebration Concert


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