Kendall National Violin Competition 2022
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2022 Important Competition Dates

October 24 2022

Applications must be received 

December 11 2022

Semi-finals, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

March 4-5 2023

Finals, Kendall School of Arts

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. 

The Caldersmith Papers

Writings on Guitar and Violin Acoustics

Graham Caldersmith was one of the world’s leading researchers into stringed musical instrument acoustics. He combined this understanding with great practical skill, constructing the very finest classical guitars and instruments of the violin family. 

The Caldersmith Papers brings together a lifetime of research into the way guitars and violins work and make musical sounds. The book brings together 33 articles written between the late 1970s and early 2000s that were originally published in American Lutherie, the Catgut Acoustical Society Newsletter, the Journal of Guitar Acoustics, Acoustics Australia, The Strad and other journals.

Caldersmith's research was highly thought of worldwide and he was able to explain complex ideas on musical instrument acoustics in a way accessible to the non-technically trained, while at the same time publishing peer-reviewed papers in major acoustics journals in Australia, the United States and Europe. This was in addition to building more than 200 guitars, 116 violins, 60 violas and 38 cellos, pioneering the use of Australian timbers in many of them.

An introductory chapter, with the Table of Contents and a biography of Graham is available at McDonald Strings MusicBook Press

RP is A$35 for the print version, plus $15 postage, 

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A Tribute to Alice Waten (1947-2022)


The Sydney Conservatorium mourns the passing of Prof Alice Waten (1947-2022) and celebrates her work and life. Alice Waten was one of the most important and successful violin teachers in Australia in the past five decades. As a professor of violin at the Sydney Conservatorium she powerfully transformed lives and artistic possibilities of students and colleagues with passion, mastery and imagination. A leader in violin pedagogy her work received consistent international recognition.

Colleagues and students remember and celebrate the artist-teacher and intellectual Alice Waten on Sunday, October 30 at 11 am at Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Former students and colleagues of Alice Waten are invited to submit tributes in written or video format directly. If you want to contribute to the memory of Alice Waten’s life and work, please write to- or record a short video (up to 3 minutes) and send this to Goetz Richter (Sydney Conservatorium, goetz.richter@sydney.edu.au) by October 20 2022.

The tribute on October 30 at the Conservatorium will also feature a performance by a violin ensemble of Shostakovitch’s “Romance”. Former students of Alice Waten are specially invited to participate in this. To register an interest to perform please contact goetz.richter@sydney.edu.au

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