KENDALL NATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION 2020

Entry form available soon

The 21st Kendall National Violin Competition is now open.

Prizes

Competition Category A (born after January 1 2002)

First Prize: A Concert Violin made by Luthier Michal Prokop to the value of AU$12,000

Second Prize AU$2,000

Third Prize AU$1,000

Audience Prize (to be awarded to one of the finalists) AU$750

Competition Category B (born after January 1 1995 and before January 1 2002)

First Prize AU$7,500

Second Prize AU$3,000

Third Prize AU$1,500

Fourth Prize AU$1,000

Audience Prize (to be awarded to one of the finalists) AU$750

Conditions & Repertoire

Eligibility

Young violinists who are citizens or residents of Australia may apply to compete. Age restrictions apply to the categories of competition as detailed below.

Registration

Competitors should apply to compete by 19 October 2020. The application forms must be accompanied by a copy of their birth certificate or passport and a recording of their performance of the first round repertoire on CD or USB and an application fee of $120. The recording should be in mp3 or other audio-file format (eg. wav. files).  The repertoire needs to be separated in tracks and individual tracks/files must not be edited. Judges for round 1 recordings will audition recordings anonymously. The recording should not contain any information or features which could identify the competitor to the judges.

Please note that the Competition will not return the recording to the competitor.

Competition Category A (violinists born after January 1 2002)

Round 1 Repertoire

a) A caprice by Wieniawski

b) One of the following works to be performed with piano accompaniment

     1) Beethoven, Romance F major op 50

     2) Beethoven Romance G major op 40

     3) Dvorak, Romance f minor op 11

     4) Mozart, Adagio E major K 261

 

c) One of the following movements from a Concerto for Violin and Orchestra to be performed with piano accompaniment

     1) Allegro Assai (Third Movement) from J. S. Bach, Concerto in a minor BWV 1041

     2) Allegro Assai (Third Movement) from J. S. Bach, Concerto in E major BWV 1042

     3) Finale: Presto from J. Haydn, Concerto C major Hob VIIa/1

 

Semi-Final Repertoire  

A program of works not exceeding 25 minutes total performance time including

a) One of the following movements from a Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra to be performed with piano accompaniment

     1) Andante from J. S. Bach, Concerto in a minor BWV 1041

     2) Adagio from J. S. Bach, Concerto in E major BWV 1042

     3) Adagio from J. Haydn, Concerto C major Hob VIIa/1

 

b) A short virtuosic work with piano accompaniment (other than a caprice) by Wieniawski, Vieuxtemps, Sarasate, Saint-Saens or Paganini. No concerto movements are permissible.

c) One of the following Kendall National Violin Competition Watermark Compositions

     1) Jonathon Mui, Rhapsody No 2 or

     2) Emma Greenhill, Paper Boats

 

Final Repertoire

a) One of the following Violin concerti in their entirety (performed with the Kendall String Academy ensemble)

     1) J. S. Bach, Concerto in a minor BWV 1041

     2) J. S. Bach, Concerto in E major BWV 1042

     3) J. Haydn, Concerto C major Hob VIIa/1

b) A short virtuosic work with piano accompaniment (other than a caprice) by Wieniawski, Vieuxtemps, Sarasate, Saint-Saens or Paganini. No concerto movements are permissible. Repertoire from Semi-finals can be repeated

Competition Category B (violinists born after January 1 1995 and before January 1 2002)

Round 1 Repertoire

a) Two contrasting movements from a Bach Solo-Sonata or Partita

b) A short 19th or 20th century complete virtuosic work. Concerto movements are not permissible

c) One movement from a major Sonata for Violin and Piano

Semi-final Repertoire

Competitors should prepare a recital program not exceeding 30 minutes including:

a) Two contrasting movements from a Bach Solo-Sonata or Partita

b) A short 19th or 20th century complete virtuosic work. Concerto movements are not permissible

c) A movement from a major Sonata for Violin and Piano

Final Repertoire
Competitors should prepare a recital program including
 

a) One movement from a Bach Solo-Sonata or Partita

  1. A major Sonata for Violin and Piano

  2. A short 19th or 20th century virtuosic work. Concerto movements are not permissible

  3. The 2020 Watermark Prize composition for violin solo/ violin and piano. 

 

Semi finals and Finals

The semi-finals will be held in Sydney on October 18 2020 as a public performance at the Conservatorium of Music. The Finals of the Competition will be held at the Kendall School of Arts, Kendall NSW on March 6-7 2021.

Competitors must appear in person.

The competition will invite a maximum number of six semi-finalists (category A) and seven semi-finalists (category B) from the auditions in round 1 and a maximum of three (category A) and four (category B) competitors to participate in the Final following the semi-finals. The competition reserves the right to invite an additional player in each category on a reserve list for any round.  Candidates will be advised about their participation in the semi-final in September 2020.

Candidates for the semifinals must perform with a pianist where required. The competition will provide pianist(s) for the semifinal round and will co-ordinate rehearsal schedules in discussion with semifinalists following their invitation.

Candidates will be advised about their participation in the finals immediately following the semi-finals on October 18 2020. The Final will be held as a public performance in Kendall NSW on March 6-7 2021.. Competitors resident in NSW will receive a contribution of $200 towards travel expenses. Residents from outside NSW will receive a contribution of $400. Accommodation in Kendall will be arranged in consultation with finalists.

The competition will engage a pianist for the finals of the competition. Finalists should arrive in Kendall on Friday March 5 to be able to rehearse with the Kendall String Academy (category A) and pianist (category A/ B) for the competition. Alternatively, finalists must discuss travel arrangements to enable rehearsal with the competition’s pianist(s) in Sydney in the day/s before the finals.

The winners of the first prizes of the Competition should be available to perform in a celebration concert on Sunday 7th of March 2021 in Kendall.

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