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Competition 2018 - 20 Years Kendall National Violin Competition
Last year was a milestone year for the Kendall National Violin Competition: For two decades our annual event has provided young, talented Australian violinists with a major opportunity for their artistic development. The honorary committee and I are immensely proud to have been part of the artistic growth of wonderful young musicians and privileged to see them progress towards impressive international careers over the years.

We are grateful to our many, faithful supporters and sponsors who have been part of this journey and who have been essential in providing this opportunity for such a long time. While the focus of the competition is on young musicians, it is the connection between their vision, the work of violin makers and the enthusiasm of the audience in Kendall and on the Mid North Coast that gives the competition its unique appeal and identity.

The main prize for 2018 was a violin commissioned from Michal Prokop, Michal received his training in the Czech Republic and in the United Kingdom before settling in Australia.  He continues the tradition of excellence created by Graham Caldersmith, one of the founders of the competition.

We invite you to be part of this exciting and inspiring year of celebration.
Goetz Richter, President & Artistic Director

21st Kendall National Violin Competition 2020




The 2020 Kendall National Violin Competition opens on November 1 2019. 

Applications close on June 1 2020. 



Young violinists currently resident in Australia may apply in the following categories

1. Junior Section, maximum age 17 on January 1 2020

2. Senior section, minimum age 17 and maximum age 24 on January 1 2020




Applications for the 21st competition will close on June 1 2020


First Round

The first round of the competition will be by recorded performance of specified repertoire. 


Second Round

The second round of the competition (semi-final round) will be held as a public event in Sydney in August 2020. 

It will invite five junior and eight senior semi-finalists to perform in recital. 


Final Round

The final round of the competition will be held at the Kendall School of Arts in September 2020. It will invite three junior finalists and four senior finalists to perform in public recitals. 



Repertoire requirements for both categories will be confirmed before competition opens. 



1. Junior Section

First Prize: An Australian Made Concert Violin 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$ 500


2. Senior Section

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 1,000


Jury 2020 


Judges for the 2020 competition will be announced before closing date of application in early 2020.