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Goetz Richter AM - Artistic Director, President, KNVC

Violinist Goetz Richter is currently an Associate Professor at the Sydney Conservatorium. He was born in Hamburg, Germany where he received his early violin tuition from Helmut Heller, Concertmaster of the Hamburg State Opera Orchestra. Following further studies in Munich with Gerhart Hetzel (who remains an important musical and spiritual inspiration) and in Berne with Max Rostal. Goetz was appointed Concertmaster of the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra in 1985. Following a brief engagement with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Goetz was appointed Associate Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1987. He remained in that position until 2002, participating in several international tours to the US, Europe and Japan and performing with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Edo de Waart, Mariss Jansons, David Zinman and others.

As a member of numerous chamber ensembles he has appeared for Musica Viva Australia, the Sydney Symphony's chamber music series "Music for Spring" and has given frequent broadcasts for ABC-FM and 2 MBS-FM. In 1984 he founded the annual Camden Haven Chamber Music Festival which he directed until 2003. Geotz performs regularly as a recitalist with his wife and duo partner pianist Jeanell Carrigan.

He is currently Artistic Director of the Kendall National Violin Competition and has served as a jury member of the 2002 Maazel-Villar conducting competition in Sydney.

In 2002 Goetz was invited to take up an Associate Professorship at the Sydney Conservatorium where he had been a lecturer in violin since 1988 and the Chair of the Strings Unit since 1997. His students have been successful in gaining positions with leading symphony orchestras as permanent members of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Berlin Symphony and as members of orchestral academies of the North German Radio Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Zurich Opera, Berlin Philharmonic and others. His class in Sydney includes a number of highly gifted young violinists who have been invited to participate in national and international competitions including most recently the Menuhin Competition. Goetz is currently the President of the NSW Chapter of AUSTA and directs the Concerts of the Sydney Schubert Society.

Goetz holds a degree in philosophy from the University of Sydney and publishes and presents papers on the philosophy of Plato, Nietzsche, music and philosophy. His recent translation of Eugen Fink Nietzche's philosophy was published by Continuum Press (2002)

Jeanell Carrigan AM - Pianist/ Accompanist

Jeanell Carrigan is Associate Professor in the Collaborative Piano Unit at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has held positions of employment at the Hochschulen für Musik in Stuttgart and Munich, the Universities of Queensland and Melbourne and the Queensland and Sydney Conservatories of Music. She is constantly in demand as an examiner and adjudicator.  She has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and throughout Australia, and has recorded for the Bavarian Radio Corporation, the ABC, and for regional stations in Australia on many occasions. As a member of the Novalis Quartet, Trio Novalis and Richter/Carrigan Duo she performs regularly for Musica Viva and other concert organisations.

Jeanell completed a Doctor of Creative Arts, from the University of Wollongong, in the area of Australian post-1970 solo piano repertoire and in May, 2016 released herseventeenth solo compact disc of Australian piano music. Her publications include an annotated guide to Australian solo piano music presently available in its sixth edition, several teaching kits relating to the performance of Australian piano music, nine scholarly editions of piano and chamber music by Australian Women composers and the book -"Composing Against the Tide." 

KNVC Management Committee 2018/2019

President & Artistic Director - Goetz Richter - goetz.richter@sydney.edu.au

Vice President - Ensi Payne - ensidespayne@bigpond.com

Secretary/Treasurer/Public Officer - Mavis Barnes - mavis.barnes@bigpond.com

Competitor Liaison- Fran Bec - fran.bec1@gmail.com

Committee - Chrystine Bouffler -   chrys.bouffler@gmail.com

Committee - Maxene Hutchison - maxene.h14@gmail.com  

Committee - Rosemarie Piontek - rosemariepiontek@bigpond.com

Committee - Eunice Roberts - topsy_6245@bigpond.com

Committee - Sarah Manderson - scbalean@optusnet.com.au

Committee - Greg Ffrench - gregfren@gmail.com 

Committee - Lyndal Coote - lyndalmcoote@gmail.com

Life Members

Graham Caldersmith

Jeanell Carrigan

Brian Clift

Lyndal Coote

Douglas Head
Lisa Head
Colleen Kelly

Elaine van Kempen

Keri Levy
Angela McPherson
Anne Molver
Ensi Payne