Violin finalists decided

The adjudicators had a difficult time deciding the finalists for the 13th Kendall National Violin Competition (KNVC). The semi final round took place on Sunday, 7th August, at Government House, Sydney.

The eight semi finalists Ella Bennetts (NSW), Cindy Chau (NSW), Anna Da Silva Chen (NSW), Alexandra Isted (WA), Wendy Kong (NSW), Monique Lapins (SA), and Brett Yang (QLD) performed before an audience and adjudicators. The competitors have previously achieved many awards, scholarships and prizes. The adjudicators for the semi-final were renowned Carl Pini, Dr Susan Collins from Newcastle Conservatorium and Sun Roh who was a finalist in the inaugural 1999 KNVC, and is presently the 2nd concertmaster at the St Gallen Symphony Orchestra, Switzerland.

After lengthy deliberations the four finalists were selected and they are:

Cindy Chau (NSW) aged 16 years; Anna Da Silva Chen (NSW) aged 14 years; Monique Lapins (SA) aged 21 years and Victoria Wong (NSW) aged 13 years. Associate Professor Goetz Richter, KNVC’s Artistic Director, is sure it will be an exciting final round.

After their semi final performance at Government House they now will perform at the final round to be held at the Kendall School of Arts Hall on Saturday 10th September commencing at 10.30am. On Sunday 11th September, again in Kendall, there will be a Celebration Concert featuring emerging young musicians from Live Music Sydney under the direction of Goetz Richter and the winner of the Kendall National Violin Competition accompanied by pianist Jeanell Carrigan.

Tickets for the Finals - Full Day $25 / $10 student (half day $5) or $15 per adult for half day (morning or afternoon)

Tickets for Celebration Concert $25/$10 student

Tickets available via mail to KNVC Inc. PO Box 86 Kendall NSW 2439 enclosing cheque, ticket order and SAE or by contacting Mavis Barnes: 6559 4339.www.kendallviolin.org.au

For those people who have recently seen the documentary “Mrs Carey’s Concert”, you will be interested to know that Cindy Chau (NSW) aged 16 years and Victoria Wong (NSW) aged 13 years are both students at MLC Burwood – Karen Carey is justifiably proud of their latest achievements!

At the recent Australian Chamber Orchestra ACO2 concert at the Glasshouse,it was a thrill to see three previous KNVC finalists performing – Lachlan O’Donnell (2008 & 2010) Anna O’Hagan (2010) and Janet Anderson (2005).