Kendall National Violin Competition's 20 year celebration starts with String Festival

Guitarist Giuseppe Zanotti and Violinist Goetz Richter
Guitarist Giuseppe Zanotti and Violinist Goetz Richter

The 20th anniversary of the Kendall National Violin Competition has started on a high note after the String Festival from February 23 until February 26. 

The festival included  workshops for students of violin, viola, cello and guitar for ensemble playing, a seminar on effective practice and a concert.

The tutors for the workshops included international guitarist Giuseppi Zangari, Professor Goetz Richter of the Sydney Conservatorium, violin expert Fintan Murphy and gifted cellist, James Larsen.

During ensemble rehearsals the leaders of each orchestral section were star musicians from the Conservatorium, who also performed a beautiful string quartet for the Sunday concert.

It was a thrill for local musicians to be part of the orchestra, particularly when playing in the Guitar Concerto.

Other exciting items included duets by Piazzolla for violin and guitar which were performed by the tutors to an appreciative audience.

This Festival was made possible through the generous support of the Kendall Community Op Shop. 

The Kendall National Violin Competition is highly regarded as one of the leading violin competitions in Australia.  

Past winners and finalists have become known on the national and international scenes as soloists and orchestra members.