THIS Sunday, an ensemble of Australia's leading musicians will combine for a concert in tribute of violin maker Graham Caldersmith, a long-term resident of the Camden Haven area. The celebration concert will take place in the Kendall School of Arts and celebrates the completion of the 15th Kendall National Violin Competition.
Graham Caldersmith (pictured) is one of Australia's foremost masters of violin making, whose instruments have achieved national and international acclaim.
Caldersmith's violins are made from Australian timbers which makes them unique in a context where violin making is determined by European traditions and materials.
For the past 15 years, he has generously donated one of his concert instruments as the major prize of the Kendall National Violin Competition and enabled the competition to inspire young violinists from around Australia.
The special celebration concert acknowledges Graham Caldersmith's remarkable contribution, featuring the winner of the 15th National Violin Competition (determined this Saturday in Kendall) and leading Australian violinists Susan Collins, Carl Pini, Goetz Richter and Lynn Byun.
They will be joined by Jane Hazelwood, violist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and cellist Minah Choe, a member of Trio Novalis and teacher at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
The concert also features pianist Jeanell Carrigan, lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium in Ensemble Studies and leading exponent of Australian piano music. The concert program includes the sublime piano quartet in E flat major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the romantic Octet for Strings by Max Bruch.
"I understand that Graham is particularly fond of the music of Mozart - the choice to include Mozart's most beautiful piano quartet in this concert seems a natural one. The octet by Bruch is rarely performed but it is a work of such excitement and passion - it will be a fitting and beautiful tribute to Graham's generosity and loyalty to the competition," Goetz Richter, artistic director of the Kendall National Competition.
Over the past 15 years, the Kendall National Violin Competition has developed into one of Australia's foremost annual musical competitions for young violinists. Past winners and finalists of the competition have continued to enjoy international careers and are working in some of the world's great orchestras.
The concert is on this Sunday, 2pm, at the Kendall School of Arts.
Tickets are $30/$15 student.
To book phone Mavis Barnes on 6559 4339 or email email@example.com