Watermark Composition Prize 2017 – Kendall

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Kendall National Violin Competition announces “Paper Boats” by Emma Greenhill as winner of the Watermark Composition Prize


The Kendall National Violin Competition has announced “Paper Boats” by the young Sydney composer Emma Greenhill as the winner of the 2017 Watermark Composition. Greenhill studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and won the prize to the value of $2000 with her work “Paper Boats” for violin and piano which will be performed as a compulsory work in the final round of the Kendall National Violin Competition on September 16 in Kendall by all four finalists of the competition.

One of Sydney’s emerging composers, Emma has performed her own compositions twice at the Sydney Opera House and has been performed by a number of Sydney-based chamber groups both in Australia and internationally. In 2012 she was the recipient of the James Easton Memorial composition prize, and in 2014 she was placed first in the Verge Awards’ composition prize.

The Watermark composition prize is offered by the Kendall National Competition for the second time in 2017 and is generously supported by private donors to the competition. Seven entries were blind reviewed by the judging panel with “Paper Boats” attracting decisive support. Sydney Conservatorium Professor Ole Bohn, a member of the judging panel and a leading international exponent of contemporary violin repertoire was impressed by Greenhill’s work for showing “very idiomatic writing for both the violin and the piano, good musical ideas and fine musical progression”. “The standard of this year’s compositions was very high and I would like to perform all works entered in a special, dedicated recital concert at the Sydney Conservatorium in 2018”, Bohn declared.

Goetz Richter, the Artistic Director of the Kendall National Violin Competition congratulated Emma Greenhill on her achievement as the second Watermark Composition Prize winner. “The Watermark Prize is a wonderful example how the generous support of music and musicians by the community of Kendall enriches everyone’s life. This is a splendid opportunity for young composers and Emma’s work will inspire and excite all at the Finals in September.”

The Finals of the Kendall National Violin Competition will take place on September 16, 2017, at the Kendall School of Arts. Further information, including ticket bookings, can be obtained from the competition’s website www.kendallviolin.org.au

For further information about the Kendall National Violin competition please contact A/Professor Goetz Richter goetz.richter@sydney.edu.au Ph. 0404 407 686