22 year old Australian-violinist Riley Skevington has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 Australian Kendall National Violin Competition – in Kendall, Australia.
Regarded as one of Australia’s most important domestic development prizes for violinists 23 years and younger, Riley will receive AUD $4,000, a violin crafted by Polish-Australian luthier Michal Prokop – and a number of debut concert engagements.
A graduate student of Dr Robin Wilson at the Australian National Academy of Music, Riley currently serves as Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra – and is a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ‘Emerging Artist’ program.
In addition, he was awarded this year’s ‘Audience Prize’- and the prizes for the ‘Best Performance of a Sonata’ and the ‘Best Performance of a Solo Work by J.S. Bach’.
RILEY SKEVINGTON & LOUISA BREEN | STRAUSS VIOLIN SONATA IN E-FLAT MAJOR | 2ND MOVEMENT | AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC | 2017
This year’s Final round jury comprised: Elisabeth Holowell (New Zealand), Charles Stegeman (USA) and Carl Pini (Australia).
Previous 1st prize winners include VC Artists Ray Chen and Grace Clifford – and Lipizer International Violin Competition major prize winner James Dong.