Verbier Festival
María Dueñas

Recently awarded the title « Rising Star » by Violin Channel, the 15-year-old Spanish violinist María Dueñas emerges as a distinguished young soloist. A student of well-known violinist and pedagogue Boris Kuschnir at the Music and Arts University in Graz and the Music and Art University in Vienna, Dueñas has been awarded numerous prizes and accolades both in National and International Competitions, such as the First Prize in the Vladimir Spivakov Competition (Ufa, 2018), the 1st Prize in the Senior Division in the Yankelevitch International Competition (Russia, 2018), 1st Prize in the Zhuhai Mozart International Competition (China, 2017), the Grand Prix in the 14th International George Philip Telemann Competition (Poland, 2017) together with the special award to the best sonata performance. The Absolute Prize in the International « Young Musician » Competition in Treviso (Italy, 2017), Awards in the 24th and 25th Competition of the German Instruments Fond in Hamburg (Germany), the Prinz von Hessen Award 2017 (Kronberg) to the youngest violinist with the greatest development potential, 1st Prize in the International Leonid Kogan Competition (Brussels), The Jeunesses Musicales Award (Spain, 2018) and the Grand Prix in the International Luigi Zanuccoli Competition (Italy, 2017).

Chamber music and composition play an important role in her development as a musician. María Dueñas’ piano piece « Farewell » was awarded a prize in the « Robert Schumann Competition for Young Composers Von fremden Ländern und Menschen » (Germany) with the premiere in Dresden 2016. As a founding member of the Hamamelis Quartet she has been distinguished in a collaboration project with the Jacob School of Music (Indiana) and obtained first prize in the Fidelio Chamber Music Competition 2017 (Vienna).

María Dueñas has already performed as a soloist throughout Europe with orchestras including the Moscow Virtuosi under Vladimir Spivakov, the Siberian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresdner Philharmonic, the German Strings Orchestra and the Bruno Walter Symphonic Orchestra. She has already debuted as a soloist in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein under Martin Händler, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and in relevant Festivals such as Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany) or the Granada International Music and Dance Festival 2017 (Spain).
Important commitments for the present season include a tour in the USA with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Marek Janowski, concerts with Maestro Dima Slobodeniouk and the Galician Symphony and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra in Finland as well as her participation in Colmar Festival (2019) devoted to the memory of Claudio Abbado with Maestro Vladimir Spivakov and the Russian National Orchestra.

María Dueñas plays a Guarneri del Gesu 1736 Violin « Muntz » generously loaned by the Nippon Music Foundation.