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María Dueñas

The 14-year-old violinist María Dueñas was born in Granada (Spain) and is currently a student in the violin Junior division of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with the prestigious Prof. Boris Kuschnir. Despite her age, she has been awarded numerous prizes in both national and international competitions, such as the Grand Prix in the 14th International George Philip Telemann Competition (Poland) together with the special award to the best sonata performance, the absolute Prize in the International “Young Musician” Competition in Treviso (Italy), award 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, the 1st Prize in the International Leonid Kogan Competition (Brussels), the Jeunesses Musicales Award (Spain) and the Grand Prix in the International Luigi Zanuccoli Competition (Italy), receiving an Italian Violin (Cremona) made by the violin-maker Riccarda Dacquati. 

Chamber music and composition play an important role in her development as a musician. Her piano piece Farewell received an award in the “Robert Schumann Composition Competition Von fremden Ländern und Menschen with the premiere in Dresden 2016. As a member of the Hamamelis Quartet she was distinguished in a collaboration project with the Jacob School of Music (Indiana). 

María Dueñas has already debuted under the baton of main conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov in Moscow and Spain as well as outstanding performances in important venues and festivals: the Verbier Festival, Mecklerburn-Vorpommern Festspiele (Germany), the Granada International Music and dance Festival 2017 (Spain), the Dresdner Philharmonic Orchestra and the German String Orchestra (Berlin) to name just a few. Recent highlights for the coming season include her debut in the Musikverein in Vienna.

As a winner of the 25. Competition Musikintrumentenfonds held in Hamburg in February 2017 she was generously granted a violin Niccolo Gaglianoon loan.