María Dueñas

"The name Maria Dueñas may not be a familiar one now, but that is sure to change in the near future." (Musical America)

Recently awarded the title “Rising Star” by Violin Channel, the 16-year-old Spanish violinist María Dueñas emerges as a distinguished young soloist. A student of well-known 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 and  the Prinz von Hessen Award 2017 (Kronberg) to the youngest violinist with the greatest development potential, among others.

María Dueñas has already performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Marek Janowski and throughout Europe including the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia and the Moscow Virtuosi under Vladimir Spivakov, the Galician and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra with Dima Slobodeniouk, the Dresdner Philharmonic, the German Strings Orchestra, the Bruno Walter Symphony or the St. Petersburg Filarmonia under Maestro Sinaisky’s baton. World-leading concert halls such as the Golden Hall of the mythical Vienna Musikverein, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and some relevant Festivals including Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), Colmar and Verbier have already counted with Dueñas´presence.

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, they have been awarded first prize in the Fidelio Chamber Music Competition 2017 (Vienna).

Highlights for the coming season include her debut with Maestro Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra, Recitals in Bilbao and Schloss Elmau Festival with Itamar Golan, performances with Maestro Heras-Casado, the New Year’s Concert 2020 with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and recitals in Tokyo with Akira Eguchi.

María Dueñas plays on a Guarneri del Gesu “Muntz” 1736 on generous loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.


July 18, 2020

María Dueñas violin & Julien Quentin piano

Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Franck

Great Guild
12:00 Saturday