Winner of the 2021 International Competition Getting to Carnegie Hall and portrayed as artist of the month in Musical America, María Dueñas is making a spectacular impact on the classical music world as a soloist. Combining technique and sensitivity, the Daily Californian describes her as “an extremely impressive soloist who garnered the crowd’s attention from her first note” after her debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Marek Janowski in the season 2019-20. Dueñas came to public attention after winning the 1st Prize at the Zhuhai Mozart International Competition in China and at the Vladimir Spivakov International Competition in Russia, which led to subsequent inspiring projects with Maestro Spivakov. Other accolades and prizes include the 1st Prize at the Senior Division of the Yankelevitch International Competition, the Grand Prix at the 14th International G. P. Telemann Competition together with the special award to the best sonata performance, the 1st Prize at the Luigi Zanuccoli International Violin Competition in Italy and at the Leonid Kogan Competition or the Prinz von Hessen Award 2017 from the Kronberg Academy to the youngest violinist with the greatest development potential. RNE, the Spanish National Radio, has just awarded her the prize „Ojo Crítico“, claiming her as the „Spanish ambassador of classical music in the international scene“. A student of well-distinguished pedagogue Boris Kuschnir at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna and at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz, María has been supported by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. Her career received a decisive impulse after winning the Music Instruments Competition in Hamburg 2015 and enjoying a rare Niccolò Gagliano violin (17?4) ever since. Born in Granada, Spain (December 2002), María began her musical training at the age of five, moving to Germany after winning the Juventudes Musicales Competition and having been granted the Wardwell scholarship from the Humboldt Foundation and the valuable support of Kolmer, a painting company in her native town. Despite her youth, she has already performed in some of the major concert halls and leading orchestras wordlwide, including her 15-year-old-debut at the Golden Hall in the Vienna Musikverein with the Bruno Walter Symphony and J. Martin Händler, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under Vladimir Spivakov, a debut which was followed by a tour in Spain, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Estonian National Orchestra with Mihhail Gerts, the Galicia Symphony under Juanjo Mena, the National Auditorium in Madrid with the Moscow Virtuosi, the ONE under Jaime Martin, the Lahti Symphony under Dima Slobodeniouk, RTVE and Caballe Domenech, the Auditorium in Barcelona under Jan Willem de Vriend, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra with Marek Janowski and the Luxembourgh Philharmonic Orchestra under Gustavo Gimeno. Her appearance at the Elbphilharmonie resulted in the CD release So klingt die Zukunft, produced by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the NDR. World-leading Festivals in Europe have counted on María’s presence, including the International Festival "Arts Square" in St. Petersburg with the St. Petersburgh Philharmonic Orchestra under Vassily Sinaisky, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau Festival in a production together with cellist Pablo Ferrández and guitarrist Pablo Sáenz-Villegas, Schloss Elmau in duo with Itamar Golan and the Colmar International Festival, rendering homage to Maestro Claudio Abbado. The Verbier Festival Academy selected her as student-in-residence in 2017. Two years later, she returned to the Festival to make her recital debut with Ken Noda, whereby María was celebrated in Le Figaro as “the child prodigy, whose virtuosity and expressiveness enchanted the audience”. Dueñas’ multifaceted interests range from performing to composing and chamber music. As a founding member of the Hamamelis Quartet, they hold collaborations with Jeunesses Musicales Wien since winning the Fidelio Chamber Music Competition in Vienna. In addition, her piano piece Farewell (2014) was awarded a prize at the “Robert Schumann Competition for Young Composers Von fremden Ländern und Menschen”, Germany. The composer Jordi Cervelló, inspired by María’s tone and musicality, has composed several pieces dedicated to her. Recently, she premiered his “Milstein Caprice”. Highlights for the upcoming season include her debut with Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, engagements with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, performances with Michael Sanderling and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and her debut with the Elbphilharmonie NDR. María Dueñas plays on the Niccolò Gagliano violin 17?4, kindly on loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and on the Guarneri del Gesù “Muntz” 1736, on generous loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.