María Dueñas Fernández professional violinist classical music

"A star is born" .- Codalario

Praised by the Daily Californian as “an extremely impressive soloist who garnered the crowd’s attention from her first note,” María Dueñas is making a spectacular impact on the classical music world as a soloist. Since winning both First Prize and Audience Award at the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition Richmond 2021 (Senior Category) and at the Getting to Carnegie Hall Competition, she has rapidly established herself as one of the most sought-after concert soloists, performing with world’s leading orchestras and conductors such as The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under Vladimir Spivakov, Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra with Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski leading the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Luxembourg Philharmonie and Gustavo Gimeno, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Sanderling or the St.Petersburg Symphony Orchestra led by Vassily Sinaisky. Portrayed as artist of the month in Musical America 2019, 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. 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“ 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, featured in the CD release So klingt die Zukunft. 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. Therewith followed her 15-year-old-debut at the Golden Hall in the Vienna Musikverein with the Bruno Walter Symphony and J. Martin Händler and other relevant debuts with the Estonian National Orchestra under Mihhail Gerts, the Galicia Symphony with Juanjo Mena, the National Auditorium in Madrid with the Moscow Virtuosi, the ONE under Jaime Martin, the Lahti Symphony under Dima Slobodeniouk and Anja Bihlmaier, RTVE Orchestra and Caballe Domenech, the OSPA with Ari Rasilanien and the OBC with Jan Willem de Vriend. World-leading Festivals in Europe have counted on María’s presence, including the International Festival Arts Square in St. Petersburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Rheingau Festival, Nymphenburger Sommer in Munich, Schloss Elmau in duo with Itamar Golan, Colmar International Festival rendering homage to Maestro Claudio Abbado, Granada International Festival, Schleswig-Holstein and Verbier Festival, being reviewed 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 composing skills stood out with her prize-awarded piano piece “Farewell” (2014) at the “Robert Schumann Competition for Young Composers Von fremden Ländern und Menschen”, Germany. The composer Jordi Cervelló, inspired by Dueñas’ 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 the Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel, the Mozarteum Salzburg Orchestra under Petr Popelka, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the National Orchestra of Russia conducted by Vladimir Spivakov, engagements with the Stuttgart Philharmonic and further collaborations with Manfred Honeck leading the Danish Symphony Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic. Beethoven’s Violin Concerto takes Dueñas to the Dresden Philharmonic under Marek Janowski. Other orchestral highlights for the coming season include Dueñas´ Premiere of Gabriela Ortiz´s Violin Concerto with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel. Recitals highlights feature her debut at Carnegie Hall and appearances and recordings across the UK as part of the BBC New Generation Artist 2021-2023. María Dueñas plays on a 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.