Sixteen-year-old violinist María Dueñas is a student of Boris Kuschnir at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna and the University of Graz. She won first prizes at the 2018 Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition, 2018 Yankelevitch International Violin Competition, and the 2017 Zhuhai Mozart International Competition for Young Musicians; Grand Prix and a special sonata prize at the 2017 Georg Philipp Telemann Competition; and the Prince of Hesse Prize awarded by the Kronberg Academy in 2017 as the youngest violinist with the greatest development potential.
Ms. Dueñas’s upcoming highlights include debuts with the Oslo Philharmonic and Manfred Honeck, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona and Jan Willem de Vriend, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic and Vassily Sinaisky, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and Pablo Heras-Casado, and a tour of Spain and Russia with the National Philharmonic of Russia conducted by Vladimir Spivakov. She makes her San Francisco Symphony debut at these performances.
In recent seasons, Ms. Dueñas has appeared as soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Dima Slobodeniouk, as well as the Russian National Orchestra under Vladimir Spivakov. She made debuts at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Golden Hall in the Vienna Musikverein, and Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, and performed at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany, and the Colmar International Festival in France in honor of Claudio Abbado.
Ms. Dueñas’s musical interests also include composition and chamber music. Most recently, her piece Farewell was awarded a prize in the Von fremden Ländern und Menschen composition competition. As a member of the Hamamelis Quartet, she has participated in an exchange project with the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and been awarded first prize at the 2017 Fidelio Chamber Music Competition in Vienna.
AIE, the Spanish Artists’ Association, supports María Dueñas with a grant to study in Austria. She plays the 1736 Guarnerius del Gesù “Muntz” violin, on generous loan by the Nippon Foundation.