María Dueñas Spain, 18, Senior

Born in Spain, María Dueñas studies with Boris Kuschnir at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and MUK in Vienna. She has won top prizes at international competitions, including 1st Prize at the Zhuhai Mozart International Competition and the Vladimir Spivakov International Competition. Since making her debut at 15 at the Vienna Musikverein, she has performed at venues including the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. 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.

Since I was a child, I have always followed the Menuhin Competition with great interest. It was a driving inspiring force. I look forward to living this experience in first person, to be inspired and to inspire at the same time, to bring music close to people's hearts and bring it out of the audience hall so that music can reach a wider community.