María Dueñas Spain, 17, Senior

María Dueñas, a student of Boris Kuschnir at the Music and Arts University in Graz and at MUK in Vienna, has been awarded numerous prizes at international competitions. Awards include 1st Prize at the Vladimir Spivakov Competition and 1st Prize at the Zhuhai Mozart International Competition. She has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia and at the Vienna Musikverein. Chamber music and composition are important aspects of her musicianship. Her composition “Farewell” was awarded a prize at the Robert Schumann Competition for Young Composers. María enjoys a Nicolò Gagliano (17?4) from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and a Guarneri del Gesù "Muntz" (1736) on a generous loan by 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.