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13 October , 19:33

Ufa violin competition winner releases CD on Deutsche Gramophone

Classical music giant Deutsche Gramophone recorded a CD with violinist Maria Duenas in October 2022. She gained recognition thanks to her victory in the Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition held in Ufa in 2018. The owner of the Grand Prix of the Ufa festival was 15 years old at that time. The winner was awarded a certificate for a unique violin, created in 1912 by the Italian master Riccardo Antoniazzi.

The company mentioned Ufa among the cities where Maria Duenas received the most notable international awards. Quote: “...from Zhuhai to Ufa, from New York to Hesse, Maria Duenas continues to win prizes. Not to mention the standing ovation of the public and rave reviews wherever she went.”

“Ufa fans of classical music are no exception,” the city's press service reports. “Her virtuoso performance captivated the audience and the jury of the Vladimir Spivakov Competition. It is a great honor for the organizing committee of the contest and the Ufa residents that the winner of the II International Vladimir Spivakov Competition, Maria Duenas, is releasing CDs under Deutsche Gramophone label. Ufa sounds in context with a great record company.”

The winner of the 1st Vladimir Spivakov Violin Competition Daniel Lozakovich was awarded the same honor.

“This demonstrates the highest level of laureates of the international violin competition, which takes place in the capital of Bashkortostan,” commented Artur Naziullin, People’s Artist of the Republic of Bashkortostan, General Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Director of the Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition in Ufa.



Maria Duenas was born in 2002 in Spain. At the age of seven, she entered the Angel Barrios Conservatory in her native Granada. Four years later, she received a scholarship to study abroad from Juventudes Musicales Madrid. In 2016, she and her family moved to Austria so that, on the recommendation of her mentor Vladimir Spivakov, she could study at the Vienna Private University of Music and Arts.


Author: Leyla Aralbaeva

Translated by:Tatyana Aksyutina
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