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The 14 year old violinist Maria Dueñas Fernández is one of the faces of this year’s campaign "Dresden. New Discoveries". © private
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In Love with Dresden – the violinist Maria Dueñas Fernández

The 14-year-old Spanish violinist Maria Dueñas Fernández is one of the shooting stars on her instrument. Her second love, after the violin, is Dresden: She studied here at the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music from 2014 to 2016 and during that time she also sang in the Philharmonic Children’s Choir. In February she had a very successful performance with the musicians of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. Within the framework of this years tourism campaign "Dresden. New Discoveries" you can hear the violinist together with the mandolin player Avi Avital in the new concert hall of the Kulturpalast Dresden. In the interview she tells us why she is looking forward to the new concert hall in the Kulturpalast and the new things that she has discovered in Dresden:


What is so special about the Kulturpalast Dresden and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra?

The Kulturpalast is a wonderful jewel that makes the city a cultural and musical role model for all of Germany. The new concert hall of the Kulturpalast will really bring out the special sound of Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. It would be a dream come true for me to be able to play in the Kulturpalast.

What is especially worth hearing and seeing this season with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra?

One of my role models is Julia Fischer. In November she performed with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Michael Sanderling in the Musikverein Wien – playing the violin concerto by Aram Khachaturian. I was fortunate enough to hear this concert. It was an unforgettable experience for me because I play this piece as well and I was so impressed by the way Julia Fischer played it. As "ambassador" for the new concert hall it will be possible to hear Julia Fischer at the opening concert on 28 April. Those who cannot be there will have a chance to hear her in the coming concert season.

What new things have you personally discovered in Dresden?

Dresden is a very charismatic city. I am particularly fascinated by the interesting mix of history and tradition, and how this mix always comes together with the contemporary. During my last visit I was especially impressed by the new arts centre Kraftwerk Mitte Dresden.