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The Duo

Violinist Eva Steinschaden and pianist Alexander Vavtar founded the Duo :nota bene:. in 1996.

The two musicians, who both graduated from the Mozarteum University and are teachers of their instruments, have concentrated primarily on music of the Viennese Classical school, focusing also on the modern period and particularly on contemporary music.

In 1999, the Duo was the only Austrian ensemble to be accepted into the master class of the Trio di Trieste. Since then, they have worked with the world-famous musicians of the Trio di Trieste at the Scuola Superiore di Musica da Camera del Trio di Trieste in Duino/Italy.

To date, they have recorded six CDs, all under the Viennese Extraplatte label, and including works by Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Xaver Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Granados, Ravel, Webern, Schnittke, Bresgen, Lutosławski, Penderecki, Kurtág, Pärt, Vereno, Nussbichler and Kardeis.

Over the years, the Duo :nota bene: has premièred many works by distinguished composers such as Friedrich Cerha, Cesar Bresgen, Gerhard Wimberger, Charles Camilleri, Helmut Neumann, Laurence Traiger, Klemens Vereno, Ludwig Nussbichler, Helmut Schmidinger, Gerald Resch and Christian David Kardeis.

They have also performed as a duo with orchestras including the Sinfonia Varsovia, Poznań Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra/Bulgaria and Leopold Mozart Chamber Orchestra Salzburg.

In collaboration with the Austrian writer Ludwig Laher, cellist Detlef Mielke and Salzburg tenors Peter Sonn and Maximilian Kiener, they compiled special programmes to mark jubilee years: Mozart 2006, Haydn 2007 and Mahler 2010/2011

The two musicians have for many years maintained a close artistic partnership with the Schauspielhaus Salzburg, the largest "free theatre" in Austria. Their collaboration has produced many programmes blending music and text with subtlety and humour.

The two musicians have frequently provided music to accompany readings by the Austrian writers Karl-Markus Gauss and Ludwig Laher, at home and abroad.

Since its inception, the Duo :nota bene: has given some 500 concerts in more than 40 countries on all continents, and has received invitations from distinguished organisations including the Salzburg Festival (for the opening celebrations), International Mozarteum Foundation/Salzburg, Start Festival/Salzburg, Aspekte/Salzburg, Mittersill Composers' Forum/Austria, Austrian Jeunesse Musicale, Brucknerhaus/Linz, Vienna Schubert Society, Austrian Music Society/Vienna, Mozart Society/Wiesbaden, Deutsches Theater/Berlin, Dôme des Invalides/Paris, Intrasonus Festival in Mestre/Italy, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste/Italy, Tartini Festival in Piran/Slovenia, Schubertiade held by Radio Suisse Romande/Switzerland, Little Maarnach Festival/Luxembourg, Corsham Music Festival/England, Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin/Ireland, Cork Orchestral Society/Ireland, Spikeri Concert Hall in Riga/Latvia, Royal Castle in Warsaw/Poland, International Festival Rousse/Bulgaria, Austrian Music Festival/Bulgaria, Sala Bulgaria in Sofia/Bulgaria, Ateneul Român in Bucharest/Romania, Bosnia International Music Festival in Sarajevo/Bosnia and Herzegovina, Teatru Manoel in Valletta/Malta, St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta/Malta, International Festival in Symi/Greece, Austrian Cultural Forum New York/USA, Austrian Cultural Forum Washington/USA, Octobre Musical Carthage/Tunisia, Festival Culturel International d'Assilah/Morocco, Mozart Society in Kagoshima/Japan, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts/China,  Shanghai Concert Hall/China, Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai/China, Expo Shanghai 2010/China, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra/China, Zhongshan Hall in Taipei/Taiwan, Madras Musical Association/India, Poona Music Society/India, IOEF-Festival Jakarta/Indonesia, Festival Cultural de Zacatecas in Zacatecas/Mexico, Festival Internacional de Puebla in Puebla/Mexico and Festival Joven es Acción in Querétaro/Mexico.

 

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Eva Steinschaden, violin

Eva Steinschaden received her first violin tuition at the age of four from her father, Bruno Steinschaden.
Later she studied under Helmut Zehetmair and Ruggiero Ricci at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, gaining her teacher's diploma in 1988 and her performer's diploma in 1989, before spending some years studying with Maestro Renato Zanettovich at the Scuola Superiore di Musica da Camera del Trio di Trieste in Duino/Italy.

She attended master classes with various teachers, including Shmuel Ashkenazy, Ljerko Spiller, Thomas Brandis and Enrico Bronzi, and won first prize in many competitions, such as "Jugend Musiziert" [Young Musicians].
For many years she led the Leopold Mozart Chamber Orchestra in Salzburg; she was a member of various chamber ensembles, including the Steinschaden Trio Salzburg, and a regular extra with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra.
For more than ten years she has concentrated primarily on chamber music and the Duo :nota bene:, founded together with pianist Alexander Vavtar in 1996.
She has travelled to every continent, giving over 500 concerts, and has made numerous recordings for radio, television and on CD.
Solo performances include concertos with distinguished orchestras such as the Sinfonia Varsovia, Poznań Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra/Bulgaria and Leopold Mozart Chamber Orchestra Salzburg.
Eva Steinschaden has taught violin at the Salzburg Musikum since 1988, and has held a teaching post for violin at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg since 1992. For many years she was a teacher at the annual chamber music master classes in Schloss Zell an der Pram/Austria, and has held master classes at universities and schools of music in Malta, Mexico, Canada, India, Philippines, Indonesia and China.
Eva Steinschaden plays a violin from Pierre Silvestre from 1840.

 

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Alexander Vavtar, piano

Alexander Vavtar had his first piano tuition at the age of six, with Gottfried Jaufenthaler at the Tyrol Landeskonservatorium in Innsbruck.
He went on to study piano and choral conducting with Gereon Kleiner at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, graduating in 1996, before spending some years studying with Maestro Dario de Rosa at the Scuola Superiore di Musica da Camera del Trio di Trieste in Duino/Italy.

He took part in numerous master classes, with teachers including Bernard Ringeisen, Brian Lamport and Maurin Jones, and gained prizes in several competitions such as "Jugend Musiziert" [Young Musicians].
For more than ten years he has concentrated primarily on chamber music and the Duo :nota bene:, founded together with violinist Eva Steinschaden in 1996. In addition, he enjoys accompanying lieder.
He has travelled to every continent, giving over 500 concerts, and has made numerous recordings for radio, television and on CD.
Solo performances include concertos with distinguished orchestras such as the Sinfonia Varsovia, Poznań Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra/Bulgaria and Leopold Mozart Chamber Orchestra Salzburg.
Alexander Vavtar has taught piano at the Salzburg Musikum since 1994. For many years he was a teacher at the annual chamber music master classes in Schloss Zell an der Pram/Austria, and has held master classes at universities and schools of music in Malta, Mexico, Canada, India, Philippines, Indonesia and China.

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