Violinist María Dueñas: Three Recordings

María Dueñas, the exceptional 20-year-old Spanish violinist, was our guest soloist at the Richmond Symphony last weekend. She performed Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. Dueñas was the first prize winner in the 2021 Menuhin Violin Competition, which was hosted in Richmond. In 2022, she signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. She performs on the 1736 “Muntz” Guarneri del Gesú violin.

Paganini: Caprice No. 4

The fourth of Niccolò Paganini’s Twenty Four Caprices is an exercise in double stops and thirds. Dueñas’ expansive and singing approach honors Paganini’s interpretive marking, maestoso.

Fauré: Après un rêve (Version for Violin and Piano)

Après un rêve (“After a dream”) is the opening song in Gabriel Fauré’s 1878 set, Trois mélodies for solo voice and piano. In this violin transcription, María Dueñas is accompanied by Itamar Golan.

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

This December 2020 performance features María Dueñas with conductor Gustavo Gimeno and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. We explored this piece in a previous post.


Featured Image: photograph by Tam Lan Truong

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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