FROM SOLO TO ORCHESTRA
I like playing chamber music best of all because a small group fosters a very special and intensive form of musical conversation. In my solo performances I tend to pursue my passion for the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. What fascinates me about the orchestra is the variety of roles this musical entity offers, whether I’m in the thick of things or leading. I particularly enjoy working with orchestras as a soloist.
We are a group of young musicians from many different countries who come together several times a year to explore specific works. In ensembles small and large, we develop a repertoire ranging from the baroque period to the modern day. I’ve been part of this project since 2009, and it has influenced my approach to music enormously. We delve deep into the pieces and study very closely each individual part and its contribution to the overall body of sound.
URSINA MARIA BRAUN, MA
Born in 1992 in Egg near Zurich, Switzerland.
Studied cello at music colleges in Zurich, Vienna and Salzburg. Runner-up in the 2016 International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, Ursina Maria Braun is a self-employed musician and currently lives in Salzburg, Austria.
Ursina Maria Braun had her first cello lessons at the age of 6 with Seraina Puttkammer and later with Claude Starck in Zurich.
2006-10: A precocious talent, she studied cello with Professor Thomas Grossenbacher and composition with Andreas Nick at the Zurich University of the Arts.
2010-14: Bachelor’s degree in music under Professor Clemens Hagen at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, graduating with distinction.
2014-16: Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Professor Heinrich Schiff until his death in December 2016.
2017-19: Master’s degree with Professor Clemens Hagen at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, graduating in 2019 with a Master of Arts (M.A.) in the cello.
HONOURS & AWARDS
1st prize at the international Concorso Enrico Mainardi at the Mozarteum University Salzburg
Second prize and winner of the audience award at the Leipzig International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition
Winner of a study award from the Migros Kulturprozent