EMinENt Duo started in 2012 as a project of baroque music in Vienna, where both musicians finished their studies: Japanese violinist Moeko Sugiura and Slovenian guitarist and composer Nejc Kuhar. Soon after their successful debut performance, they began to perform frequently as a duo. They are active in performing internationally, including concerts in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Slovenia, Croatia, Belgium, etc. In the year 2015 the duo received a 1st Prize at International Chamber Competition in Bale-Valle (Croatia) and in 2016 a 1st Prize in Enschede (Netherlands), 1st Prize absolute Gold Medal in Gorizia (Italy) and 1st Prize at Parma Chamber Competition (Italy).
Moeko Sugiura studied at Tokyo University of the Arts (BA), and at Vienna Konservatorium Privatuniversität with Thomas Christian, and Pavel Vernikov, where she graduated her Master’s degree with honours in 2015. Whilst her studies she played frequently with the Wiener Symphoniker, which includes tours in Japan, Germany as well as concerts in Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus with renowned conductors. During her studies she received 1st Prize at Edogawa Philharmonic Orchestra Soloist Competition, 1st Prize at Kobe International Competition and 1st Prize at Nagoya Student Competition in Japan. In 2014 after receiving 100 percent positive votes from the orchestra, she now is a permanent member in Philharmonie Baden-Baden.
Nejc Kuhar received his Master’s degree with honors in guitar and in composition in Vienna (guitar with prof. Alvaro Pierri and composition with Dr. Reiner Bishof and prof. Christian Minkowitsch). As a guitarist as well as a composer, he won numerous 1st prizes, such as Altheim in Austria, Changsha in China, Treviso and Acerra in Italy… His music has been performed in prestigious venues, including concerts in Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, Washington National Gallery of Art, Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Slovene Philharmonic Hall, etc. He is also published by Canadian publisher Les Production d’Oz. Since 2015 he is guitar professor at Music Academy in Vienna and since 2013 a guitar teacher at Frankfurt Music School.
As a duo, they are very active in performing newly composed pieces (including compositions by Nejc) and other compositions of 20th and 21st century.
With works from: Kuhar, Paganini, Brandt, Massenet en Piazzolla
May 27th 14:00