Vera MartĂ­nez Mehner

BIOGRAPHY

Was born in Madrid, where she began to study the violin at age five. Upon turning twelve, she entered the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia, where she studied with Professors S. Fatkouline and Z. Bron, with whom she finished her studies at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. Concurrently, as a member of Cuarteto Casals, she recieved a special chamber music degree under the tutelage of the Alban Berg Quartet.

A prizewinner at many competitions, Vera won First Prize and Special Prize for Interpretation of a Classical Work at the Kloster Schöntal competition in 1995 and Second Prize at the Wieniawsky competition in Poland in 1997. As soloist she has appeared with various orchestras including the Symphony Orchestras of Palma de Mallorca, Santo Domingo, and the Chamber Orchestras Andrés Segovia and the Escuela Superior Reina Sofia, under the batons of conductors including Z. Mehta, Y. Menuhin, J. Judd, V. Pablo and A. Ros Marbá. In addition, Vera has performed in the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and collaborated in chamber music concerts with artists such as Gérard Caussé, Harald Schoneweg, Marta Gulyás and her brother, pianist Claudio Martínez Mehner, with whom she performs duo recitals. She is also a member of the Ensemble Funktion and regularly plays concerts of new music.

As a soloist he has performed with various orchestras such as the Santo Domingo Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the Reina Sofía School of Music, the Palma de Mallorca Symphony Orchestra, the Andrés Segovia Chamber Orchestra and the 'Reina Sofía Chamber Orchestra, with conductors such as J. Judd, V. Pablo, A. Ros Marbà, Z. Mehta and Y. Menuhin. He has collaborated with the Deutsche Kammerphilarmonie Bremen and has played in chamber music concerts with G. Caussé, H. Schoneweg, M. Gulyàs and C. Martínez Mehner. He regularly gives violin and piano recitals with his brother Claudio and is a member of the contemporary music group Funktion.

Vera is a founding member of the Cuarteto Casals, formed when she was 18 years old, and which has subsequently performed in the most important halls throughout Europe, North America, Latin America and Japan. The quartet records exclusively for the Harmonia Mundi label, where she can be heard playing first and second violin on renditions of quartets by Arriaga, Debussy, Zemlinsky, Mozart, Ravel, Toldrá, Turina and Brahms, among others.

She is currently Professor of Chamber Music and Violin at the Escola Superior de MĂşsica de Catalunya and has previously taught at the Conservatorio Superior de MĂşsica de AragĂłn and Musikene in San Sebastian. She is periodically invited to teach masterclasses and serve on chamber music juries in Europe and North America.

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