Ursina Maria Braun, composer & artist in residence (Violoncello)

The cellist and composer is devoting herself to a wide range of creative projects. This includes the playing both the modern and baroque cello and performing as a soloist, as a chamber musician, in orchestras and as a composer. Ursina Maria Braun is a remarkably expressive musician who is well versed in music history as well as being a free spirit, especially when it comes to composing.

 

Ursina Maria Braun performes as a soloist and chamber musicians at the Leipzig Bach Festival, the Thüringer and Ansbacher Bachwochen, the Styriarte in Graz, the Teatro della Pergola in Florence, the Wigmore Hall in London and the Suoni delle Dolomiti among many others together with musical partners as for example Lorenza Borrani, Kit Armstrong, Alexander Lonquich, Denes Varjon, Florian Birsak, Alfredo Bernardini and Reinhard Goebel.

 

Ursina Maria Braun plays regularly with the Concentus Musicus Wien and as an occasional guest with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and, more recently, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. The project closest to her heart is Spira Mirabilis, with which she performs as an inspirational principal and chamber musician at prominent venues such as La Scala in Milan, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Aldeburgh Festival, Naples, Paris, Barcelona, Bremen and Hamburg.

 

Ursina Maria Braun studied with Thomas Grossenbacher, Clemens Hagen and Heinrich Schiff, completing her M.A. in 2019 in Salzburg under Clemens Hagen’s supervision. She has pursued her studies in the fields of historically informed performance with Reinhard Goebel.

 

While still a student, Ursina Maria Braun carried off first prize in the international Concorso Enrico Mainardi in Salzburg (2012). She was runner- up in the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig (2016) as well as the audience prize and became a prizewinner at the competiton of the Migros Kulturprozent (2016). In summer 2021 Ursina Maria Braun has been awarded second prize at the Musica Antiqua competiton in Bruges.

 

After winning several prizes for her compositions at Swiss youth music competitions, Ursina Maria Braun’s work Das etwas andere Schlaraffenland (“An Unusual Land of Cockaigne”) was first performed by the twelve cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic at the Berliner Philharmonie. This was followed by further commissions from the Musikkollegium Winterthur (a work for orchestra as well as a string quartet first performed in autumn 2019), for soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.