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Joanna Kamenarska

Joanna Kamenarska was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1978. She first studied with Prof. Josif Radionov in Sofia and continued her studies in1995 with Prof. Ruggiero Ricci and Prof. Igor Ozim at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She has been awarded prizes at international competitions since the age of ten including the third prize of the International Mozart Competition Salzburg in January, 2002. She was also semi-finalist in the Queen Elizabeth International Competition and the Sibelius Competition, 2005.

Joanna Kamenarska gives concerts on a regular basis across Europe and South America and has performed in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Schauspielhaus Berlin, Mozarteum Grosser Saal, Grosse Aula of the University of Salzburg, Brucknerhaus Linz, Gasteig Munich, Tonhalle Zurich, Schwetzingen Theater and the Bulgaria Hall in Sofia among others. She has been the featured soloist with many orchestras including the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Nuremberg Symphony, Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, Mozart Chamber Orchestra, Salzburg Soloists, Chamber Orchestra CIS, L´Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie as well as symphony orchestras in her country in Sofia, Rousse, Varna and many others. She has collaborated with Paul Goodwin, Dennis Russell-Davies and Pierre Boulez.

She receives invitations regularly to participate in numerous festivals and concert series like the Festival di Pasqua and Nuovi Spazi Musicali of Rome, Festival Santa Christina, Spain, Aspekte New Music Festival, Salzburg, European Music Festival in Lisbon, Salzburg Cultural Days, Apollonia Festival of Arts, Sozopol, Bulgarien, International Mozarteum Foundation, Salzburg, Mozart Festival, Schwetzingen, Bachgesellschaft, Salzburg, and the Mozartfest in Chieti.
Hossam Mahmoud

As a versatile chamber violinist, violist and Baroque violinist, she has performed with artists like Karl Leister, Alois Brandhofer, Hermann Baumann, Radovan Vlatkovic, Michael Martin Kofler, Benjamin Schmid, Lars-Anders Tomter, Quirine Viersen, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Michala Petri, Reinhard Goebel, Emma KIrkby, Roland Greutter, Sofia Quartett and the Faust Quartet. From 2004–2007, she was first violin for the Salzburg Mozart Quartet, as well as concert leader for the following ensembles: Aspekte New Music Ensemble, Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik (ÖENM), Salzburg Baroque Ensemble und Collegium Iuvenale Salisburgense (CIS).

Joanna Kamenarska was contracted as concert leader with the NDR Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg for the 2007/2008 season. During this time, she won the audition for the Second Concertmaster position with the Hamburg Philharmonic as well as the invitation to the Camerata Salzburg as guest concert leader. Since 2007, she has been a member of the Hamburg String Sextet. Joanna Kamenarska plays a G.B. Guadagnini violin built in 1771.