Warschau, 18 March 2010 Press release

Young Austrian violin virtuoso at Austria’s Cultural Forum in Warsaw

Warsaw, 18 March 2010 – 13-year old Anna-Luisa Mahaffy, winner of numerous national and international competitions, yesterday gave a performance before an enthralled audience at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Warsaw. Accompanied by her mother, Dagmar Mahaffy, a pianist and professor at Vienna’s University of Music, her virtuoso performance was enthusiastically received by the audience of Polish music lovers.

Born in 1997 in Vienna, Anna-Luisa Mahaffy received her first violin lesson at the age of three. In addition to the Conservatory, she has been studying under Eugenia Polatschek at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts since 2004. A pupil of the famous French violinist Pierre Amoyal since 2008, Mahaffy has participated in national and international competitions since the age of five, repeatedly winning first prizes.

Mahaffy was the subject of an ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) documentary in 2002. The famous Polish pianist and composer Elzbieta Wiedner-Zajac wrote two compositions especially for her, which she debuted at Vienna’s Konzerthaus in 2006. In 2009, she was admitted to the Menuhin Live Music Now programme, founded by Yehudi Menuhin to promote young music talent.

The violin recital at the Cultural Forum in Warsaw was part of a tour in relation to an invitation to perform at the young musicians section of the Chopin Festival at Duszniki Zdróy (Silesia) on 19 and 20 March.

Contact for enquiries:
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