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Eva Steinschaden (violin) and Alexander Vavtar (piano) founded the duo :nota bene: in 1996
”nota bene” means ”take note” or ”note well”. It could also quite simply mean ”good note”.
Eva Steinschaden and Alexander Vavtar make music for fine ears from good notes. So: nota bene! Take note: there is new
chamber music from Salzburg to listen to.
Engaged in instrumental teaching since the completion of their musical studies at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, they
have specialised in the music of the Viennese Classical school, devoting attention also to modern and in particular contemporary music.
, they made their CD debut with works by Mozart, Schubert, Granados, Webern and Pärt. This was followed in 2000
by the second CD, with works by Mozart, Ravel, Schnittke and Kardeis, in 2004 by the third CD, with works by Bresgen, Lutoslawski,
Penderecki, Kurtág, Vereno and Nussbichler, and in 2006 by the fourth CD, with works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his son
Franz Xaver Mozart.
(All CDs are available on the Viennese ”Extraplatte” label.)
, the duo was the only Austrian ensemble to be accepted for the master class held by the Trio di Trieste. Since then,
they have collaborated with the world-famous musicians of the Trio di Trieste at the Scuola Superiore di Musica da Camera in Trieste.
Over the years, the duo :nota bene: has given the first performance of many works, by distinguished composers including Cesar Bresgen,
Charles Camilleri, Helmut Neumann, Laurence Traiger, Klemens Vereno, Ludwig Nussbichler and Christian David Kardeis.
Since its inception, the duo :nota bene: has given some 300 recitals in Austria, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Hungary, Czech Republic,
Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, England, Ireland, Denmark, Malta, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Lebanon,
USA, Mexico, Belize, Japan, China and New Zealand.
Invitations to perform have been extended by prestigious concert organisers such as the Salzburg Festival (opening celebrations),
International Mozarteum Foundation/Salzburg, "stART" Festival/Salzburg, ASPEKTE/Salzburg, Composers' Forum in Mittersill/Austria,
Austrian Jeunesse Musicale, Brucknerhaus Linz, Schubert Society/Vienna, Austrian Music Society Vienna, Mozart Society in Wiesbaden/Germany,
Deutsches Theater/Berlin, "Little Maarnach Festival"/Luxembourg, "Corsham Music Festival"/England, International Festival Rousse/Bulgaria,
Sala Bulgaria in Sofia/Bulgaria, Ateneul Român Bucharest/Romania, Teatru Manoel in Valletta/Malta, St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in
Valletta/Malta, Austrian Cultural Forum New York/USA, Festival Culturel International d’Assilah/Morocco, Mozart Society in Kagoshima/Japan,
Shanghai Concert Hall/China, Oriental Arts Centre Shanghai/China, Festival Cultural de Zacatecas/Mexico and the Festival "Joven es Acción"
All further information of Duo :nota bene:, presstext, press statements, concert- and tour schedule, photos, musicdownloads, to contact the artists,
and many more you can find on their personal homepage -
Here are two links of many more sound samples out of :nota bene: homepage:
, Sonata for violine and piano, in A major - KV 526 -
click here to listen
, Sonata for violine and piano, in F major - op 15 -
click here to listen
For more sound samples and CD order visit the homepage of :nota bene: