Eminent Duo, Austria, 2020

Tour Dates: 15th April - 27th April, 2020

EMINENT DUO started as a project of baroque music in Vienna, where both musicians finished their studies: Japanese violinist Moeko Sugiura and Slovenian guitarist and composer Nejc Kuhar.

Tour Dates
  • 15th April - 27th April, 2020

Moeko Sugiura, Violin
Nejc Kuhar, Guitar

EMINENT DUO started as a project of baroque music in Vienna, where both musicians finished their studies: Japanese violinist Moeko Sugiura and Slovenian guitarist and composer Nejc Kuhar. Soon after their successful debut performance they continued playing together and successfully participated at International Chamber Music Competitions:

  • Prize 2018 Aschaffenburg International competition for chamber music GERMANY
  • Prize 2017 Berlin Rising Stars Grand Prix GERMANY
  • Prize 2016 "Paganini Festival" Competition ITALY
  • Prize 2016 "Enrico Mercatali" Competition ITALY
  • Prize 2016 "Twents" Competition NETHERLANDS
  • Prize 2015 "Balle/Vale" Competition CROATIA

They also started to perform frequently, which brought them to Japan, USA, Germany, Austria, Italy and much more, with performances at Japan Tour March 2017, China Tour August 2018, Slovenian Tour September 2018 and other events. EMINENT Duo also very actively commissions and performs newly composed pieces (including compositions by Nejc) and other compositions of 20th and 21st century.

Moeko Sugiura studied at Tokyo University of the Arts (BA), and at Vienna Konservatorium Prvatuniversität with Thomas Christian, and Pavel Vernikov, where she graduated her Master’s degree with honours in 2015.

Whilst her studies she played frequently with the Wiener Symphoniker, which includes tours in Japan, Germany as well as concerts in Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus with renowned conductors.

During her studies she received 1st Prizes at Edogawa Philharmonic Orchestra Soloist Competition, Kobe International Competition and Nagoya Student Competition in Japan.

In 2014 after receiving 100 percent positive votes from the orchestra, she now is a permanent member in Philharmonie Baden-Baden.

Nejc Kuhar received his Master’s degree with honors in guitar and in composition in Vienna (guitar with prof. Alvaro Pierri and composition with Dr. Reiner Bishof and prof. Christian Minkowitsch). He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in composition in Surrey, England. As a guitarist as well as a composer, he won numerous 1st prizes, such as Altheim in Austria, Changsha in China, Treviso and Acerra in Italy… His music has been performed in prestigious venues, including concerts in Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, Washington National Gallery of Art, Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Slovene Philharmonic Hall, etc. He is also published by Canadian publisher Les Productions d'Oz.

In 2018 he was appointed guitar professor at Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt and since 2015 he is teaching guitar at Music Academy in Vienna. He is also an active lecturer, giving lectures about composing for guitar on various European and USA Universities, such as The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Vienna and Frankfurt Universities, etc…

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