2nd prize € 6,500 donated by BAWAG P.S.K. together with the Kunstuniversität Graz
Martina Hetzenauer and Edith Bradenbrink found a mutual duo with their teacher Charles Spencer and their intense affinity to the song, and have been making intensive music since the beginning of 2008. The first fruits of their joint work they reaped in the summer of 2008 by winning the Thomas Wiese Award, which is awarded by the circle of friends of the Master Class song design in Husum and the resulting invitation to design a recital in the concert series "Young Masters in the castle before Husum" in 2009.
The duo was invited to concerts on the initiative of the competition:
- Università degli Studi di Bari, Italy, on 12 May 2009
- Schubert Memorial Atzenbrugg Castle, Lower Austria, on 6 June 2009
- EPTA Congress 2009 in Linz on 6 November 2009
- Sunday Music in the Salon, Landesgalerie Linz, on November 22, 2009
- Ljubljana Festival, Knight's Hall, Križanke, Slovenia, on February 10, 2010
Martina HETZENAUER, soprano (Austria)
Born in 1977 in Kitzbühel, Austria. First lessons 2001 with Claudia Rüggeberg. Further studies with Leopold Spitzer, Charles Spencer and Anna Maria Dur. Masterclasses with Sona Ghazarian (summer 2004) and Ulf Bästlein (summer 2008). Studied at the Universities of Music and Performing Arts Graz and Vienna. 2006 musical drama diploma at the University of Vienna. Hugo Wolf Prize in Baden (2004), Prize of the Ministry of Education and Arts (2006) and Thomas Wiese Prize 2008. Prize winner of the Heinrich Strecker Competition (2002). Numerous concerts in Slovenia, Austria, Germany and Belgium. 2007/08 engagement at the MIR Music Theater in the district of Gelsenkirchen.
Edith BRANDENBRINK, Piano (Germany)
Born 1978 in Borken (Westfalen), Germany. First lessons in 1985 with Wolfgang Hemprich. Further studies with Burkhard Schaeffer, Ulrich Eisenlohr and Charles Spencer. Masterclasses with Irwin Gage (2006) and Ruth Ziesak (2002/2004), since 2001 regularly with Charles Spencer and Ulf Bästlein. Studied at the University of Music Rhineland Palatinate in Mainz (1999-2004) and at the University of Music Mannheim (2004-2006), since 2006 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. 2004 diploma in piano. 2007 Nordfriesischer Liedpreis of the Ministry of Culture Schleswig-Holstein, 2008 Thomas Wiese Prize. Since 2000 numerous recitals in Germany and Austria as well as chamber music recitals and solo concerts (2008 piano concerto by Kees Vlak with the symphonic wind band Südlohn at the Konzerthaus Coesfeld). Participation in live recordings of the finalist concert of the Hilde Zadek Competition 2007 in the Musikverein Wien.