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The violist Danusha Waskiewicz, who was born in 1973, studied violin and viola in her native Würzburg and later trained with Walter Forchert and Tabea Zimmermann at the Frankfurt Academy of Music. In 2000 she won not only first prize but two special awards as well at the ARD Music Competition in Munich. Waskiewicz was deeply influenced by her collaboration with Claudio Abbado, under whose direction she played in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, subsequently becoming principal violist with the Berlin Philharmonic; since 2004 she has also played in the Orchestra Mozart and then in the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA. Together with Abbado, the violinist Giuliano Carmignola, and the Orchestra Mozart, she has recorded the solo viola part in Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante K. 364. Waskiewicz teaches at the experimental Roberto Goitre Music School in Colico and is a professor at the Accademia Filarmonica Bologna.