13-year-old Egyptian-Hungarian violinist Mariam Abouzahra wins the “Golden Note” in Austria – Music – Arts & Culture
News of Mariam’s victory was shared by her father on his Facebook page.
Mariam’s victory comes just months after winning silver at the Nutcracker International Television Competition for Young Musicians.
The Golden Note is a classical music program broadcast by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF), which is Austria’s largest media provider, operating four national television channels and twelve radio channels.
Competing with dozens of other young performers, the teenage musical prodigy reached the final along with eight other performers aged 10 to 16.
This year, the competition welcomed young talents to perform on string instruments, on the piano, as well as on wind instruments.
In the final, Abouzahra performed “Saber Dance” from Aram Khachaturian’s ballet Gayane.
A stable of classical music, sword dancing is very difficult work for a musician, requiring high skill and testing the abilities of performers.
The competition jury included renowned names from the classical music scene, such as baritone Clemens Unterreiner; violinist Lidia Baich; and Rebecca Horner, principal dancer of the Vienna State Ballet Company.
The final competition and the special gala were broadcast on the ORF 2 television channel on May 21.
Born to a Hungarian mother, Nóra Emödy, and an Egyptian father, Ahmed Abouzahra, both pianists, the young musician is also the granddaughter of the famous Egyptian actor Abdel-Rahman Abouzahra.
Mariam Abouzahra started playing the violin at the age of three, like her older sister Amira.
Both sisters performed a lot and won international competitions, such as the German national youth competition, the Virtuózok Talent show in Hungary and many others.
In 2020, the sisters received the highest awards from one of the most prestigious competitions for young violinists – the Arthur Grumiaux International Competition in Belgium.
The Abouzahra sisters are also among the rare young talents who are offered support by the Fondation Jeunes Virtuoses.
Mariam is currently studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under violin teacher Dora Schwarzberg.
In December 2021, she won the silver prize at the Nutcracker International Television Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow, Russia.