“We learnt to listen to each other, to take our time to grow, to discover new ways into music”Verena Maria Fitz - Violin
Verena Fitz had been offered to join the Orchestra Mozart by Claudio Abbado when she was member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. As she wasn’t available at that time, she declined it with a heavy heart. A few years later, Maestro Abbado offered her again to join the ranks of the Orchestra Mozart – an offer that she couldn’t refuse twice. Becoming a member of the Orchestra, she was amazed by the quality of its productions but also by the taste of Maestro Abbado and his knowledge of music.
One of her fondest memories isn’t actually directly related to music: during a rehearsal in Italy, as it was really warm, Claudio Abbado asked the musicians if they wanted an ice-cream and actually brought to the theatre a tray of ice-cream to share it with everyone of them. She says he looked so happy, just like a child.
She is eager to play again with OM, an Orchestra - she believes - that mixes together innovation, high quality and the thrill only freshness and youth can give.
Verena Fitz-Maria, born in 1982 in Augsburg, received her first violin lessons at the age four.
She continued her musical studies with professor Markus Wolf in Monaco of Bavaria, where she graduated in 2006; she also completed her training with professor Zakhar Bron at the University of Zurich (Diploma of Concert and Master of Arts in Performance). From 2003 to 2005 she was a member of the Academy of the Bavarian State Orchestra and of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. Verena played in the orchestra of the Zurich Opera from 2009 to 2013, and in the Orchestra of the Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofia" in Valencia, always in the first violins. Verena Fitz has received several international scholarships and awards in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and has performed as a chamber musician (among others in the Duo Artena) in festivals across Europe. She plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin of 1860. Verena Fitz is part of the Orchestra Mozart Bologna and since April 2013, a member of the first violins of the Bayerische Staatsoper.