Sara Dionisia Zeneli

Sara Dionisia Zeneli

Born in Zakynthos, Greece, in 2000. Since 2022, she studies at the Reina Sofía Music School’s Telefónica Violin Chair with professor Marco Rizzi. She has been granted a scholarship by Fundación Albéniz. Her Majesty Queen Sofía handed her the Diploma to the most outstanding student of her chair in the 2022-2023 academic year.

She began to play the violin at the age of three, and furthered her education at the Rotterdam Conservatory, with Natalia Morozova, and in Athens with Vasili Papas. Between 2015 and 2020 she studied at the Stauffer Academy in Cremona with Maestro Salvatore Accardo. In 2021 she was selected amongst students from the Mozarteum University to attend two masterclasses by Maxim Vengerov. At present she is studying a Master’s in Violin at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg with Maestro Benjamin Schmid. She has also attended masterclasses by Sergey Kravchenko, Grigory Zhislin, Miriam Fried, Alina Pogostkina, Krzysztof Chorzelski (string ensembles), and Ralf Gothóni (groups with piano).

She has been awarded the Città di Fermo Special Prize to the best performance of Niccolò Paganini’s Los Caprichos at the Andrea Postacchini International Competition, and the Youth Development Special Prize at the Leopold Mozart International Competition.

She collaborates with the Antonio Stradivari Foundation in Cremona, playing the instruments of the precious collection at the Auditorio Arvedi.

As a student of the School, she has performed with the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Juanjo Mena; the Fundación EDP Camerata, conducted by Christoph Poppen and Paul Goodwin, and within Spain's World Heritage Cities Chamber Music series (Alcalá de Henares). She is currently a member of the Prosegur Albéniz Quartet, the Bain Satie and the Management Solutions Tchaikovsky trios and the Viena Octet.