The Eufonia Duo Wien are devoting themselves to the whole range of works written for violin and cello. They have for example given guest performances with the international Bodensee festival, international Bregenz festival, also concerts as part of the subscription concerts at the Vienna Konzerthaus and have appeared at different international summer festivals and concert series in Germany, Austria, Italy and USA. They also give benefit concerts for the Caritas hospice movement and concerts for elderly people based on Yehudi Menuhin’s idea of ‘Live Music Now’. The duo are also frequent guests in a series of concerts organised by the Museum of Applied Arts at the Geymüllerschlössl in Vienna.

In order to broaden the relatively small, though highly demanding duo repertoire, the Eufonia Duo approached some of the leading Austrian composers.

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Stephan Achenbach

studied violin and chamber music in his home town of Friedrichshafen with Hermine Diemer and Gisela Heinemann and then also at the Vorarlberg Conservatory with Prof. Roland Baldini. He went on to study with Prof. Ernst Kovacic and Klara Flieder at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he also took his diploma. Together with Shamita Achenbach-König he completed his chamber music studies with members of the Vienna String Sextet (Erich Höbarth and Rudolf Leopold) and the Vienna Schubert Trio (Boris Kuschnir, Martin Hornstein and Claus Christian Schuster). In addition to this he also studied the solo violin with Franz Samohyl and Rainer Kußmaul.

Stephan Achenbach appears in all the major cities of Europe and overseas both in his function as first violin with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and as chamber musician.

Between 1993 and 1997 he was a member of the Wiener Mozart Trio (piano trio), giving concerts in such renowned concert halls as the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Concert Houses in Beijing and Shanghai. Appearances at major music festivals included the Vienna Klangbogen, the Bregenz Festival, the Festival de Musica Costa do Estoril, the Jakarta International Festival of Performing Arts and the Thailand Festival of the Arts.

The trio also appeared in concert series and summer festivals in Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, South Corea, Singapore, at the chamber music society in Hong Kong and several cities of Indonesia. The Wiener Mozart Trio made a recording of works by Mozart and Brahms which was produced by the record label Koch Discover International.

Already in his youth Stephan was interested in violin building and he was given the chance by violin maker Jürgen von Stietencron to build a violin himself. Even today he is still fascinated to see how a new instrument comes into existence. Stephan plays a violin by this master from 2002.

Shamita Achenbach-König

received violoncello lessons in her home town of Bregenz and at the Vorarlberg Conservatory with Prof. Penelope Gunther. Further studies were at the music universities of Salzburg and Vienna and the Konservatorium Wien University with Prof. Jontscho Bayrov, from where she graduated with distinction. In addition she took private solo cello studies with Martin Hornstein and chamber music lessons with the Vienna String Sextet and the Vienna Schubert Trio. To complete her education she attended master classes with Siegfried Palm, Heidi Litschauer and Tobias Kühne. She works as a freelance musician and is often invited to play with different ensembles, such as the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, the Vienna Concert-Verein and the Vienna Bach Soloists.

She appears in chamber music concerts with members of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the Bregenz Festival among others. Upon the invitation of the Vatican she gave a concert for Pope John Paul II as part of a chamber ensemble in 1993.

In addition, she is much sought after as a cello teacher and she even holds a Guinness World Record for playing the cello non-stop for 24 hours. She plays a cello by Sebastian Dallinger, Vienna, from 1793.