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Los Angeles, USA
- BA – Los Angeles, CA, USA: Colburn Conservatory, Paul Coletti (2016-2019)
- MA – New Haven, CT, USA: Yale School of Music, Ettore Causa (2019-2021)
- MA – Berlin: Musikhochschule „Hanns Eisler“, Tabea Zimmermann (2021-2023)
Born in 1999, German/Austrian violist Emma Wernig grew up in Los Angeles, California. A prizewinner in many competitions, Emma received the ‘Barbirolli Prize’ at the 2019 Tertis International Viola Competition. As a result of winning the 2017 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition, she released her debut album of rare Austrian Viola works on the Champs Hill label alongside pianist Albert Cano-Smit in July, 2021 to great critical acclaim. As a recipient of the Wilo Foundation Förderpreis of the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund in 2020, she remains a scholarship holder and is a featured soloist in their 23/24 season.
She has appeared at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Grachtenfestival in the Netherlands, France’s Festival de Musique de Wissembourg, Krzyzowa Music, the Gezeitenkonzerte in Ostfriesland, Verbier Festival, Kronberg’s Chamber Music Connects the World and the Vevey Spring Classic Festival in Switzerland.
Emma’s greatest passion lies in chamber music, having collaborated with artists such as Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, Lynn Harrell, Daniel Müller Schott, Steven Isserlis, Christian Tetzlaff, Nils Mönkemeyer, Viviane Hagner, among others.
Emma Wernig earned her Bachelors degree from the Colburn Conservatory where she studied with Paul Coletti and her Masters with Ettore Causa at the Yale School of Music where she received the Lucy Grosvenor Memorial Prize upon graduating. She is currently studying with Tabea Zimmermann at the Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler and resides in Berlin, Germany.