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Yvonne Zehner studied with Mathias Seidl, Eliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch at the University Mozarteum, with Oscar Ghiglia at the "Accademia Musicale Chigiana" in Siena and Basel and with Nicolas de Souza Barros at the "UNIRIO" in Rio de Janeiro. In October 2001 she finished her musical studies at the Mozarteum achieving a Masters degree "with distinction".
She has taught guitar at the University of Passau since 2001 and is together with Christina Schorn artistic director of the Hallein International Guitar Festival. In 2009 she co-founded and became co-director of the Passauer Saiten Festival with Jürgen Schwenkglenks.
Chamber Music is a special passion – she perfomres regularly with the Gunnar Berg Ensemble Salzburg (contemporarian music, including a CD published in 2011), with the Enemble Mobile (including a CD, published in 2010 with Works by Sofia Gubaidulina and Klaus Ager) and with Trio Collage. She also was a member of the Yehudin Menuhin foundation "Live Music Now".
Yvonne Zehner's close collaboration with contemporary composers has led to the dedication of several works to her; these include Agustin Castilla-Avila's "Strings – A play" for guitarist and actor, and Julia Deppert's solo work "Sand", recorded for the ZHDK label in 2012 (Road to Skye,). In 2011 she premiered the piece Don't flinch by Michael Edwards for Computer and Guitar, published on the CD "Slippery Chicken. Algoritmic Compositions by Michale Edward on sumtone records.
She has worked with Sofia Gubaidulina, Konstantia Gourzi, Benjamin Lang, Louis Aguirre, Greg Caffrey, Siegfried Steinkogler, Niels Rasmussen, Eirik Moland, Klaus Ager and Andor Losconzy on premieres of their works.
In october 2010 she released her first solo album "passages" at the "Neo-Loop Department (Sony Music)" label. In 2013 she released her sencond solo album "vals total" at the "ZAYrecords" label.
Yvonne Zehner has performed at a variety of international festivals and concert series including the ASPEKTE Festival of Contemporary Music in Salzburg, Summer in Stuttgart – Music of the Centuries, the Passau European Festival, Incontri Chitarristici di Gargnano and the Edinburgh University Concert Series. During her career she has appeared in concerts in South America, China, Taiwan and various European countries such as the Czech Republic, Italy, France, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany and Austria.