Cellist Vera Dickbauer is a passionate chamber musician, and member of the chamber group ATOUT, a flexible ensemble based in Vienna, which specialises in playing repertoire for quintet to octet. They made their Vienna Konzerthaus debut in 2013.
Vera has also been extensively recognised for her solo and sonata playing, as finalist at the 2012 International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria, and at the 2011 Gradus ad Parnassum Competition. In addition, she won second Prize at the 2008 International Violoncello Competition Liezen, and the special prize at the Concorso Enrico Mainardi. She won several first prizes for her solo playing, as well as for chamber music at the Austrian youth competition, Prima la musica.
Vera is also a committed orchestral player, and was a substitute in the Klangforum Wien, Vienna’s contemporary specialist group, for the European premiere of George Benjamin´s acclaimed opera Written on Skin at the Vienna Festwochen. She was also a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra, as well as the Wiener Jeunesse Orchester.
Born in 1992, Vera’s first cello lessons were at 4 years old, with aunt Judith Bik. From 2005-09, she studied with Prof Heidi Litschauer at the University Mozarteum Salzburg’s Preperation Course. At the age of 16, she successfully auditioned and entered Prof Mag. Reinhard Latzko’s cello class at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and made her small diploma. After that, studies with Raphael Wallfisch, Philip Higham, Miklos Perenyi and Ralph Kirshbaum followed as part of an Erasmus exchange programme in Manchester. Currently she studies cello with Enrico Bronzi at the Mozarteum Salzburg, and chamber music with Prof Dr Johannes Meissl, and has attended masterclasses by Wolfgang Boettcher, Antonio Meneses, Heinrich Schiff, Jerome Pernoo and Xenia Jankovic.