Fandango Bios
Eugenia Moliner and Denis Azabagic

Eugenia Moliner and Denis Azabagic are a husband-and-wife team acclaimed worldwide as the Cavatina Duo. They have captivated audiences with their electrifying performances in such major venues and festivals as Ravinia (Chicago), Da Camera Society (Los Angeles), Aix-en-Provence Summer Festival (France), the National Concert Hall of Taipei (Taiwan), National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing (China), National Flute Convention Gala Concert (USA), the Harris Theater (Chicago), Kolkata International Guitar Festival (India), Palau de la Musica (Spain), among many others. “If there is a finer flute and guitar duo in the world than Cavatina Duo, I have not heard them” raved Soundboard Magazine in June 2015.

Eugenia Moliner

Flutist Eugenia Moliner, a native of Spain, has been acclaimed as “brilliant” by the British Flute Society magazine. She has performed with principal musicians from the Chicago Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony orchestras and appeared with many renowned ensembles including the Chicago Chamber Musicians. Eugenia has been featured on radio and television programs in Europe, Asia and the USA. Her discography includes seven CDs.

Prizewinner in twenty-four international competitions, Bosnian guitarist Denis Azabagic has been described as a “virtuoso with flawless technique” by Soundboard Magazine. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Chicago and Madrid Symphonies, among many others. His discography includes eleven CDs and two DVDs.

Desirée Ruhstrat and David Cunliffe

Also a married couple, violinist Desirée Ruhstrat and cellist David Cunliffe are both members of the Lincoln Trio, nominated for a GRAMMY Award in 2017. Praised for their “joy of sheer technical ability, unanimity of phrasing and beautiful blended tone,” the trio has become one of Chicago’s most celebrated chamber ensembles. They have performed at Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center, NYC), Ravinia, across the United States as well as Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

The artistry of American violinist Desirée Ruhstrat has captivated audiences throughout Europe and the Americas. Desirée has won numerous awards including First Prize at the National Young Musicians Debut Competition in Los Angeles, where she was also lauded with a special award for a young performer of extraordinary talent. She was the youngest prizewinner at Switzerland’s Tibor Varga International Competition, where she also won the award for best interpretation of a contemporary composition. She won top prizes at the Carl Flesch, Julius Stulberg, and Mozart Festival Violin Competitions.

British cellist David Cunliffe has served as principal cello in performances with BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish and Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestras. As a member of the Balanescu Quartet, he toured Australia, Europe and the United States. In England, David was a recipient of the Terrance Weill and Leonard Hirsch Quartet Prizes and the Lady Barbirolli Chamber Music Award.

David has appeared frequently on radio and TV, including NPR and the BBC, and is a founding member of the Virtuosi Chicago Chamber Orchestra.