Music today needs more and more young artists of this kind of quality – Ivry Gitlis
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Refined musical intuition, virtuosic technique and playing of special integrity: these are all qualities attributed to violinist Nadja Nevolovitsch. Now living in Belgium, the St. Petersburg-born soloist and chamber musician enjoys a flourishing career.
Like many musically-gifted Russian children, she was educated from the age of six at the specialized music school at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. After moving to Germany she was accepted into the class of the famous pedagogue Zakhar Bron.
She went on to study with Anna Netchiporouk-Bron, Thomas Brandis, Itzhak Rashkovsky and Liviu Prunaru, and also with Igor Oistrakh at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, where she was awarded a masters degree with greatest distinction. This was followed in 2013 by a performer’s diploma at the Rostock University of Music and Drama under Petru Munteanu. She received further inspiration and guidance from Ivry Gitlis.
Nadja made her first appearances with orchestra early, at the age of eleven. Since then she has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonie Baden Baden, Camerata Menuhin and Harmos Festival Orchestra, working with conductors such as Shlomo Mintz, Dirk Vermeulen, Ronald Zollman, Andrej Petrenko and Ivo Venkov.
Nadja Nevolovitsch has been successful in numerous competitions internationally, including the Henri Wieniawsky Competition in Poland and the Toshiya Eto Competition in Tokyo, second prize in the International Violin Competition Sion-Valais in Switzerland and the Königin Sophie Charlotte Competition in Germany, and first prize in the Luxembourg Competition for Young Soloists.
Nadja Nevolovitsch is a passionate chamber musician and plays in ensembles of various kinds, including piano trio and string quartet. In 2011 she was the first violinist of the Menuhin Academy string quartet. In the same year the quartet was awarded both the first prize and the audience prize in the Chamonix Mont Blanc competition in France.
She has performed with artists such as Yuri Bashmet, Lynn Harrell, Thomas Brandis, Diemut Poppen, Martin Ostertag, Máté Szücs and Evelinde Trenkner, and has been a guest at renowned festivals including the Festival International de Musique Sion, Chamber Music Connects the World in Kronberg, the Scharwenka Festival in Szamotuly, Poland, and the Internationales Lübecker Kammermusikfest, where in recent years she has regularly been invited to perform various unknown works.
Since early childhood Nadja Nevolovitsch has played as a duo with her sister, pianist Marianna Nevolovitsch. A further duo partner is Antwerp cathedral organist Peter Van de Velde, with whom she has already recorded three CDs, including ‘Encounters’ (AEOLUS, 2012), ‘Bach at Antwerp Cathedral’ (Unda Maris, 2014) and ‘It Takes Two’ (Animato Music Productions, 2015). Each album has received great critical acclaim.
It has always been important to Nadja to pass on her knowledge. From 2008 to 2009 she taught as Igor Oistrakh’s assistant in Brussels. Since 2011 she has given masterclasses, including at the ‘Pipes for Peace’ festival in Cairo, at the Rimsky-Korsakov Academy in Brussels as guest tutor, and at the ‘Opus 74’ summer music academy in Flaine, France.
In 2016 she will be a tutor at the Danube International Concerto Masterclass and Competition in Budapest.
Nadja Nevolovitsch held a scholarship from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben from 2013 to 2015, through which she was granted access to valuable instruments. She currently plays a Bernadel violin (Paris, 1832)