Lecture by Nazrin Rashidova
A performer's approach to Mendelssohn's
Violin Concerto. Op.64
Thursday 18th April 8.00 pm
Amersham Free Church
Enthusiastically received by his contemporaries, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto quickly became one of the most frequently performed violin concertos of all time. In this talk Nazrin explores its performance history, challenges and the personal and professional impact of the work at its learning and performing stages. She also gives an insight into her career, influences and her current research at the Royal Academy of Music, which explores a 19th century violin phenomenon, Émile Sauret and the making of a world premiere recording series of his 24 Études-Caprices (which interestingly share the same opus number as the Concerto).
The Azerbaijani-born British violin virtuoso, soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral director, Nazrin Rashidova made her solo debut at the age of three in Baku and was awarded a gold medal by the Cairo Opera House for an exceptional violin recital three years later. Establishing FeMusa in 2008, Britain’s first female chamber orchestra in 60 years, is the latest in a series of achievements.
She was accepted into the Royal Academy of Music at the age of fifteen, where she had the privilege to play on a rare collection of violins by Antonio Stradivari. She studied with Professors Erich Gruenberg, Felix Andrievsky and Lydia Mordkovitch.
A prizewinner in several international com-petitions, she has broadcast internationally, played for royalty and other dignitaries, and also performed in the US, Japan, Europe and the Middle East.
Tickets: £12, Students Free
(£2 reduction if booking a ticket for concert on 26th April)