Saturday 23rd April 2022 at 8.00 pm
St Mary's Church
Beethoven Violin Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No 1
Charlotte Edwards (Leader)
Nazrin Rashidova (Violin Soloist)
Iain Ledingham (Conductor)
We are delighted to welcome back Nazrin Rashidova to perform Beethoven’s wonderful violin concerto. On a previous visit to our Festival she gave a superb account of the Mendelssohn concerto.
Praised by the American Record Guide for encompassing a ‘consummate technique and unabashed bravura wedded to a great sense of style… an example to nearly every violinist alive’ — soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral director, pedagogue and researcher, Nazrin Rashidova’s musical acumen is ensuring a unique place for her in the music world.
The Azerbaijani-British violin virtuoso made her solo début 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 Orchestra in 2008, Britain’s first female chamber orchestra in 70 years, is merely the latest in a series of achievements. Based in London, FeMusa have been featured on BBC World News, Euronews, LondonLive, and they have given numerous concerts in London, performed on ‘Omani Woman’s Day’ at the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman, and in Baku, Gabala and Paris.
She was accepted to the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 15, where she had the privilege of playing 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 competitions, she has appeared on international TV and radio, played for Royalty and other dignitaries, and also performed in the USA, Japan, Europe and the Middle East.
More recently, Rashidova has completed her PhD at the Royal Academy of Music, where she explored Émile Sauret’s 24 Études Caprices, op.64 through the making of a first recording. Her world premiere recording series of these works comprise four volumes and have been released by Naxos (2017~2020).
Tickets: £20, £15