Nora Romanoff

viola
biography

Since a very young age violist Nora Romanoff gives concerts worldwide both as a soloist as well as a chambermusician in prestigious venues such as the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Theatro Colon de Buenos Aires, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Vienna Musikverein, the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Les Classiques de Villars, the Andrey Sacharov Festival and Valdres Sommersinfoni, among many others.


As a soloist she has performed with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Zagreb Chamber Orchestra, the Orchesta Filarmonica di Bacau, the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Irkutsk and the Argentinian Camerata Bariloche. As a chamber musician she played aside stellar musicians such as Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Gabriela Montero, Lylia Zilberstein, Renaud Capucon, Gavriel Lipkind and many others.


Born 1985 in New York and moved to Vienna at a young age, Nora came in contact with artists such as Isaac Stern, Martha Argerich, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Zubin Mehta, Yehudi Menuhin and Valentin Berlinsky, who were important inspirational guides in her formative development. At age six she started playing the violin under the guidance of her mother Dora Schwarzberg. She had her debut as a soloist at the Vienna Konzerthaus at the age of 11.


From 2002 Nora devoted herself to the viola and soon began her path as a soloist and passionate chamber musician. Her current repertoire comprises an ample amount of compositions, ranging from early to contemporary music.
Yuri Bashmet, Hatto Bayerle, Michael Kugel, Thomas Kakuska, Johannes Meissl and Igor Sulyga are among her teachers and mentors. Since 2014 she carries a "magistra artium" from the University of music and performing arts, Vienna.


She has been prizewinner at several international competitions in Italy, Austria and Croatia and was for many years artist for the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation "Live Music Now" in Vienna.
Nora Romanoff is one of the core musicians of the "Podium Festival Esslingen", that has established itself as one of the most innovative and successful chamber music festivals in Europe. She was co-founder of Podium Festival Mödling and is co-artistic director of Podium Brijuni/ Fazana, that will take place in Croatia in summer 2015.


Nora is member of the ensemble LUX, a well established string quartet that specializes on the performance of contemporary repertoire. The quartet performed together with the theatre ensemble of "Schauspielhaus Vienna" during the 2014/15 season.


EMI Classics released 10 discs with her participation, recorded live from the "Progetto Martha Argerich", several of which received "Grammy" nominations. She furthermore recorded for Gramola and Naxos.


Nora plays on a 1790 Pietro Pallotta Viola, that has most generously been donated to her by the late Lady Magaret Kagan.



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