ANNA NILSEN, violinist
Anna Nilsen has been praised for her violin playing “full of sweetness, enthusiasm, playfulness and with a rich tone.” - Budstikka, Norway. At the age of nine she had her solo debut with the Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra, and in the following years she appeared as a soloist with the orchestras Bergen Philharmonic, Kaliningrad Chamber, Trondheim Symphony, Kristiansand Symphony, Bærum and Asker Symphony, Romerike Symphony, Juenesses Musicales, Novgorod Chamber, Norwegian Opera Orchestra, Musicum Concentus, Galician Chamber, Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia, St. Petersburg State Symphony and the State Chamber Orchestra of Belarus.
Furthermore she has performed in music festivals such as the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Holland International Music Sessions, Juenesses Musicales, Norwegian Youth Chamber Music Festival, Heifetz International Institute, Kronberg Academy, Music@Menlo and NAC Young Artist Program in Canada, and in important venues as Wiener Konzerthaus, Oslo Concert Hall, Glinka Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall. She has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Lars Anders Tomter, Liza Fershtman, Henri Demarquette and the American String Quartet.
A native of Norway, Nilsen started to play the violin at the age of four, her first main teacher being Professor Isaac Schuldman. She obtained a Master of Music at the Manhattan School of music as part of the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program, receiving lessons from celebrated teaching associates Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec.
A winner of the Sparre Olsen Competition, the National Violin Competition for Youth in Norway, the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition in New York and the Eisenberg-Fried concerto competition, and receiver of the Medal of Honor of Málaga, Dobloug Award and Hugo Kortschak Award, Nilsen is also part of the Kempinski Arts Support Program.
Recently, Ms. Nilsen performed at the Wiener Konzerthaus and Carnegie Hall, in the music series of the Harvard Club and the WMP Hall in New York, at the Borden Auditorium in New York with The American String Quartet for their 35 year anniversary, and toured with the Heifetz Institute in the USA and was a soloist with Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic Orchestra playing Barber’s violin concerto with conductor Jens Georg Bachmann. As concertmaster for the New York Chamber Orchestra, she toured Spain with violinist and conductor Julian Rachlin performing in The Auditoriums of Madrid and Zaragoza, and the Palau in Valencia.
In February 2017 she will be recording a cd with works by Szymanowski, Bartok, Enescu and Janacek for the Centaur Records label, collaborating with violinist Jesus Reina and pianists Josu de Solaun and Anna Petrova, and will in addition record all three sonatas for violin and piano by Grieg with Anna Petrova.
Currently Nilsen is a professor of violin at the Ivan Galamian Academy and is Co-Founder and Director of Málaga Clásica International Chamber Music Festival.
Anna Nilsen plays on a Heinrich Heberlein violin from 1896.