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Our violin soloists: 

Nadja Nevolovitsch

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)

Oliver Rau

OIiver Rau has won several national and international prizes, awards and scholarships in various competitions such as the International Postacchini Competition, the SINFONIMA-Foundation and the National German Youth Competition ”Jugend  Musiziert“, including a 1st prize at national level for violin solo in 2013, a 1st prize at national level for violin duo in 2011 and also a 1st prize for piano accompaniment. His latest successes have been winning 1st prize at the International Danube Concerto Violin Competition 2016 and 2nd Prize at the International Competition Rovere D´Oro 2017 and many other prizes.
Oliver made his first appearance as a soloist with orchestra at the age of 14 performing the violin concerto of Wenzel Pichl. He appeared with various orchestras since then. In 2017, he performed as a soloist with the world-renowned conductor and former assistant of Leonard Bernstein Uri Segal, accompanied by Brunensis Virtuosi Orchestra. A highlight of the year 2016 has been his debut with Danube Symphony Orchestra, one of the leading Hungarian symphony orchestras, performing the violin concerto by Johannes Brahms under the baton of its principal conductor András Deák. In the last season, he worked several times with YoungStringsForum-Orchestra, conducted by Tomasz Lukasiewicz. In September and December 2016, he performed the Mendelssohn concerto 20 times with string quartet accompaniment. In November 2017 he performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto in the big hall of the legendary Hamburg concert hall. Oliver performes both at home and abroad in prestigious concert halls such as Laieszhalle Hamburg, Salle de Notari in Perugia or Danube Palace in Budapest and many more.
Oliver took part in numerous international renowned masterclasses and festivals. In 2016, he got invitations to three important international music festivals. He was accepted as one of the few participants of the world-renowned International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove in Cornwall/England (President Sir Simon Rattle) where he worked with Gerhard Schulz (formerly Alban-Berg-Quartet). Oliver participated in the Danube International Concerto Masterclass in Budapest where he was taught by Nadja Nevolowitsch (former assistant of Igor Oistrach). Moreover, he got an invitation to the legend international Moritzburg-Festival, where he performed with renowned musicians such as the violinist Mira Wang and others at the connected workshop “Meisterschüler-Meister". Furthermore he participated in international Music Fest Perugia, and he took part in the International Mendelssohn Summer School Festival repeatedly.
He received artistic devices by well-known artists such as Vadim Repin, Jan Vogler, Pierre Amoyal, Silvia Marcovici, Mira Wang, Gerhard Schulz (formerly Alban-Berg-Quartett), Tanja Becker-Bender, Regis Pasquier, Lidia Goldstein (both of them students of Oistrach), Sebastian Schmidt (Mandelring Quartet), Andreas Röhn, Christian Sikorski, Nadja Nevolowitsch, Anna-Kreeta Gribajcevic and Niklas Schmidt (formerly Fontenay-Trio). In addition to his solo activity, Oliver is an active chamber musician and he played and performed in various ensembles. Currently he founded a piano quartet and a piano quintet. He got artistic devices in chamber music especially by Jan Vogler, Antti Siirala, Niklas Schmidt, Leonard Roczek, Mira Wang, Gerhard Darmstadt, Ulf Tischbirek and Christian Sikorski. He is also conversant with Baroque playing.
Oliver performed with internationally renowned artists such as Vilde Frang, Benjamin Schmid, Mira Wang, Antti Siirala, Christoph Schickedanz (Johannes-Kreisler-Trio), Roland Glassl (formerly Mandelring-Quartet), John Chen, and Markus Nyikos (Gililov-Quartet) and his playing has been broadcasted several times on German radio (NDR Kultur). Moreover he appeared several times in German television. As an orchestral player Oliver has gained experience as Concert Master of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg, performing in the main concert halls in Hamburg, including performing for the Federal President of Germany, Joachim Gauck. Furthermore, he played with the symphony orchestra of the University of Drama Hamburg in leading positions, too. In 2011 and 2013, he was the recipient of a scholarship from the Marie-Luise Imbusch foundation, Lübeck.
Oliver was born near Hamburg in 1994. He received his first violin lessons at the age of six and began his studies at the University of Music and Drama in Hamburg at the age of 16 as a student of the pre-college devision (Andreas Franke Academy/full-scholarship) under Prof. Christoph Schickedanz. In October 2014 he continued his studies with Christoph Schickedanz at the University of Music and Drama Hamburg, pursuing a bachelor of music. Currently he studies at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg under Prof. Lily Francis.
Oliver is also a professional pianist. Besides playing the great repertoire for this instrument, he also accompanies several instrumentalists and singers in concerts and competitions. 
Oliver performs on a violin made by Nicolas Lupot, Paris 1815, a loan by the SINFONIMA-Foundation and on a violin made by Alfred Neudörfer. He plays a bow made by french bowmaker Victor Fétique.