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Anna Nilsen
Violin
Anna Nilsen

"Anna Margrethe Haugland Nilsen, gave us an exceptionally mature interpretation of Edouard Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnol". And it was not just the orchestra violinists who smiled with excitement over her achievement."

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"Her play was ongoing, dynamic and languorous, melancholic and lyrical in character...A musician's goal is to capture the audience’s interest in a work, its construction, moods and values. Nilsen succeeded beyond doubt!"

Berit Kvinge Tjøme
Music Critic, BUDSTIKKA

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Anna Nilsen is known for her sense of style and lyrical sound. Ms. Nilsen has moved audiences worldwide with energy-filled performances. Anna’s solo debut, at the age of nine, took place with the Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra, and was immediately invited the following year as soloist with Kaliningrad Chamber Orchestra. Other major performances include the Novgorod Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Bærum Symphony Orchestra, Asker Symphony Orchestra, Romerike Symphony Orchestra, Juenesses Musicales Orchestra, Norwegian Opera Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Galicia, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra and The State Chamber Orchestra of Belarus, with whom she toured for three consecutive years.

As a recitalist, Anna Nilsen has performed in countries all over the world including Norway, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Spain, China, Israel, the Netherlands, Russia, Brazil, Canada and USA. She has also taken part in various international 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 led by Pinchas Zukerman.

A native of Norway, Anna Nilsen started to play violin at the age of four. When she was six years old she began her studies with Professor Isaac Schuldman. From 2004-2006 she was a precollege student at the Norwegian Academy of Music. 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. In addition, Ms. Nilsen has received master classes from Robert Mann, Georgy Pauk, Mark Lubotsky, Rudolf Koelman, Pamela Frank, Pierre Amoyal and Maxim Vengerov, and had the privilege to play privately for the great conductor, Zubin Mehta.

Ms. Nilsen has been a two-time winner of the Sparre Olsen Competition, first prize in the National Violin Competition for Youth in Norway, winner five consecutive years of the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition in New York, received the prestigious Dobloug Award in 2010 and was a prize winner of the Eisenberg-Fried concerto competition in 2011 with the Barber violin concerto. She received the Hugo Kortschak Award from Manhattan School of Music in 2012 for outstanding achievement in chamber music and is a 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. She was selected as an International Artist in the festival Music@Menlo, led by musicians of the year David Finckel and Wu Han. She performed in Borden Auditorium in New York with The American String Quartet for their 35 year anniversary, toured with the Heifetz Institute in Washington, Baltimore and New York and was a solist with Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic Orchestra playing Barber’s violin concerto with conductor Jens Georg Bachmann. Invited to the Norwegian Youth Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, Norway, she performed with distinguished artists such as Lars Anders Tomter, Liza Fershtman and Henri Demarquette.

Ms. Nilsen is, together with Spanish violinist Jesus Reina, co-founder and artistic director of the chamber music festival Málaga#Clásica, which had its first edition in May 2013 with absolute success. Málaga#Clásica’s second edition will take place May-June of 2014.

"It was great to experience a young violinist master Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in such a mature way. Nilsen carved out the work's melodic lines and impressed with colors of sound, warmth and intensity in the high registers. Her play was ongoing, dynamic and languorous, melancholic and lyrical in character.
.... A musician's goal is to capture the audience’s interest in a work of music, its construction, moods and values. Nilsen succeeded beyond doubt!"

Berit Kvinge Tjøme
Music Critic, BUDSTIKKA