German born violinist Nadja Zwiener studied in Berlin and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she specialised in historical performance practice of music from the 17th to the 19th century. She was a founding member of the Kuss Quartett, played in the opera orchestra in Munich for two years and worked closely with a number of composers on performing their newly written pieces before discovering what she enjoyed most: playing on gut strings. This interest soon led to performing in orchestras such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and English Baroque Soloists. From 2005 to 2008 she has regularly appeared in France as concertmaster for William Christie and Emmanuelle Haïm and collaborated in the same respect with Trevor Pinnock, Simon Rattle, Laurence Cummings and Christian Curnyn.

In 2007 Nadja was appointed leader of The English Concert, with whom she has toured Europe, the US and Asia. She also appears as a concerto soloist and directs programmes from the violin. Nadja particularly enjoys working with singers and creating interesting chamber music programmes that might go as far as combining Early Music with improvised, electronic or even contemporary music. Her regular chamber music partners include Maurice Steger, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Xenia Löffler and Joe Crouch. For the Bachakademie Stuttgart, Nadja took over as a concertmaster of the Gaechinger Cantorey in 2016 and helped in the transformation into a new period-instrument orchestra. As a Thuringian living in Leipzig, she feels particularly close to the music of Bach whose works also play an important role in her teaching the baroque violin and viola at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimar.


Johann Sebastian Bach, Adagio from The Solo Sonata in G Minor

George Frideric Handel, Suite Aus "II Pastor Fido" HWV 8a - Allegro

Johann Sebastian Bach, Der Friede Sei Mit Dir, BWV 158: II. Welt, Ade, Ich Bin Dein Müde (Excerpt)


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