Instrumentalist - Viola, Instrumentalist - Violin
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Featured as a “Face to Watch” in the Los Angeles Times, Nokuthula Ngwenyama’s performances as orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician continue to garner great attention. Gramophone proclaimed Ms. Ngwenyama’s playing as providing “solidly shaped music of bold, mesmerising character,” and the Washington Post described her as playing “with dazzling technique in the virtuoso fast movements and deep expressiveness in the slow movements.”

Posted: Dec-14-2012
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“Laredo and guest violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama had a nice thing going on [with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio] in the Dvorák Piano Quartet in E flat major (Op. 87), often passing similar material back and forth. The spirited reading gathered energy through interactions of this sort, as well as some lovely repose from cellist Sharon Robinson in the second movement. Ngwenyama has a fascinating kind of charismatic sound. It’s not huge, and yet, through a combination of focus and refinement, it has great presence. She’s young, born just a few months before KLR’s debut, and brought the added benefit of responding to her colleagues in subtle ways.”
— Philadelphia Inquirer
Posted: Feb-3-2014
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Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein (1829 - 1894) was one of the most prodigious and controversial musical talents of the 19th century. His fame as a virtuoso pianist rivaled that of Liszt, and as a composer he was quite prolific, writing 17 operas, six symphonies, five piano concerti, concerti for violin and cello, and numerous chamber works. Many compositions performed during his lifetime fell into obscurity leading up to World War I, as did his great fame. A rise in nationalism did much to shunt Rubinstein's reputation and work, as his musical approach and personal philosophy did not fit that mold. He felt that German and Russian nationalism were dangerous and believed music should remain international. Nevertheless, a Germanic influence is apparent in much of his work, much to the consternation of 'The Five' (Balakirev, Borodin, Cui, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov) and other contemporary Russian composers.
Posted: Nov-8-2008
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Posted: Apr-7-2008