Nadine Nagen

Violinist

Nadine’s Music Story

Nadine started with Dalcroze movement and rhythm based musical learning at the age of 5, and then started piano.  Violin was her real passion though which she started at 8 at school, learning the Suzuki violin method and then moving to private lessons.  Nadine comes from a musical family, with a Dad who played saxophone, flute, and guitar.  During her time at Buxwood Grange School and Burgess Hill Secondary School, Nadine played in Brighton Youth Orchestra and String Ensembles in Lewes and East Sussex.  These groups took her on tours which were great experiences and helped inspire her decision to pursue music as a career.  She went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music and then onto Trinity.

Nadine has been teaching for 11 years and performing.  Nadine also performs as part of a group, Nereus, and writes her own music.

Here a few of the awards she has against her name..

Henry Wood House Award, Trinity Laban (2011-2013)

Open Academy Fellowship 2010-11, The Royal Academy of Music

Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust Prize (2010 & 2011)

North London Festival D’Addario String Prize: Distinction

Brighton and Hove Springboard Concerto Competition: 2nd prize

The Soloists Competition, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance: Semi-Finalist

And her recordings/ broadcasts and other performances..!

Live broadcasts: Billboard Awards 2020 with Dua Lipa (Women in Music), BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge with Yungblud, BBC Radio 3 at The Royal Albert Hall with Sir Elton John, Channel 4’s ‘Made In Chelsea’ with Quartet Voluté, Quartet Voluté & Glen Matlock (The Sex Pistols): Marshall London Smartphone Launch, Dermot Kennedy ‘Some Summer Night’ live-stream at The Natural History Museum, Quartet Voluté & Roger O’Donnell: Live Premiere of ‘Love and Other Tragedies’,  BBC Radio Kent with The Paul Dunton Orchestra,  Balcony TV with Elise Yuill,  BBC Persia with Orion Symphony Orchestra.

Recordings:  London Contemporary Orchestra  ‘The Matrix 4’ & ‘Dreamhorse’,  Emma Hatton: ‘Thirty Three and a Third’ (No.1 on iTunes jazz charts),  The Cure: ‘Dead Good’ BBC documentary & ‘Pictures of You’,  Roger O’Donnell  ‘2 Ravens’,  Chineke! : Legend 35 by Bob Marley,  Wildflowers: ‘On The Inside’,  Hamza Hawsawi: ‘Find You’, Chineke! Orchestra and Stewart Goodyear: ‘Callaloo’,  Orion Symphony Orchestra & Panos Karan: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3,  Veles Ensemble: ‘Breathing Strings’ by David Swick.

Other:

Unsound Festival, Krakow, 2019:  London Contemporary Orchestra & Moor Mother

Grimeborn Festival 2018: Elephant Steps

Wilderness Festival 2016/18: The Wilderness Orchestra

Lanterns on the Lake UK tour 2016/17

Glastonbury Festival 2015:  Elise Yuill

Montreux Jazz Festival 2006

What was the Royal Academy of Music like and who has been your most inspirational teacher?

The Royal Academy was very intense, but I learnt a lot.  I would say my most inspirational teacher was at Trinity College though where I did my Masters, who was John Crawford, who taught the Alexander technique.

So, what are you like as a teacher and what age would you recommend people start playing?

I enjoy teaching children age 8 and upwards.  My friends would describe me as passionate, creative, and driven and so I think I bring these elements to my lessons.

What has been your career highlight to date?

A particular highlight was playing at a festival in Poland with a spoken word artist in a string group, which was just such an incredible experience.

What is your favourite music?

I love a real variety of different kinds of music, including Santana, Stevie Wonder and Brazilian music!

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