German born violinist Nadja Zwiener studied in Berlin and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she specialised in historic performance practice of music from the 17th to the 19th Century.
She concentrated on playing in a string quartet for eight years, 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.
She is the leader of The English Concert, with whom she regularly performs across Europe, the US and the Far East. She is also active as a soloist and directs programmes from the violin. Engagements include the violin solo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare on stage in Glyndebourne with the OAE and at the BBC Proms, a production of music by Vivaldi in Venice for the BBC, Bach violin concertos with The English Concert at Wigmore Hall in London and at the Bachfest in Leipzig, as well as directing Camerata Kilkenny, The English Concert, the Baltic States Baroque Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Kammerorchester Leipzig.
As a concertmaster she has worked with Simon Rattle, William Christie, Trevor Pinnock, John Eliot Gardiner and Emmanuelle Haïm, and regularly performs with various period instrument ensembles such as Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Les Arts Florissants, Le Concert d’Astrée and others.
Of particular interest and inspiration to Nadja is work with singers while her passion for chamber music led her to co-found the summer festival, Thüringer Kammermusiktage, in Germany, featuring music from the 17th to the 21st Century in often new and unusual contexts.
Nadja is often invited as a guest concertmaster and has recently worked with Barokkanerne Oslo (Norway), Capella Cracoviensis (Poland), St. James’s Baroque (London), Classical Opera Company (London), and Mendelssohn Kammerorchester Leipzig (Germany).
Together with the composer and performer Johannes Malfatti she is currently working on a project combining Early Music with Electronic Music, trying to challenge preconceived listening habits.