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Cellist Nina Kotova has been hailed charismatic and inspiring. According to Newsweek magazine, “she‘s a fantastically gifted cellist… and has a powerful stage presence.” Time magazine states: “She is a musician of high seriousness and real talent”.  The LA Times said: “She is a talent to reckon with: poised, committed, graceful and spirited.”  Ms. Kotova has been internationally recognized as one of the outstanding instrumentalists of her generation. She has performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras across the globe and has toured often in the UK, Japan and US. She has appeared with the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic and the Royal Opera House orchestras, the BBC Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the St. Diego, St. Louis and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, the Prague Radio, Verdi Orchestra of Milan, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the China Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra in Lisbon and the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg. Ms. Kotova has performed in Red Square in Moscow, for the Imperial family of Japan and at Buckingham Palace.

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Cellist Nina Kotova has been hailed charismatic and inspiring.

According to Newsweek magazine, “she‘s a fantastically gifted cellist… and has a powerful stage presence.” Time magazine states: “She is a musician of high seriousness and real talent”.  The LA Times said: “She is a talent to reckon with: poised, committed, graceful and spirited.”

 Ms. Kotova has been internationally recognized as one of the outstanding instrumentalists of her generation. She has performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras across the globe and has toured often in the UK, Japan and US. She has appeared with the Czech Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic and the Royal Opera House orchestras, the BBC Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the St. Diego, St. Louis and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, the Prague Radio, Verdi Orchestra of Milan, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the China Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra in Lisbon and the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg.

Ms. Kotova has performed in Red Square in Moscow, for the Imperial family of Japan and at Buckingham Palace. She has appeared in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, at Town Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, Ravinia, Wolftrap, Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Centre in London, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Verdi, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Orchid Hall and Osaka Symphony Hall in Japan, The Esplanade in Singapore, Seoul Arts Center, the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at the Berlin Philharmonic.

Ms. Kotova has been the subject of numerous features in Time, Newsweek, Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazar and the Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, Hello magazine and Strings magazine and appearing on television on A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts, Hard Talk and the Charlie Rose Show as well as being on the covers of Classic FM, Classical Music Magazine Hong Kong, Record Forum, The Gramophone China, Caravan and VIP Russia, Il Venerdi Italia, Reader's Digest and in American Airlines’ Attractions magazine.

Ms. Kotova collaborates with musicians such as violinists Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Maxim Vengerov and Nikolaj Znaider, guitarist Angel Romero, soprano Laura Claycomb, flutist Sir James Galway and pianists Fabio Bidini, Jose Feghali, Helene Grimaud, Lang Lang and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Ms. Kotova has performed with conductors including Teodor Currentzis, Stephane Deneve, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vladimir Jurowski, Claus Peter Flor, Alain Lombard, Nicola Luisotti, Sir Antonio Pappano, Libor Pesek, Tamas Vasary, Hans Vonk and Jaap Van Zweden.

Among Ms. Kotova’s honors is the Tuscan - American Association award for her outstanding cultural contributions as a co-founder of the Tuscan Sun Festival. Ms. Kotova has also co-founded Festival Del Sole in Napa Valley.  She calls the Festivals “a mecca and meeting place for artists and admirers of the arts alike”.

Nina Kotova’s recordings include her chart-topping debut album for Philips Classics, the Delos release of Bloch’s Shelomo and her own Cello Concerto with the Philharmonia of Russia conducted by Constantine Orbelian, the Sony Classical release of the Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton, the Deutsche Grammophon compilation Masters of the Bow, which pays homage to the greatest cellists of the last 50 years, and Warner Classics’ release of the complete Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello recorded on the 1673 Jacqueline du Pré Stradivarius. 

Ms. Kotova has been a guest artist at the Casals, Verbier, Las Canarias, Boca Raton, Al Bustan, Yuri Temirkanov’s Arts Square, the Prague Spring, and Macao International Festivals as well as having appeared on the Chamber Music San Francisco, The Santa Fe Concert Association, and Cliburn Concerts concert series.

A champion of contemporary music, Ms. Kotova has commissioned and premiered works of leading composers including Christopher Theofanidis, Dmitry Smirnov, Michael Nyman, and Anthony Hopkins. She has premiered Jonathan Leshnoff’s Cello Concerto with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Kotova also commissioned and co-produced Seduction, Smoke and Music, a theatrical piece based upon the life of Frederic Chopin that she performed with Jeremy Irons.    

A versatile collaborator, Ms. Kotova has performed the Vivaldi double concerto with Bobby McFerrin, appeared on the MTV Music Awards at the MET with Trent Reznor, appeared in the Matthew Barney’s Cremaster, performed with Sting and Trudy Styler in the production “Twin Spirits” celebrating the life of Robert Schumann, performed Saint-Saëns The Swan with Nina Ananiashvili, Irina Dvorovenko, Lil Buck and the soloists of the Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Nina has appeared with John Malkovich in Iglesias’ A Registered Patent.

As a composer Nina Kotova has written numerous works for cello and orchestra. Her first Cello Concerto premiered in San Francisco in 2000. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "like Wolfgang Rihm in 1974, so Kotova in 2000 stands in defiance of both the emotional austerity of last century's modernism and the new simplicity of so much recent music.” Ms. Kotova was commissioned to write her Triple Concerto by the University of Texas and toured her Cello Concerto “The Tuscan” for cello and chamber orchestra with Dmitry Sitkovetsky conducting across the US featuring its NY premiere at Carnegie Hall.

Russian-born cellist Nina Kotova began cello studies at six. She studied at the Moscow Conservatory and at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, graduating with honors. She gave her first performance as a soloist with orchestra at age 11 in Russia. She made her debut in Prague with the Prague Radio Orchestra after winning 1st Prize at the “Concertino Praha“ competition in 1986. Carrying on the tradition of not only her legendary father, Russian double-bassist Ivan Kotov, but her teachers and mentors, which include Igor Gavrysh, Valentin Feigin and Boris Pergamenschikov, Ms. Kotova taught as an Artist in Residence at the University of Texas in Austin. 

The highlights of this season include a recital with Jean-Yves Thiabudet, a concerto collaboration with John Malkovich and an upcoming album release of Russian cello sonatas for Warner Classics. 

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