Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the New Century Chamber Orchestra
Italian-born classicalÂ violinist andÂ music director of the New Century Orchestra Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg performs at Denison University in Granville, Ohio on February 3, 2011 with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, playing music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Astor Piazzolla, BÃ©la Bartok and Hugo Wolf.
I’ve heard Nadja perform several times over the years with orchestras and in recitals. Such was her intensity and her physical strength that I feared for the violin!Â Listen, you gotta love anyone whoÂ writes on their website:
“I am replacing all of my mirrors with fun house mirrors. The ones that make you look skinny and tall. That way, each time I pass one, I will be able to say, ‘Nadja, you are hot! YouÂ areÂ so hot, dammit!’”
Nadja’s solo career continues apace, but she is spending a fair amount of time touring and recording with New Century Chamber Orchestra. Their first album together, actually, called Together,Â features Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Gustav Mahler’s Adagietto and a magnificent account of Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen. Add this to Nadja’s large (and expanding) discography of concerti and recital works going back twenty years.
New Century Chamber Orchestra is a 20 plus member string orchestra based in San Francisco performing without a conductor. After only a few guest performances with the orchestra,Â Salerno-Sonnenberg took on the role of music director.
Go behind the scenes with the recording of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and New Century Chamber Orchestra’s first album: