Instrumentalist - Viola, Instrumentalist - Violin

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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The Robert S. Duncanson Society of the Taft Museum of Art has selected violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama as the 2010 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence from a talented pool of local and national candidates.
Posted: Aug-25-2010
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“The star of the show was Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major.... Saturday’s performance showed not only why it is still being performed, but why there is good reason to hear the chamber pieces not only of Beethoven, but of lots of more recent composers such as Leos Janacek (1854-1928). The other star of this performance was violinist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, who was raised locally and has gone on to an international career.”

— City Watch L.A.
Posted: Oct-21-2014
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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