Instrumentalist - Viola, Instrumentalist - Violin
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Nokuthula Ngwenyama’s performances as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician garner great attention. Gramophone proclaimed Ms. Ngwenyama as providing “solidly shaped music of bold, mesmerising character,” and the Washington Post described her as playing “with dazzling technique ... and deep expressiveness.”

Posted: Feb-22-2018
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Violist and composer Nokuthula Ngwenyama joined with the Dover Quartet to perform her composition "Primal Message," for viola quintet, string quintet and second viola, during this year's Chamber Music Northwest festival. The composer was interviewed about her creative process, both as a composer and interpreter. 

Posted: Sep-11-2018
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"Added to this was Ms. Ngwenyama, Californian born, with a Zimbabwean/Japanese heritage. So effortlessly did she blend in with the ensemble that she could rarely be singled out. But in those lovely duets in thirds during the Mendelssohn, with First Violist Lawrence Dutton, one could hear what a talent she is."

— Concerto Net
Posted: Aug-22-2018
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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