Nina Kotova.


Bach, J S:

  • Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Performed by Nina Kotova (cello).

Newsweek magazine wrote the following about Russian-born cellist Nina Kotova that she is “passionate and inspiring”, and that she is “Very expressive, imaginative, and she has a powerful stage presence.”

Ms. Kotova studied at the Moscow Conservatory and also at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany. She gave her first performance as a soloist with orchestra at age 11.

She made her Western debut in Prague with the Prague Radio Orchestra in 1986 after winning the Prague International Competition, and followed that achievement with debuts at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Centre in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

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 performs with the instrument that Jacqueline Du Pre made famous in the early 1960’s.

Here is Cellist Nina Kotova performing Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise” as orchestrated by Nina Kotova:


And here she is, performing on one of Russia’s Talk Shows:



Finally, here is Nina Kotova performing the Dvorak Cello Concerto Op.104, with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Andrew Litton conducting.

Nina Kotova plays a Giuseppe (filius Andrea) Guarneri cello.


Tags: Nina Kotova, Cellist, Jacqueline Du Pre, Vocalise, Dvorak