FeMusa String Ensemble will play at St. John’s Smith Square on November 7 at 7.30pm when it will be joined by renowned British mezzo-soprano, Louise Winter. It follows the ensemble’s second outing at St James’s Church, Piccadilly, last November which was featured on BBC World News.
FeMusa was formed by violinist, Nazrin Rashidova who was born into a family of professional violinists in Baku in 1988. And establishing the women-only ensemble FeMusa in summer 2008 is merely the latest string to an already accomplished bow. Making her concert debut aged just three in Baku’s 1991 September Festival, she was an experienced international performer by the time the Cairo Opera House awarded her a gold medal after an exceptional recital as a six-year-old. She joined The Purcell School of Music in 1995 and was accepted to The Royal Academy of Music at the age of 15. Nazrin has given numerous concerts and recitals in the U.S.A, France, Germany, Poland, Egypt and in London at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall. She has also played at Buckingham and St. James’ Palaces for HRH The Prince of Wales. From the age of 10, Nazrin has been a participant and prizewinner of several international competitions and in 2006 she was invited to the Women of the Year Lunch for her achievements in music.
She says that there are a few female chamber orchestras scattered around Europe and Canada, but the uniqueness of this newly established ensemble lies in the fact that the last female orchestra in England, the British Women’s Orchestra, folded after the Second World War. The programme at St. John’s concert will include works by Albinoni, Bach, Williams and Fikrat Amirov’s ‘Nizami’ Symphony which was last performed in the UK in 1960s. Tickets are priced from £10 to £15.
For this special evening, The Royal Academy of Music have generously loaned Nazrin one of their very few cherished violins by Stradivarius for her to play.
To contact Nazrin Rashidova: Telephone 01923 245671