Mikhail's solo career
As a soloist Mikhail Nemtsov has performed all over the world. Recent highlights include performances with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Philharmonia Orchestra, Porto Symphony Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, the RNCM Chamber Orchestra, Liverpool Mozart Orchestra and London Festival Orchestra. Previous musical collaborations include Vassily Petrenko, Nicholas Collon, The Nash Ensemble, Razumovky Ensemble, Alexandre Zemtsov, Maxym Rysanov, Anna Kandinskaya, Leon McCawley and Me Kyong Lee.
Nemtsov was the recipient of the Pierre Fournier Award in 2011, Silver Medal winner at the Rostropovich Memorial International Competition, the Muriel Taylor Scholarship, Silver Medal of The Worshipful Company of Musicians, Gold Medal of the Royal Northern College of Music and twice recipient of MBF Guilhermina Suggia Gift.
Nemtsov grew up in St Petersburg and following his graduation from the Rimsky-Korsakov Special Music School, he moved to Manchester where he studied at Chetham’s School of Music and Royal Northern College of Music kindly supported by Dorothy Stone and Howarth Scholarships. He has studied with eminent professors including Nicolas Jones, Hannah Roberts, Ralph Kirshbaum and Gary Hoffman.
Nemtsov taught at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Northern College of Music and at the Altensteiger Sommermusik Akademie in Germany. He has held masterclasses throughout Europe as well as in Russia. Nemtsov is holder of an International Artist Diploma at the RNCM and was awarded the position as a CMF Artist in 2013, in the company’s inaugural year.
He’s appeared as a solo cello in Bergen Symphony Orchestra and co-principal cello in BBC Philharmonic, Manchester.
Mikhail was recently appointed as a co-principal cello in Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg and was given a position of an Associate Honorary Artist at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.
Elena's solo career
Elena is a professor in solo accompaniment at Music and Art Private University Vienna and Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria. She is regularly invited to play in Altensteig Summer Music Academy, Festival Allegro Vivo (Austria), Orlando Festival (Holland), Schloss Heiligenberg Int.Music Academy (Germany) and Singapore Int. Violin Festival.
Elena Nemtsova started her musical studies at the age of 5. In 1993 she became a pupil in Special Music School-Lyceum Rimsky-Korsakov with a piano as a first study instrument and composition as a second study.(Classes Irina Ryumina, Eugeni Sinaiski and Svetlana Lavrova)
In 2009 Elena graduated from St-Petersburg Conservatoire with Distinction. (Classes Nina Seregina, piano, and Sergei Slonimsky, composition) During her studies in the Conservatoire she worked there as an accompanist in the main classes of cello and violin professors. Elena continued her musical studies doing her Masters degree in Performance with David Jones and Junior Fellowship in Accompaniment at the RNCM in Manchester. In 2010/11 Elena did the prestigious International Artist Diploma in Chamber Music in RNCM with lessons from Benjamin Frith, the pianist from Gould piano trio.
Elena is a top prizewinner of a various international competitions for composers and chamber musicians including such contests as "I am a composer", "Christal Tuning Fork", Maria Yudina Chamber music competition and Piano Duo Festival-Competition "The Window to Europe". In 2008 Elena received a Special Diploma for the best accompanist in the Mravinsky Competition for strings.
Elena has collaborated with Gerhard Schulz, Karine Georgian, Garry Hoffmann, Bruno Weinmaster, Sophia Jaffe, Thomas Riebl, Lars Mlekush, Predrag Katanic, Ralph Kirschbaum and Leonid Gorokhov
"Since childhood we've always loved playing together (Duo Bio). We are also very passionate to collaborate with other artists, playing in bigger chamber groups or concertos with an orchestra, together or separately. (Repertoire)"