Anna Margrethe Nilsen has been praised for her violin playing “full of sweetness, enthusiasm, playfulness and rich tone.” – Budstikka, Norway.
At the age of nine she had her solo debut with the Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra, and has later appeared as a soloist with the orchestras Bergen Philharmonic, Kaliningrad Chamber, the symphony orchestras of; Trondheim, Kristiansand, Romerike, Bærum and Asker, and Juenesses Musicales, Novgorod Chamber, Norwegian Opera Orchestra, Musicum Concentus, Galician Chamber, Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia, St. Petersburg State Symphony and State Chamber Orchestra of Belarus.
She has performed in venues such as Wiener Konzerthaus, Oslo Concert Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall, and performed with distinguished artists like Lars Anders Tomter, Guy Braunstein, Liza Fershtman, Henri Demarquette, the American String Quartet, Øyvind Gimse, Paul Neubauer, Amanda Forsyth and Pinchas Zukerman.
A native of Norway, Nilsen started to play the violin at the age of four, studying with Professor Isaac Schuldman. She obtained a Bachelor and Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Patinka Kopec and Pinchas Zukerman. Nilsen is a winner of the Sparre Olsen Competition, National Violin Competition for Youth (Norway), Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition (New York) and Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition, and has received the Medal of Honor of Málaga, Dobloug Award and Hugo Kortschak Award.
Recently Nilsen toured Spain as guest concert master of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra with conductor and violinist Julian Rachlin, performing in Madrid’s National Auditorium, Auditorium of Zaragoza and Palau de Valencia. This season Nilsen is releasing a CD for Centaur Records, which includes Szymanowski’s Mythes and Bartok’s Violin and Piano Sonata no. 2, with pianist Anna Petrova and Josu de Solaun, and furthermore a recording of all Grieg’s Violin and Piano sonatas.
Currently Nilsen is a professor of violin at the Galamian Academy in Málaga, and founder and director of Málaga Clásica International Chamber Music Festival.