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Duo Solista

25 Jan Posted by in Schedule | Comments
Duo Solista
DUO SOLISTA is Olga Kotova, violin; Dmitry Nesterov, piano

Olga Kotova (violin) and Dmitry Nesterov (piano) have played together since they were 17 and named themselves Duo Solista to reflect their dedication to being both solo artists and life partners.

Dmitry Nesterov arrived on the Canadian music scene in 1992 when he became a Laureate in the First Esther Honens Calgary International Piano Competition. Since settling in Canada with his family in 1994, Mr. Nesterov has impressed audiences, critics and colleagues alike with concert and recital work. He has appeared as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony, the Lethbridge and Red Deer Symphonies, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra as well as with numerous orchestras in Russia.

Mr. Nesterov had been a frequent quest at the Banff Arts Festival and the Mozart Festival in Kelowna, BC, the Millenium Foundation Concert Series in Calgary, Armenian Society in Montreal, Czechoslovakian and Hungerian Foundations in Calgary,and has collaborated with the Alberta Ballet, New Works Calgary, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Flutist Patrick Gallois, Pianist Jon Kimura Parker, violinist Katherine Manoukian, the Aubade Chamber Ensemble, conductors Hans Graf, Mario Bernardy Claude Lapalme, Kirk Muspratt, Jean Larouge, Alex Pauk, Bernard Labadie and can be heard on CBC Radio. With his wife Olga Kotova, Mr. Nesterov has performed recitals throughout Alberta and British Columbia.

Dmitry Nesterov is a graduate of the Central Music School in Moscow, Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the University of Calgary.

 Mr. Nesterov is a faculty member of the Mount Royal University, teaching at the Academy for gifted youth, and a private teacher in Calgary. 

Olga Kotova is a graduate of the Central Music School in Moscow, received her Honour Diploma in Violin Performance from the State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and  the Master degree in Violin Performance from the University of Calgary.Ms. Kotova has performed in solo recitals and with orchestras in Russia, Bulgaria, Germany, and was a semi-finalist at the International Jeunesses Musicales Violin Competition in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1991) and Lois Spohr International Violin Competition in Freiburg, Germany (1991).

Since coming to Canada in 1994, Ms. Kotova has been actively performing in recitals with her husband Dmitry Nesterov (together known as Duo Solista) across Alberta and British Columbia. She had been a frequent guest at the Banff Arts Festival and Mozart Festival in Kelowna, BC , The Instrumental Society of Calgary, and has collaborated with St. Lawrence String Quartet, the University of Calgary String Quartet, Alex Pauk from Toronto’ Esprit Orchestra, New Works Calgary , Ensemble Resonanse and the Aubade Chamber Ensemble.

Olga has been a First section Violin member of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 1996, and was featured as a soloist with the CPO on several occasions,  performing under the batons of Bernard Labadie & Franz-Paul Decker.

For our January 25th performance we are planning to (mostly) present music by Edvard Grieg.  “Holberg suite, op. 40” (piano solo) 1. Prelude; 2. Sarabande; 3. Gavotte; 4. Air; 5. Rigaudon. We will also perform a couple of miniatures by other composers t.b.aThe final composition will be a performance of Grieg’s “Sonata for violin and piano in F Major, op. 8”. 1. Allegro con brio; 2. Allegretto quasi andantino; 3. Allegro molto vivace.

This concert is a proud community co-presentation with the High Performance Rodeo – Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts.