Nelly von Alven



Review in the New York Concert Review, 18.11.2018

"This pair is clearly meant to play, and they do so exceptionally well."

NOVA Guitar Duos in the Carnegie Hall, 15.11.2018, reviewed


About me

The German classical guitarist Nelly von Alven has already enjoyed an intense performing career as a soloist and chamber musician. As a member of the NOVA guitar duo, she has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls, such as London's Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2019 the Italian label Stradivarius released her first duo debut album "Sortilegios", which was described by Classical Guitar as "exceptional - a duo with tremendous chemistry and synchronicity...highly recommended" and received a 5 rating stars by Rivista Musica. Nelly von Alven received her Bachelor of Music with honours from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and a Master of Performance with distinction from the Royal College of Music London. During her studies she received numerous awards and prizes at national and international competitions, such as the Twents Guitar Festival in the Netherlands, the International Guitar Competition Gevelsberg or the RCM Guitar Competition London. She was a scholarship holder of the Worshipful Company of Musicians London and Yehudi Menuhin's Live-Music-Now Foundation, for which she gave several workshops and outreaches. In 2015 her first solo CD "Canto spirituoso" was released on Fibonacci Records, including some first recordings and own compositions. In 2017, she played the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo with the Freie Sinfonikern Bielefeld at the Oetkerhalle Bielefeld as well as the British premiere of the Concerto for two guitars and orchestra by Germaine Tailleferre at the Britten Theatre London. Nelly von Alven currently lives in Florianópolis, Brazil.



CD Canto spirituoso

canto spirituoso

Rossen Balkanski: Canto Spirituoso; Nocturne
Nelly von Alven: 3 Memories
Miroslav Tadic: Macedonian Girl
Sergio Assad: Farewell
Simone Iannarelli: Variazioni "En memoire de S. Rachmaninow"
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Suite op. 133

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Music from Manuel de Falla, Frederico Mompou, Heitor Villa Lobos


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