The Classical Guitar Magazine, April 2019

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Nova Guitar Duo

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German Nelly von Alven and Brazilian Luiz Mantovani met when they were studying at the Royal College of Music in London and then formed the Nova Guitar Duo duo in 2016.One thing that separates them from most duos is their combination of instruments: Nelly plays a conventional six-string classical, and Luiz plays an eight-string “Brahms guitar.”

The NOVA Guitar Duo: Nelly von Alven, guitar, and Luiz Mantovani, 8-string guitar
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
November 15, 2018
For the third evening in their series entitled “Le Partage de la Musique” (“The Sharing of Music”) Pro Musicis presented another superb concert, this time featuring the NOVA Guitar duo. The duo combines the considerable talents of German guitarist Nelly von Alven (on 6-string guitar) and Brazilian guitarist Luiz Mantovani (on 8-string or “Brahms” guitar). The whole may not always turn out to be greater than the sum of its parts, but with this pairing – in addition to their individual gifts – there is a oneness of musical thought which makes them a rare find.

NOVA Guitar Duo: Nelly von Alven und Luiz Mantovani konzertierten in der Musik- und Kunstschule Bielefeld
Neue Westfälische, 30.05.2017, von Antje Doßmann

NOVA Guitar Duo Plays Federico Mompou’s ‘Canción y Danza No. 6’
Classical Guitar Magazin, March 16, 2018

Bemerkenswertes Programm: Das Freie Sinfonieorchester spielte in der Oetkerhalle unter der Leitung von Cornelius During auf beeindruckende Weise
Neue Westfälische, 07.03.2017, von Thomas Dohna