Meet The Artists - Nurit Stark

Nurit Stark

The Israeli violinist Nurit Stark studied at Rubin Academy Tel Aviv with Prof. Haim Taub, later at Juilliard School of Music New York with Prof. Robert Mann and Prof. Glenn Dicterow, as well as at Musikhochschule Cologne with the members of the Alban Berg Quartet. She completed her master studies at Universität der Künste Berlin with Prof. Ilan Gronich.

As a soloist she has appeared with symphony orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, Münchner Radio Orchestra under Dmitry Sitkovetsky, the Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra, the Transylvania Philharmonic Orchestra, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra.

Nurit Stark is a winner of the International Ibolyka Gyarfas Competition Berlin and a prizewinner of the International George Enescu Competition Bucharest, the International Chamber Music Competition “Premio Trio di Trieste” and the International Leopold Mozart Violin Competition Augsburg. She has also received a grant from the Ilona Kornhauser Foundation as well as scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation in Israel.

As a chamber musician Nurit Stark has performed at international festivals such as Lockenhaus Kammermusikfest, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Mozart-Festival Augsburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Kammermusiktage  Mettlach, Pacific Music Festival Saporo, Galilee Chamber Music Festival in Israel, Davos Festival, Sommets Musiceaux Gstaad and Ensemble en scène Lausanne and has given concerts all around Europe, Israel, Japan and the USA in concert halls such as Carnegie Hall New York, Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Philharmonie Cologne, Mozarteum Salzburg, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels and many others. For many years Nurit Stark has been working in close collaboration to pianist Cédric Pescia. Their Duo is supported by the Forberg-Schneider Foundation (Munich). Toghether with cellist Monika Leskovar they form the Trio Stark.

Her passion for contemporary music has led her to perform numerous world premieres and to collaborate with composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Viktor Suslin and Georg Nussbaum.

Aside from her solo activities, Nurit Stark has been a Guest Concertmaster in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and in the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and is taking part in avant-garde stage projects which integrate concepts of music and theatre (Schaubühne Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, Kammerspiele Munich, Gessnerallee Zurich,  Schauspiel Stuttgart, Théâtre de Bobigny Paris and Burgtheater Vienna).

Her debut CD including works by Busoni and Enescu, recorded with Cédric Pescia, has been published by the label “Claves records”.  Her recording of the “Kafka Fragments” by Kurtág for the BIS label was awarded the “Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”. Also her chamber music CDs of works by Messiaen (with Francois Benda, Ivan Monighetti, Felix Renggli and Cédric Pescia released by Genuin) and Robert/Clara Schumann have been highly acclaimed by the international press. On her new recording she and Cédric Pescia will perform the violin sonatas by Ernest Bloch.

Nurit Stark plays a Pietro Guarneri di Mantua Violin, built in 1710.

Photo Credit: Uwe Neumann

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