Nina Dolginsteva (Cello)

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Nina is a Russian cellist currently living in Stavanger, Norway. She was born in Leningrad, USSR, and at the age of 9 she met Mstislav Rostropovich, for whom she played several times. In 1994, Nina performed with him in the «Symphony of the Earth» organized by Japan TV. Rostropovich continues to be a source of inspiration for Nina. Now she is finishing her Artist Diploma with Naralie Clein after completeing her 2nd Master program with Professor Truls Mørk in Oslo.

At the age of 18, Nina became a student of the St. Petersburg State conservatory. During the same year she became a student of the International Academy of Music (chamber music) and was in the class of Professor Efrem Briskin (New York, Manhattan School) and Yakov Gilman(Munich).

While studying in Russia, Nina won several solo competitions. In 2005, Nina won third prize in the Shostakovich Cello Competition. The following year, she won second prize in the “Window to Europe” and second prize in the Maria Udina Chamber Music Competition. Also, in 2006, she won an audition for the Symphony orchestra of the Mariinsky theatre. One year later, Nina won a job in the Santiago Municipal Opera Theater in Chile. Nina combined her work and studies with several solo and chamber music concerts in Russia, Italy, Germany, Chile.

At the age of 23, Nina commenced her post-graduate studies in the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, and she also started to work in the St. Petersburg State Music College named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov.
In 2010, Nina moved to Oslo to study with Professor Truls Mørk at the Norwegian Academy of Music. That same year, she was awarded an internship in the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. Since moving to Norway, Nina has been featured prominently in a number of international competitions. In 2010, she won fourth prize in the National Cello Music Competition in St. Petersburg. In January 2011, she won first prize in Norges Musikkhøgskoles Chamber Music Competition (Oslo), and in August of that year, she participated in the Oslo Chamber Music Festival. In January 2012, she was again awarded first prize in the NMH Chamber Music Competition.

From 2012 Nina became a member of “Duo Impetus” with which she plays several chamber music concerts at different venues in Norway, Russia, Sweden, Great Britain and Lithuania.