Ahead of Mikhail Nemtstov’s concert and album launch on the 9th September, we learn a little more about him here:
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Honest Russian musician
Who do you usually perform with?
My sister pianist Elena Nemtsova
What has been a performance highlight in your career so far?
Evening recital in Wigmore Hall
What is coming up in the diary that you are most looking forward to?
Our new CD launch
Do you have a favourite performer? What type of concerts/gigs do you regularly attend?
Daniil Shafran, Russian cellist. I usually attend classical music concerts.
How did you find out about CMF and why did you decide to apply?
I was nominated through the RNCM to apply for CMF. It seemed like an exciting opportunity and it certainly turned out this way!
The concert on the 9th is also the launch of your new album, 60 Degrees North, where did the concept come from and how did you select the repertoire?
The concept of 60 Degrees North for our new album came from a discussion we had with Ian Ritchie, who was my CMF mentor. He used to have a music festival with the similar name where the music from this geographical altitude was featured. We really liked the idea which Ian kindly let us use and choosing of repertoire happened naturally as we included the pieced we really like and enjoy playing. We thought that it would be cool to include Elena’s piece too and I am very glad it worked very well.
What has CMF done for you since being a CMF artist?
CMF has been really supportive and provided us with some excellent opportunities and in particular making it possible to record our new CD. We are very grateful to CMF for the great support.
What are your hopes for the future?
We are hoping to have more regular performances, have a manager who would help us to find more opportunities to play and get around more.
Finally, your 3 desert island discs?
Lully opera “Bourgeois gentilhomme”, Menuhin – Bach violin solo partitas and sonatas, Tchaikovsky 4,5,6 symphonies
Come and see Mikhail perform at St Lawrence Jewry on the 9th September. You can buy tickets here.