Mikhail Nemtsov, PGDip Cello, 2015
What were you doing before you came here, and why did you decide to apply to the RNCM?
I attended sixth form at Chethams School of Music (2005-07). Before this, I studied in St Petersburg, Special Music School Lyceum Rimsky-Korskaov (1995-2005). I decided to apply for RNCM as it has best cello faculty in the UK and is well-known in the musical world.
What were your first impressions of the RNCM?
I was very impressed by the RNCM’s facilities. A great building, welcoming reception area and a really nice refectory!
What’s a ‘typical’ day like?
I usually come into College quite early, and try to do as much practice as possible. In between practising I try to regain energy either by having a coffee in refectory with friends, having a lunch in Brodsky, or listening to music in the library. I often go to see different exciting performances in College.
What’s your favourite aspect of being a student here?
The RNCM offers great facilities, wonderful teachers and performance opportunities – I have tried to maximise the opportunities available to me. The friendly atmosphere is a special feature of RNCM – I have enough stress with everything I’m doing so I’m glad that in College I can be in a healthy positive environment where people treat each other with respect.
What are your main personal achievements since being at the RNCM?
Some competitions wins:
First Prize Winner of Pierre Fournier International Cello Award, London
First Prize in the International Swedish Duo Competition as Nemtsov Duo WFIMC, Sweden
First Prize as Nemtsov Duo, Salieri – Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition, Italy
First Prize Bromsgrove International Competition, England
First Prize in Martin Trust Chamber Music Award, London
Second Prize in Rostropovich Memorial VTB prize for young cellists, London
Second Prize and several special prizes in Haverhill International Soloist Competition, England
Third Prize in Pinerolo International Chamber Music Contest as Nemtsov Duo WFIMC, Italy
Gold Medal Winner at the Royal Northern College of Music
Silver Medal of Worshipful Company of Musicians, London
String section winner in Tunbridge Wells International Competition
Muriel Taylor Scholarship, London
Twice recipient of Ghilhermina Suggia Gift for Young Cellists, London
Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship, London
Hattori Music Foundation Senior Awards, London
Tunnel Trust Award as Nemtsov Duo, Scotland – Maurice Ravel Prix of the Ravel Academy Music Festival
Recitals and concerts:
Full Evening Recital in Wigmore Hall, London
Two live broadcasts-interviews BBC 3 “In Tune”, London
Concert tour in Italy and Scotland of Nemtsov Duo
Recital of Nemtsov Duo in Royal Festival Hall and, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre London
Appeared as a soloist with London Philharmonia Symphony Orchetra, European Union Chamber orchestra and Liverpool Mozart Orchesra.
Performed in Chichester Festival, England
Recital of Nemtsov Duo in Oxford May Music series
Recital in The Warehouse, London
Recital in Bridgewater Hall of Nemtsov Duo, Manchester
Evening recitals in Wigmore Hall with the Razumovsky Ensemble and Ida Haendel and Nash Ensemble
A joint concert with Alina Ibragimova for Prince Michael of Kent in Kensington Palace, London
What do you plan to do after your studies here?
I’ve been accepted onto the RNCM International Artist Diploma next academic year. I’m doing some teaching in Birmingham Conservatoire and have been invited to teach in Altensteig International Summer Music Academy, Germany in 2013. I’ve also been invited to go on tour to Argentina with London Festival Orchestra as soloist and leader of the cello section this June. Also that June I’m playing various chamber music in Chester Festival in collaboration with the artists from Manchester Camerata.
In my future plans are recitals with my sister, Elena, as the Nemtsov Duo in Italy, Germany, Sweden, Scotland and England.
After I finish my studies I want to do a lot of solo, chamber music and orchestral playing. I really enjoy teaching and I am glad that I’m getting some teaching opportunities as well as performance opportunities.
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