Azerbaijani-born Nazrin Rashidova made her solo début at the age of three in Baku

She was awarded a gold medal by the Cairo Opera House for an exceptional violin recital three years later. Establishing FeMusa in 2008, Britain’s first female chamber orchestra in 60 years, is merely the latest in a series of achievements.

She was accepted to the Royal Academy of Music at the age of fifteen, where she had the privilege to play on a rare collection of violins by Antonio Stradivari. She studied with Professors Erich Gruenberg, Felix Andrievsky and Lydia Mordkovitch.

A prizewinner in several international competitions, she has appeared on international TV and radio, played for royalty and other dignitaries, and also performed in the United States, Japan, Europe and the Middle East.

Rashidova’s two recordings for Naxos—Godowsky’s music for violin and piano (8.573058) —and Moszkowski’s violin and piano works (8.573410), were acclaimed by The Strad and Gramophone magazines. Her fourth album, Carnival was released in 2016 on First Hand Records. Comprising popular classical works newly arranged for the violin and guitar, it was acclaimed by The Strad, Fanfare and Classical Guitar magazines.

Nazrin is pursuing a PhD at the Royal Academy of Music, where her research explores Emile Sauret and his 24 Études Caprices which she is recording for Naxos. The first volume of these was released in June 2017 and featured on BBC Radio 3.

She plays on a violin after G. B. Guadagnini Milan 1753, ‘Nazrin’, by David Rattray.