Dr Pauline Nobes, Artistic Director
Baroque violinist, Pauline Nobes, is recognised as one of Europe’s foremost specialists in historical performance practice. For many years she worked with ensembles such as The English Baroque Soloists, The English Concert and Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique playing in the most prestigious concert halls and festivals throughout Europe, the USA and Japan, participating in over 100 CD productions. As concertmaster, she has led; The Academy of Ancient Music, the Kölner Akademie and Musica Antiqua Köln. In addition to her much loved chamber music Pauline currently leads Das Neue Orchester and is a member of the Dresdner Festpielorchester.
Pauline is Professor for Baroque violin at the Musikhochschule in Würzburg (Germany), has a longstanding teaching appointment at The Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, Great Britain) and has been recently awarded the position of Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University (South Africa.)
In 2001 Pauline Nobes attained her Ph.D in music. Substantial research and music editing highlight the unaccompanied solo violin repertory and related string techniques before 1750, the subject of her doctoral studies, various articles and her solo violin CD The Unaccompanied Solo Violin: Vilsmayr and Noguiera.
Unusually, Pauline started her musical life as a brass player. She was awarded her ARCM diploma in trumpet performance at the early age of 17. These beginnings are not forgotten: she has recorded the solo trumpet role in Beethoven's Leonore with Sir John Eliot Gardiner‘s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantiqueafter succesful concert tours including Salzburg’s Festspielhaus and New York’s Lincoln Centre.