ConcertmasterIsabelle T. Davis Endowed Chair
Uzbek-American violinist Adelya Nartadjieva is quickly gaining attention as “…Outstanding enough to grace the stages of the world’s great orchestras.” (The Straits Times) Recent appearances include chamber music performances at Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center and ElbPhilharmonie.
Adelya is the winner of several international competitions in Greece, Singapore, United States, Russia and Uzbekistan. Her recent awards include first prize at the Woolsey concerto competition at Yale, Gershwin International Competition, an education grant from the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation and the Broadus Erle prize from the Yale School of Music. Her tone was praised by the Straits Time as “exhibiting a full and gorgeous tone, [Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto’s] numerous technical hurdles were overcome with an ease and aplomb that came as naturally as breathing.”
A native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Adelya Nartadjieva started playing the violin at the age of six. She performed her first solo concert with the Chamber Orchestra of Uzbekistan, just nine months after she started playing. She went on to graduate from the Yale School of Music with a Master’s Degree, where she studied with Prof. Hyo Kang, Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Glenn Dicterow and Lisa Kim and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore with Prof. Qian Zhou. Upon graduation, Adelya was awarded a First-Class Honors Degree and a Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal as the best graduate throughout the course of study.
Since her first performance, Adelya has performed extensively throughout Asia, Europe, Russia and across the United States. Adelya has worked both publicly and privately with many internationally acclaimed artists and distinguished teachers such as Vadim Repin, Renaud Capucon, Gilbert Kalish, David Takeno, Ani and Ida Kavafian and Shmuel Ashkenasi.
From 2016-2018 Adelya was a member of Ensemble Connect (formerly known as Ensemble ACJW), a highly selective two-year fellowship program under the joint auspices of Carnegie Hall, The Weill Institute and The Juilliard School. With Ensemble Connect, she performed regularly at Carnegie Hall, often in collaboration with renowned conductors and guest artists. Highlights include collaborations with Sir Simon Rattle at Zankel Hall and Andy Akiho at Pocantico Center. In addition to performing, Adelya is also committed to arts advocacy and education. She served as a teaching artist for Carnegie Hall at New York City schools through her extensive educational outreach working with Ensemble Connect.
With a fellow colleague from Ensemble Connect, Adelya co-founded Chime for Children, an organization that aims to bring joy and inspiration through interactive performances to children with limited exposure and access to music.
Adelya’s passion for chamber music has led to festival appearances with Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, Bravo! Vail, Olympic Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, Scrag Mountain, Four Seasons, Summer University in Lausanne and Moscow Meets Friends. Performance highlights include collaborations with Gil Shaham, Wu Han, Arnaud Sussman, Timothy Eddy, Hsin-Yun Huang and the Emerson and Juilliard String Quartet members.
As a versatile musician, Adelya always explores and performs works by living composers. Recent highlights include a premier of “Stucco & Brocatelle” by Caroline Shaw and Andy Akiho’s “Cobalt Canvas.” “The tower and the Garden” – the work by Gregory Spears for a string quartet and SATB The Crossing Choir can be heard on Naxos.
Adelya tours regularly in the US with the Frisson Ensemble, where she is currently a violinist and interim Associate Director. Frisson Ensemble focuses on presenting engaging concerts for mixed instrumentation ensemble. Since 2014, she is a member of the internationally acclaimed ensemble Sejong Soloists, and a frequent guest musician with Orpheus Chamber orchestra.
Ever since four years old, Adelya was introduced to orchestral music. The love for orchestral repertoire led to frequent appearances as a leader of the orchestra. She was a concertmaster of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra under the batons of Robert Spano and Eiji Oue, the Yale Philharmonia under Peter Oundjian, and Principal second violin under Sir Simon Rattle and Valery Gergiev. Since 2016 she serves as Co-concertmaster of Symphony in C under the baton of Stilian Kirov. Most recently, she was a guest associate concertmaster for Experiential Orchestra’s recording of Dame Ethel Smyth “The Prison,” winning the Grammy Award in 2021.
In 2020, Adelya was named a core member of the Decoda ensemble, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall.
*Photo by Jiyang Chen