Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, an internationally-acclaimed soloist and chamber musician best known for her exhilarating performances and passionate interpretations, joined the New Century Chamber Orchestra in January 2008 as Music Director. Nadja's first three seasons were hailed as a tremendous success by audiences and critics alike - "a marriage that works," in her words, and renewing enthusiasm for "one of the most burnished and exciting ensembles in the Bay Area," according to Rich Scheinin of the San Jose Mercury News.
A powerful and innovative presence on the recording scene, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg continues to enrich the collection of her record label, NSS Music, which she started in 2005. The label's roster of artists includes Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, horn player John Cerminaro, pianist/composer Clarice Assad, conductor Marin Alsop, the American String Quartet, the Colorado Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, and New Century Chamber Orchestra. Together, the first CD with New Century, features Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. The second CD, a live recording featuring Strauss's Metamorphosen, Barber's Adagio for Strings and Mahler's Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, has been praised as "brilliant" (Oregon Music News), and allmusic.com advised, "For those who like orchestral music for strings that takes nothing less than revelation as its goal, this is a must-have."
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg's professional career began in 1981 when she won the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. In 1983 she was recognized with an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 1999, she was honored with the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize. Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg was born in Rome and emigrated to the United States at the age of eight to study at The Curtis Institute of Music. She later studied with Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School. For more information on Nadja, please visit http://www.nadjasalernosonnenberg.com and http://www.nssmusic.com.
For over 25 years pianist Anne-Marie McDermott has played concertos, recitals and chamber music throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She has performed with leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Hong Kong Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. She has recorded the complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas, Bach English Suites and Partitas (Gramophone Magazine's Editor's Choice), and most recently, Gershwin's complete works for piano and orchestra with the Dallas Symphony and Justin Brown. A testimony to her stature and curatorial imagination, she was made Artistic Director of the Vail Music Festival, the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival, and The Avila Chamber Music Celebration in Curacao. Most recently, she was appointed Curator for Chamber Music at the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego.
Anne-Marie McDermott was named an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 1995. She continues a long standing collaboration with the highly acclaimed violinist, Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg and is a member of the renowned piano quartet, Opus One, and the McDermott Trio. A winner of the Young Concert Artists auditions and an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ms. McDermott studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Dalmo Carra, Constance Keene and John Browning.