The Harrison-Frank Family Foundation

Nadia Vasileva

Nadia was born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. She was accepted to study at Chetham’s School of Music aged ten, before completing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal College of Music, studying under Prof. Radu Blidar.

As a soloist, Nadia has performed in recitals across the UK. She was competition winner and soloist for Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante at Chetham’s and has participated in masterclasses with violinists including Alf Richard Kraggerud, Pavel Fischer and Thomas Zehetmair.

Nadia has held the position of concertmaster with the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra and the Valdres Sommersynfonie in Norway. As an orchestral player, she has performed in an extensive number of venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall and the Cheltenham Festival. In 2018, Nadia obtained a place in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, led by Marin Alsop.

Whilst studying at the Royal College of Music, Nadia had the privilege of performing at renowned venues, including recording at Abbey Road Studios and performing at Buckingham Palace alongside conductor John Wilson and violinist Maxim Vengerov. Her freelance pursuits also led to chamber performances at Kensington Palace and the House of Lords.

Nadia has now established herself as a freelance player and frequently plays with function groups in the North West. She is currently participating in the Hallé String Leadership Scheme and awaiting a trial audition with the orchestra.

Nadia plays on an Italian violin by Francesco Maurizi (1860, Appignano), generously loaned to her by the Harrison-Frank Family Foundation.