Nurit Stark


The Israeli violinist and violist Nurit Stark studied at the Rubin Academy Tel Aviv with Haim Taub, at the Juilliard School New York with Robert Mann, Musikhochschule Cologne with the Alban Berg Quartet and at Universität der Künste Berlin with Ilan Gronich where she graduated from her master studies.
Nurit has made solo appearances with orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, Münchner Radio Orchestra under Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Bremen Philharmonic, Sao Paolo Symphonic Orchestra, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Mantova and the Southwest German chamber orchestra Pforzheim.
As a chamber musician she has performed in international festivals such as Lockenhaus Kammermusikfest, Schleswig Holstein Festival, Rheingau Festival, Mozart Festival Augsburg, Wien Modern, Donaueschinger Musiktage, West Cork music festival, Pacific Music Festival Saporo, Davos Festival, Tchekhov Festival Moscow, Ensemble enScène Lausanne and the Mantova festival. She has given concerts in Europe, Israel, Japan and USA in halls such as Carnegie Hall New York, Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Mozarteum Salzburg, Tonhalle Zurich.
Read More... She has been a guest concertmaster in orchestras such as Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.
Her love and dedication for contemporary music has led her to perform many world premieres and to collaborate with composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, György Kurtag, Viktor Suslin, Valentin Silvestrov,  Georg Nussbaumer, Deirdre Gribbin and Ernstalbrecht Stiebler. In 2013 Sofia Gubaidulina composed “So be it” for violin, piano, percussion and contrabass for Nurit Stark in the memory of Viktor Suslin. The work was premiered in September 2014.
For many years she has been working in close collaboration with pianist Cedric Pescia. Their Duo is supported by the Forberg-Schneider Foundation. Furthermore, she was supported by the Ernst von Siemens Foundation, the America-Israel cultural foundation, the Ilona Kornhauser foundation and the Otto and Regine Heim foundation. She is a prizewinner of the George Enescu Competition Bucharest, Chamber Music Competition “Premio Trio di Trieste”, Leopold Mozart Violin Competition Augsburg and Ibolyka Gyarfas international violin competition.
Nurit Stark has also been working in close collaboration with Soprano Caroline Melzer since 2006 performing “Kafka Fragments” by György Kurtag in concerts and travelling with it to Russia and to Poland creating the video installation “roundhouse Reverb” together with British video artist Isabel Robson. In Fall 2015 was releaesed their recording of "Kafka Fragments" for BIS Records. This recording received the German record critic's prize 4/2015.
The Duo Stark-Melzer led symposiums and workshops presenting this important work of Kurtag in WienModern festival and in the university of music and performing arts of Mannheim.
Since 2005 Nurit Stark has been taking part in avant-garde stage projects in theaters such as Schaubuehne Berlin, Volksbuehne Berlin, State theater Stuttgart, Bobigny Paris, Burgtheater Vienna, Kammerspiele Munich and Le Maillon Strasbourg, developing performances which integrate elements of music and theater.
She has recorded works by Feruccio Busoni, George Enescu, Clara & Robert Schumann for violin/viola and piano with Cedric Pescia for Claves Records and chamber works by Olivier Messiaen for Genuin Records. For BIS records she has recorded chamber works by Viktor Suslin & Sofia Gubaidulina and “Kafka Fragments” by György Kurtag with Caroline Melzer.
Her latest recording of works by Ernest Bloch for violin and piano together with Cedric Pescia was released in January 2018.
Nurit plays a Pietro Guarneri di Mantova Violin from 1710.