German born violinist Nadja Zwiener studied in Berlin and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she specialised in historical performance practice of music from the 17th to the 19th century.
She was a founding member of the Kuss Quartett, played in the opera orchestra in Munich for two years and worked closely with a number of composers on performing their newly written pieces before discovering what she enjoyed most: playing on gut strings. This interest soon led to performing in orchestras such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and English Baroque Soloists.
In 2007 Nadja was appointed leader of The English Concert and has frequently been invited to appear as concertmaster for William Christie and Emanuelle Haïm. She has worked with Simon Rattle, Trevor Pinnock and Christian Curnyn and regularly appears as a guest leader of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.
Nadja is also active as a concerto soloist and directs programmes from the violin. She particularly enjoys working with singers and creating interesting chamber music programmes that might go as far as combining Early Music with improvised, electronic or even contemporary music.
In 2016, Nadja took over as a concertmaster of the Gaechinger Cantorey in Stuttgart, for which she oversaw the transformation into a new period instrument orchestra.
As a Thuringian living in Leipzig, she feels particularly close to the music of Bach whose works also play an important role in her teaching the baroque violin and viola at the Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt" in Weimar.