Biography

A former member of the St. Louis, Toronto and Boston Symphony Orchestras and founding concertmaster of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, violinist Nancy DiNovo enjoys a multi-faceted career. Her solo playing has been described as “stunning – a superlative mix of virtuosity and earthy vigour” (Victoria Times Colonist), and “simply astonishing…her sheer joy of reveling in the music left me dazzled.” (Brott Festival, June, 2015)

In a career spanning decades, Nancy has performed in the world’s major concert halls on three continents, with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis, Karel Ancerl, James Levine, Sir Neville Marriner, and Christopher Hogwood. She has also performed on tour in Japan and China with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under the baton of both Sergio Commissiona and Bramwell Tovey. A keen chamber musician since her teens, she has toured with the Octagon Ensemble and Camerata and was founder and Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Sundays at Seven recital series for eight seasons.

Her many concerto credits include the Banff and Victoria premières of the Kurt Weill Violin Concerto, as well as premières of a number of Canadian works written especially for her, including the Barnes Violin Concerto with Sir Neville Marriner conducting, Walter Buczynski’s Sonata (1975) for CBC Arts National, and Frykberg’s “Astonishing Sense….” (1998) for solo

Nancy has appeared as guest concertmaster with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Kitchener-Waterloo, Edmonton and Victoria Symphonies, CBC Radio Orchestra, “Music of the Night” cross-Canada tour, and Pacific Opera Victoria where she has led operas in styles ranging from period instrument Handel to Berg’s “Wozzeck”. As a Baroque violinist, she is a popular leader with a number of BC’s finest choral conductors.

In demand as a pedagogue, Nancy has taught at Tanglewood, the Marrowstone Festival, Western Washington University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Victoria. She currently teaches for Capilano University and mentors for the National Academy Orchestra . Her many recording credits include work for CBC Radio, Earsay Records, the Elektra Women’s Choir, Disney Films, the 2010 Winter Olympics, and Victoria Baroque Players.