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Nicola Grunberg

Nicola Grunberg became the accompanist of Brighton Orpheus Choir in 2016.

Nicola started piano lessons at the age of five. She spent some years as Fanny Waterman’s pupil before going to the Royal College of Music where her teachers were Lamar Crowson and Kendal Taylor. After graduating from College she continued her studies with Professor Enrique Barenboim in Israel.

She has performed extensively as soloist, chamber musician and accompanist, appearing in all major venues in London and throughout the UK. She was married to the distinguished violist Cecil Aronowitz, and in 1976 they gave the first British performance of Shostakovich’s last work, the Sonata for Viola and Piano, at the Aldeburgh Festival in the presence of the composer’s widow.

She has worked as official accompanist at the Britten-Pears School, the Mayer-Lismann Opera Centre in London, Stowe Opera, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as well as for competitions, auditions, exams and diplomas. For many years she taught at the Purcell School of Music in London, and privately has taught at all levels from beginners to diploma standard.

In October 2014 Nicola was a member of the jury at the first Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition which was held at the Birmingham Conservatoire.