NOVA Guitar Duo Nelly von Alven Luiz Mantovani

NOVA Guitar Duo

The NOVA Guitar Duo stands out for their unique instrumentation, which combines the regular guitar with the eight-string “Brahms” guitar. This combination substantially increases the ensemble’s available range and expressive power, enabling them to explore uncommon repertoire through expert arrangements of music originally written for other instruments and ensembles as well as new music commissions. The German-Brazilian duo was formed in 2016, when both its members were studying at the Royal College of Music in London. The freshness of their programmes quickly led to appearances in some of the finest UK venues and festivals, including the London Guitar Festival in Kings Place, Wigmore Hall, Buxton Festival, St John’s Smith Square and Royal Albert Hall. Highlights of past seasons include the UK premiere of French composer Germaine Tailleferre’s Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra at RCM’s Britten Theatre in 2017, as well as a New York debut in the following year at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, sponsored by the Pro Musicis Foundation. Their debut album, Sortilegios (2019, Stradivarius), with music from Spain and Brazil, was chosen as one of the “Top 10 Classical Guitar Albums of 2019” by Classical Guitar Magazine. Their second album, Journey, was released in 2022 and features their own arrangements of music by Bartok and Janacek, as well as an original piece written for them by Israeli composer Lior Navok.