Second Violin Emily Nenniger

Supported by the Mr Jamie & Kyle Anderson Weir Chair

When did you join the RSNO?
September 2020

Where are you from?
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Where did you study?
San Francisco Conservatory of Music. That’s where I completed a Bachelors in Violin Performance as well as a Masters in Chamber Music Performance.

What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
I really appreciate having colleagues from all walks of life with so many different outside interests and talents, but there’s also a real sense of community within the RSNO and I think for me thats a crucial element to making good music.

What is your favourite RSNO story?
Mmm…. I haven’t been here long so I don’t have an answer to that one yet, but I look forward to making some!

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing with the Orchestra?
Being from Canada I spent alot of my childhood in the Rocky Mountains so I still jump at the chance to get outside whenever I can. Hill walking, surfing, camping, paddle boarding, any thing done in the great outdoors really!

Do you have any hidden talents?
Mmm… I used to be a competitive snowboarder?

If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
Mozart maybe…. I’m sure he knew how to throw a good party and I rarely manage to get through a work of Mozart without breaking out in a smile at his cheekiness. There’s a joy in his music that is utterly contagious.

You’re stranded on a desert island. You’re allowed three albums and one book. What would they be, and why?
The first album is easy, Daniel Barenboim playing Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words. Then probably the Brahms symphonies by Berlin Phil with Karajan conducting. And last but not least some Shania Twain. I’m a bit of a country girl at heart!

For a book I would probably take David Attenborough’s autobiography “Life on Air” because if I was stuck on a desert island I’d still like to dream about all the amazing places out there.