David Nebel, violin - 2021 RPS Emily Anderson Prize winner (c) Peter Adamik Photography

David Nebel

RPS Emily Anderson Prize for Solo Violin | £2,500

David is the winner of the 2021 RPS Emily Anderson Prize which has been supporting outstanding young violinists since 1967. This prize was established under the will of Emily Anderson, editor and translator of the letters of Mozart and Beethoven.

A comment from David:

'I am very proud and honoured that I have been awarded the RPS Emily Anderson Prize 2021. The audition took place shortly after the ease of the Covid-19 lockdown in England. It was my first public performance after the lockdown that has taken place outside my alma mater, the Royal College of Music. Like many other musicians, the lockdown also interrupted my musical engagements. It seemed that a long-lasting and painful musical silence has finally come to an end.  And even better, being a prize winner of this competition made me feel that my musical career reboots with fresh energy. I am so grateful to receive this prize. It will support me as I look to fund professional performance video recordings in order to promote my skills as an artist online to a wider audience. No doubt, this award is a memorable moment and important milestone in my musical career.'


David Nebel comes from Zurich and began to play the violin at the age of five. He is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in London with Professor Alexander Gilman. David Nebel performed as a soloist in leading concert halls, such as the Mariinksy Theatre 2 in St. Petersburg, the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, the Gasteig in Munich and many more.

Highlights of past seasons include performances with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Royal Philharmonique de Liège, Xiamen Philharmonic, Lithuanian National Philharmonic and the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra.

David released in May 2020 his debut solo CD album with Maestro Kristjan Järvi, the London Symphony Orchestra and Baltic Sea Philharmonic under the label Sony Classical. He recorded Philip Glass’s Violin Concerto No 1 as well as the violin concerto by Igor Stravinksy. His CD received great reviews by international press such as the Bayerischer Rundufunk and the Strad Magazine. The Gramophone Magazine commented: “(…) a tremendously impressive debut album, and the Stravinsky performance is among the very best” (Gramophone, 2020). David Nebel plays currently on a very fine violin made by Antonio Stradivari.

(c) Uwe Arens Photography

Watch the trailer for David's debut CD:

    To receive regular updates on David, follow his social media pages linked below: