Renowned violinist Professor Jennifer Nuttall-Wolf dies aged 81

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A VERY accomplished violinist from Bolton who started playing the instrument at the age of seven and has gone to perform across Europe has passed away.

Professor Jennifer Nuttall-Wolf died at the Royal Bolton Hospital at the age of 81 on May 23.

She made her first concert appearance at Whitworth Hall, Manchester in 1956, performing Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto with Sir John Barbirolli at the age of 16.

The great conductor would have predicted a wonderful future for the young violinist.

Jennifer learned to play the violin with Martin Milner, future conductor of the Hallé Orchestra, at his home in Tonge Moor when she was seven years old. She went on to win an open scholarship to the Royal Manchester College of Music at the age of 14.

Her family said, “She told friends,” I started playing when I was seven because I guess I was jealous of my older brother who played the violin. My music had to rival my keen interest in horses and show jumping. But my class at Danesbury Road with Martin Milner, head of the Hall, settled it. They were a wonderful family. Martin was very inspiring and Mrs. Milner gave me tea before each lesson ”.

The daughter of Chorley New Road then performed in Scandinavia, Switzerland and Germany with symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras and on Swedish radio.

After a solo performance of Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E for Violin and Orchestra in 1956, a reviewer reported: concerto and, best of all, it displayed a beautiful sound, consistent throughout the full extent of the slow movement.

In 1959, as a “Soloist Diploma with Distinction” of the Royal Manchester College of Music, she joined Swedish radio in Stockholm, performing and teaching in the 18th century castle which became the Edsberg Institute of Music.

In Sweden, she married her former tutor Endre Wolf, the world-renowned Hungarian violinist, whose appointment to the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in 1936 would likely have saved him from the German death camps.

Between 1979 and 1983 she was a professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and from 1984 she taught at the State College of Music at Lund University.

In 1989 she returned from Sweden to Lancashire to be hosted at the Bolton Festival as “Bolton’s Daughter” for a solo performance at the Bolton Library Theater.

Jennifer and Endre performed together frequently in later professional careers, often in concerts of works by Bach, Bartók, Sibelius and many others.

She returned to her hometown of Bolton shortly after the death of her husband Endre in 2011.


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