Baroque violinist, Pauline Nobes, is recognised as one of Europe’s foremost specialists in historical performance practice. For many years she worked with ensembles such as the English Baroque Soloists, The English Concert and Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique playing in the most prestigious concert halls and festivals throughout Europe, the USA and Japan participating in over 100 CD productions. As concertmaster, she has led The Academy of Ancient Music, the Kölner Akademie, and Musica Antiqua Köln. In addition to her much-loved chamber music Pauline is a member of the Dresdner Festspielorchester, guest leader and soloist with Das Neue Orchester and is invited as a Baroque specialist to lead in opera houses such as Frankfurt and Madrid.
As artistic director, leader and soloist Pauline is a founder-member of Manchester Baroque. Her research project, Musick in Manchester, 1744/45 underpins one of Manchester Baroque's popular concert series, recreating the earliest subscription concert series in Manchester.
Pauline has a Professorship for Baroque violin at the University of Music in Würzburg, Germany in addition to her longstanding teaching appointment at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK.
Her PhD was attained in 2001. Based on substantial research and music editing it highlights the unaccompanied solo violin repertory and related string techniques before 1750, the subject of her doctoral studies, various articles, and her solo violin CD The Unaccompanied Solo Violin: Vilsmayr and Noguiera.
Unusually, Pauline started her musical life as a brass player. She was awarded her ARCM diploma in trumpet performance at the early age of 17. These beginnings are not forgotten, she has recorded the solo trumpet role in Beethoven's Leonore with Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique after successful concert tours including Salzburg’s Festspielhaus and New York’s Lincoln Centre.
She is also an enthusiastic member of Cologne Concert Brass, an English-style brass band.