Nanni - profile

Nanni Malm

2nd violin


What’s the best thing about playing with the MCO?

The musicians of the MCO come from all over the world and the orchestra itself does not have a real hometown, but the MCO has a musical home, defined by the pursuit of the highest musical quality and a living passion for music that everybody shares the moment we start to play. That’s the point when it becomes a musical home.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?

Coming home from an artistically fulfilling tour and having to deal with the banalities of everyday life – like peeling a potato. That is difficult.

What is the best thing about being a musician?

How many people do you know that have jobs they don't care for? How many people do you see every day, who come out of work with a sad face? Come backstage after a MCO concert only once, look into our faces and you will see how privileged and blessed we are, to be able to live our passion.

What would you do if you weren't a musician?

I would be flying something.

What makes a “perfect” concert?

Imagine you are in an airplane. Everything is prepared, the plane is in perfect condition, there is enough fuel, the checklist has been done, the destination is clear, the weather is fine, we got our slot, we are rolling down the runway, we are putting full thrust - and then we take off. Can you feel it? That´s what it´s like. That´s what makes it perfect.


Nanni Malm was born in Salzburg. She studied with Keiko Wataya in Utrecht and with Helmut Zehetmair at the University Mozarteum Salzburg, where she graduated with distinction.

Very early on, she discovered her passion for chamber orchestras and chamber music. As a chamber musician, Nanni Malm was co-founder of the Logos Trio Salzburg, the Trio Schallmoos Salzburg and was a member of the Salzburger Mozart Quartett with whom she recorded highly acclaimed CDs featuring soloists like Sergio Azzolini, Michael Kofler and Irena Grafenauer.

She has had an ongoing love affair with the MCO since her first concert in Ferrara with Claudio Abbado in 2000 and made it official in 2017 when she became a member.

Nanni Malm was leader of the second violins with the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Musica Saeculorum and many times with the Camerata Salzburg, of which she has been a full member since October 2000.

The violinists and musicians who strongest influenced her musical vision were Sandor Vegh and Leonidas Kavakos.