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London Philharmonic Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor

Britten – Violin Concerto

…..Hers (Lamsma’s) was playing of total conviction….
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David Truslove – Bachtrack

 

….Britten’s Violin Concerto received a truly stunning performance from Simone Lamsma,
who has absorbed the many felicities in this work…..
…..fierce, fearless and flexible…..
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Edward Clark – Classical Source


Review The Times
★★★★★
Geoff Brown – The Times

 

Review Evening Standard
Barry Millington – Evening Standard

October 2016

Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Christian Kluxen, conductor

Nielsen – Violin Concerto

…..Hennes ton är som tunna strålar som skär sig genom musiken med vass egg. Här finns precision och intelligens i utförandet…..De halsbrytande kadenserna löper fritt men med bottnande tyngd. Lamsma spelar inte för att briljera utan för att berätta!…..
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Folkbladet.se – Anna Sköldh


…..Kvällens höjdpunkt är utan tvivel solisten Simone Lamsma. I Carl Nielsens Violinkonsertfår hon visa upp hela sin begåvning med både teknisk briljans och känslomässigt framförande…..
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Felicia Eriksson – Kultursidan.nu


…..Lamsma lösgjorde en explosiv energi redan från första takten, alltsammans i en mycket kraftfull tolkning. Dubbelgreppen var oklanderligt rena och i de hisnande löpningarna avvek hon aldrig från det dramatiska uttrycket.
Solisten kunde även i säker gestaltning alstra både värme och ljuva stämningsbilder i de mer stillsamma avsnitten och slanka av höjdtonerna på det mest underbara vis. Hennes framförande blev till en mycket positiv glädjechock…..

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Michael Bruze – nt.se

September 2015

Cleveland Orchestra
James Feddeck, conductor

Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto

…..Lamsma’s approach was delightful in every respect…..

…..The first movement inspired a hearty outburst of applause from the large audience — not the smattering that can seem like a transgression of concert etiquette, but a heartfelt acknowledgement that something special had just happened. Lamsma and Feddeck responded graciously. That feeling of ‘something special’ extended to the “Canzonetta…..

….Lamsma, Feddeck, and the Orchestra ended the piece with the same sense of direction, purpose, and easy virtuosity that characterized their interpretation all along the way…..
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Daniel Hathaway - ClevelandClassical
18 August 2015

Cleveland Orchestra
James Feddeck, conductor

Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto

…..Out of the first movement, for instance, Lamsma – first heard here last year – crafted a pulse-raising miniature opera of which any diva would have been proud, complete with swooning arias and dazzling technical displays. Similarly, her finale was as feisty and earnest as anyone could ask for, and yet not at all short on lyricism…..

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Zachary Lewis - The Plain Dealer
17 August 2015

Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Michael Francis, conductor

Beethoven – Violin Concerto

…..Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma played her part almost as if she were outside herself. She appeared to be engaged with Beethoven on a level we seldom encounter.

 

Musicians often speak of letting the music come through them, but in this case it was apparent that Beethoven’s music was coming through her in a pure state. This experience was unsullied by ego or an effort to impress. It was Beethoven via Lamsma as opposed to Beethoven a la Lamsma…..
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Garrett Harris - San Diego Reader
22 June 2015

Hallé Orchestra
Markus Stenz, conductor

F.Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor op.64

…..Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma joined the orchestra for a mature reading of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, conceived with great musicality and an unfailingly silky tone…..


…..Lamsma’s superbly executed delicate touch gave light to all the intricacies of her part while maintaining a strong sense of forward momentum…..
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Rohan Shotton - Bachtrack
23 april 2015

Recital with pianist Rohan De Silva

Works by Dvořák, Mendelssohn, Pärt and Schumann

Loving surface as well as depth

…..In Wallace Stevens’ late poem “Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour,” the first stanza runs: “Light the first light of evening, as in a room / In which we rest, and for small reason, think / The world imagined is the ultimate good.” As Lamsma’s playing attained special brilliance through the crucible of “Fratres,” in the Schumann the radiance was vividly shared in what, again borrowing from Stevens, felt like “the intensest rendezvous.…

 

…..What a spellbinding experience — worth leaving aside any further words from me and turning to the conclusion of Stevens’ poem:

Out of this same light, out of the central mind,
We make a dwelling in the evening air,
In which being there together is enough.
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Jay Harvey - Jay Harvey Upstage
11 February 2015

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Han-Na Chang, conductor

E.W.Korngold – Violin Concerto in D major op.35

…..Lamsma, too, fully met expectations, with a splendid performance of the Violin Concerto by Eric Wolfgang Korngold…..

 

…..Lamsma displayed a pure, sweet tone in the first movement, a highly romantic one with a brief cadenza full of double-stops and lots of playing in the instrument’s highest register. (She continued her superb negotiation of the violin’s stratosphere throughout the Concerto.) The second movement, Romance: Andante, contained a brief muted section that was caressing in its beauty. The Allegro Finale, a wonderful, spirited rondo, combined a rustic principal theme with lots of fireworks, all of which Lamsma filled with bounce and fervor….
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Mary Ellyn Hutton - MusicinCincinnati
7 February 2015

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Han-Na Chang, conductor

E.W.Korngold – Violin Concerto in D major op.35

…..The first half was just as riveting. Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D Major…..

 

…..Violinist Lamsma, 28, delivered an inspired performance of this concerto. Her style seemed ideal for this piece. She played its long, romantic themes with an easy virtuosity and a sweet tone, even when called upon to play in the highest stratosphere. Best of all, she seemed to be having fun, and smiled as she played along with the orchestra. She easily tossed off the fireworks in the finale, a jaunty movie tune, and brought it to an electrifying finish…..
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Janelle Gelfand - Cincinnati Enquirer
6 February 2015

Chicago Winter Chamber Music Festival

With Stephanie Jeong (violin), Yukiko Ogura (viola), Lawrence Neuman (viola),
Brant Taylor (cello), Kenneth Olsen (cello) and Alessio Bax (piano).

F.Mendelssohn – Violin Sonata in F major
J.Brahms – String Sextet no.2 in G major

Lamsma, CSO members make fine team at Winter Chamber Music Festival

 

…..Lamsma was heard in Mendelssohn’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major, joined by Italian-born pianist Alessio Bax. The opening dotted-rhythm theme sprung buoyantly from Bax’s hands, passed seamlessly to Lamsma, and throughout the movement the duo created moods alternately noble and anxious. Here was a classic example of Mendelssohn creating a sonic universe from seemingly simple material, and the performance benefited from Lamsma’s intelligent highlighting of important harmonic junctures. The sonata’s second movement is an intimate song without words, which Lamsma presented with architectural phrasing, creating lines flowing and delicate. The pair combined in the last movement to create a playful atmosphere evocative of the finale of the composer’s Violin Concerto. Throughout Bax was a sensitive accompanist, though impressively bravura when called to be, and Lamsma’s facile technique and welcoming stage presence imbued the music with elegant flair.

 

The evening’s main fare was the String Sextet No. 2 of Johannes Brahms, for which Lamsma was joined by the three performers from the Beethoven, along with CSO members Lawrence Neuman (viola) and Kenneth Olsen (cello). Throughout the complex first movement the ensemble’s sound was lush, expansive, and never forced (as it can be in works with such temptingly juicy melodic material), and the group maintained exemplary balance throughout. The somewhat exotic second movement with ubiquitous hemiolas sounded appropriately off-kilter, and its closing presto was startlingly thrilling. Each of the episodic variations of the Adagio was presented in a well thought-out character—creeping, suspended octave lines between Lamsma and Ogura sounded chilling, a fast contrapuntal variation bubbled with nervous effervescence, and the movement’s pastoral close was dignified and gracious. The finale was executed with warmth, magnanimity, and virtuosic aplomb from all involved.
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Tim Sawyier - Chicago Classical Review
19 January 2015

Bournemouth Symphony
Rory MacDonald, conductor

A.Dvořák – Violin Concerto in A minor op.53

Divine Dvořák and Sibelius from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

 

…..Lamsma’s entry was both crisp and lyrical with a dramatic flourish at the end of her phrases in the upper registers. These playing qualities very much set the scene for what was to be a lively, impassioned and virtuosic performance…..
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Phil Smith - Bachtrack
22 November 2014

St Paul Chamber Orchestra
Hans Graf, conductor

S.Prokofiev – Violin Concerto no.2 in G minor op.63

SPCO and violinist Lamsma produce passionate Prokofiev

 

…..Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma delivered an involving interpretation of Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto with the SPCO, lending it haunting lyricism and folksy fury, but also finding an oasis of calm at its center…..
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Rob Hubbard - Pioneer Press
14 November 2014

Oregon Symphony
Michael Francis, conductor

E.W.Korngold – Violin Concerto in D major op.35

Lamsma stunning in Korngold’s Violin Concerto with the Oregon Symphony and guest conductor Francis

 

…..The highlight of the evening, however, belonged to Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma, who gave a breathtakingly beautiful performance of Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto….. Lamsma opened the piece with a warm and inviting tone that swept up the audience into a lush, uplifting terrain. She was equally adept at creating a sweet sound in the slower second movement and brought out the emotional content of the subdued passages. For the third movement, her playing was carefree yet totally spot on as she whipped through the wickedly difficult prestissimo sections, including some deft transitions that featured whispery high phrases…..
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James Bash - Northwest Reverb
14 October 2014

Oregon Symphony
Michael Francis, conductor

E.W.Korngold – Violin Concerto in D major op.35

…..she captured the music’s intense lyricism and met its considerable technical demands with the kind of energy that kept you on the edge of your seat…..
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James McQuillen - The Oregonian
12 October 2014

Noord Nederlands Orkest
Stefan Asbury, conductor

Beethoven – Violin Concerto in D major op.61

Lamsma overtuigt en overrompelt

 

…..En toen kwam na de pauze violiste Simone Lamsma met het vioolconcert van Beethoven. Volledig overrompelend was deze uitvoering. Zelf heb ik vaak bij soloconcerten nog een stiekeme voorkeur voor het orkest ten opzichte van het solo-instrument, maar hier werd in een zorgvuldige balans met het orkest een vioolpartij gespeeld op een manier die je als luisteraar aan je stoel kluisterde. Het orkest kreeg genoeg ruimte, er ware fraaie solomomenten, zoals enkele heel mooie van de fagot, maar het was toch Lamsma die met een virtuositeit die rotsvast gebaseerd was op muzikaliteit, de prachtige muziek van Beethoven tot leven wekte: loepzuiver, met een glasheldere structuur en fraai volgehouden muzikale lijnen. Honderd procent overtuigend en, ik zei het al, overrompelend. Een toegift voor het enthousiaste publiek kon in haar geboorteplaats niet uitblijven: Lamsma speelt Ysaÿe….

Dingeman van Wijnen - Friesch Dagblad
27 September 2014

Noord Nederlands Orkest
Stefan Asbury, conductor

Beethoven – Violin Concerto in D major op.61

Geen effectbejag maar intense beleving

 

…..Noot voor noot was het te volgen. Geen passage was troebel…..

 

…..De violiste uit Burgum, die zich bij dit orkest al eerder bewees, weet waar het om draait bij klankvorming. Lamsma is top, houdt zich verre van effectbejag en goedkoop scoren en kiest voor een intense beleving die zowel zij als het publiek ondergaat. Muisstil was de zaal, benieuwd hoe sommige passages uit dit overbekende concert onder haar strijkstok vandaan zouden komen…..

Rudolf Nammensma - Dagblad van het Noorden
27 September 2014

HET Symfonieorkest
Jan Willem de Vriend, conductor

M.Bruch – Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor op.26

Geen effectbejag maar intense beleving

 

…..het Vioolconcert van Bruch, waarin Simone Lamsma met haar platinablonde lange haren alweer zo’n noordelijk plaatje maakt. En daar blijft natuurlijk het niet bij, want ook Simone’s toon klinkt als buigzaam platina, ononderbroken glanzend tot in het fragielste legato. Ze combineert haar onberispelijke techniek met beheerste emotie. Intussen blijven zij en het orkest elkaar alert aanvullen, in een soepel en evenwichtig samenspel. Een toegift van La Lamsma is dan ook onontkoombaar…..
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Margaretha Coornstra - De Stentor
19 September 2014

Oklahoma City Philharmonic
Joel Levine, conductor

E.Lalo – Symphonie Espagnole

…..This was a performance that was assertive without ever sounding aggressive. In the central intermezzo, a movement that was also nicely rhythmic, she summoned an earthy sound. That musical persuasiveness continued into the lovely andante and then into the finale, with a jaunty approach from the soloist matched by terrific support from the orchestra. Lamsma’s combination of insouciance and urgency was especially appealing, and the audience responded with a lengthy ovation at the conclusion…..

Rick Rogers - The Oklahoman
19 September 2014

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Edo de Waart, conductor

Mozart – Violin Concerto no.4

…..Lamsma captured the youthfulness of Mozart’s music with an intensity and sharpness which showed her as a fine soloist…..
…..Watching Lamsma I didn’t feel I was watching a musician needing to prove their Mozartian virtuosic credentials. Instead, I found a relaxed performer whose natural and perceptive approach captured the lyricism of the upper-stringed sections and brought depth and warmth to the slower movements. What I enjoyed most about this performance, aside from the welcome distraction of Lamsma’s red dress, was the relationship between soloist and orchestra. It was a delight to listen to the delicate interplay between the two, and the orchestra proved worthy support for the violinist as she decorated the main themes of the concerto…..
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Amber Kelly - libel.co.nz
11 August 2014

Orchestre National de Belgique
Andrey Boreyko, conductor

Beethoven – Violin Concerto in D major op.61

…..Keer op keer zijn haar (Simone Lamsma’s) interpretaties een toonbeeld van muzikale eerlijkheid en superieure smaak. Lamsma heeft een prachtige muzikale persoonlijkheid die zich manifesteert alsof er geen eeuwen liggen tussen het nu van de uitvoering en het toen van de compositiedatum van de muziek die ze speelt..

Roeland Hazendonk - Het Parool
7 July 2014

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

B.Britten – Violin Concerto op.15

…..absolutely stunning performance by the excellent Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma…..

 

…..Her tone remained piercingly beautiful even as she tore through the virtuosic gymnastics of the spiky central Vivace. But it was in the troubled Passacaglia finale where her deep feeling for the anxieties that lie beyond the notes sealed her success….

 

…..The audience called Lamsma back for repeated solo bows, clearly expecting more. And more she gave them – the serene Largo from J.S. Bach’s Solo Sonata No. 3 (BWV 1005). Like the Britten, it was beautifully and thoughtfully played…..
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John von Rhein - Chicago Tribune
6 June 2014

Cleveland Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

B.Britten – Violin Concerto op.15

…..Simone Lamsma’s appearance with the orchestra was remarkable on several counts…..

 

…..she played the Britten with consummate skill and complete authority, obviously winning many converts to a piece that can be difficult to wrap your ears around…..

 

…..Lamsma met all of Britten’s challenges superbly and put the concerto across with a deep sense of commitment…..
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Daniel Hathaway - ClevelandClassical.com
3 June 2014

Cleveland Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

Britten Violin Concerto op.35

Cleveland Orchestra sees two brilliant debuts on Severance Hall season finale

 

…..Even so, it was violinist Simone Lamsma, playing Britten, who must be said to have captured the spotlight…..

 

…..So polished, expressive and intense was her performance…..

 

…..Considerable though they were, the score’s technical hurdles barely seemed to faze Lamsma. Rather, she cleared them easily by focusing on the high-running emotions behind them, channeling their power to flood the listener with spectral, blazing sound…..

 

…..May Lamsma and the Britten be heard here again…..
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Zachary Lewis - www.cleveland.com
30 May 2014

Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Slagwerk Den Haag

L.Bernstein – Serenade

Lamsma geeft fantastische uitvoering extra dimensie

 

…..Leonard Bernstein boog Bartok naar zijn eigen idioom in zijn geïnspireerde Serenade voor viool, harp, slagwerk en strijkers. Sinfonietta kan zulke effectieve speelmuzieke fantastisch spelen en deed dat ook gisteravond, maar de uitvoering kreeg een extra dimensie dankzij de solo van de geweldige jong violiste Simone Lamsma. Niet vaak hoor je iemand zo onspectaculair mooi, puur leven in noten blazen…..

Het Parool
23 May 2014

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Andrès Orozco-Estrada, conductor

D.Shostakovich – Violin Concerto no.1 in A minor op.77

…..Simone Lamsma was soloist…..and brought an impassioned outpouring of line and texture to the music, Orozco-Strada and the orchestra collaborating with measured sonority. This was a committed reading….. Lamsma’s Bach encore was calming balm in a disturbing evening…..

Christopher Morley - Birmingham Post
9 May 2014

San Francisco Symphony
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

J.Sibelius – Violin Concerto in D minor op.47

Jaap Van Zweden and Simone Lamsma Stun in SF Symphony Debuts

…..I am almost at a loss to describe the excitement I experienced Friday evening at the San Francisco Symphony.
…..The performance was flawless and moving…..

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Steven Kruger - New York Arts

16 February 2014

San Francisco Symphony
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

J.Sibelius – Violin Concerto in D minor op.47

Davies Symphony Hall hosts two highly impressive debut performances

 

…..the result was nothing less than stunning…..

 

…..by the time they had both come to the coda of the final movement, there was an edge-of-the-seat excitement that pervaded the execution, no matter how familiar any listener may have been with the score…..

Stephen Smoliar - San Francisco Examiner
13 February 2014

Hallé Orchestra
Nikolaj Znaider, conductor

P.I.Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto in D op.35

Mature and Persuasive Playing from Simone Lamsma

 

…..There was nothing routine about Lamsma’s mature and persuasive approach to the Concerto which drew the listener in, astutely providing significant drama marked by a broad range of tone and dynamic. Especially effective was Lamsma’s impassioned playing of the brooding central movement Canzonetta: Andante. At times it felt as if her ‘ex Braga’ Stradivarius was weeping such was the intensity of emotion casting a spell that not even an errant sneezer could break…..
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Michael Cookson - Seen and Heard International
14 January 2014

Hallé Orchestra
Nikolaj Znaider, conductor

P.I.Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto in D op.35

Rising star is simply sensational

 

…..Last night she made her debut with the Halle in its Opus One series – and left the audience in no doubt why she is so highly admired.
The 28-year-old vistuoso gave a breathtaking rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, holding eager listeners spellbound with a sensational, energy-charged performance.
She plays with great maturity, her performance boosted by the sympathetic accompaniment of an orchestra on top form.

Marina Berry - Oldham Chronicle
14 January 2014

Hallé Orchestra
Nikolaj Znaider, conductor

P.I.Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto in D op.35

…..Capriccio Italien was followed by my highlight of the evening, a brilliant recital of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. This was played to perfection by the superb young soloist Simone Lamsma…..

 

…..There were times during Lamsma’s playing that I was absolutely transfixed, and it was easy to forget that the orchestra and audience were present, such was the stark intensity that she played with during the cadenzas……

 

…..The richly deserved and thunderous applause that followed the piece drew Lamsma back for an encore, during which she performed a truly beautiful largo from Bach’s third violin suite. This had the audience utterly spellbound and seemed like it left a few, in both audience and orchestra, with moist eyes….

Ben Hayes - Review website Hallé Orchestra
16 January 2014

Philharmonie ZuidNederland
Kynan Johns, conductor

C.Saint-Saëns – Havanaise op.83
C.Saint-Saëns – Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso op.28

Vioolvuurwerk bij Philharmonie

 

…..Trekpleister van het concert was de violiste Simone Lamsma, die een virtuoos vuurwerk afstak in de twee klapstukken van Saint-Saëns. Mooi, dat Nederland in het rijke bezit is van een aantal viooltalenten van wereldklasse. Wat een bijzonder bezeten voordracht met een sublieme toongeving en timing en wat een fantasierijke verhaaltrant. Het samenspel met het orkest verliep voortreffelijk…..

Cornélie Hoedervanger - Eindhovens Dagblad
17 December 2013

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor

S.Prokofiev – Violin Concerto no.2 in G minor op.63

…..Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu and Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma made triumphant returns to Powell Hall Friday night…..

 

…..She and Mr. Lintu were clearly in close communication with each other throughout the concerto, as was obvious in the quality of the performance…..
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Chuck Lavazzi - KDHX
19 October 2013

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor

S.Prokofiev – Violin Concerto no.2 in G minor op.63

…..The masterful Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu led; the superb young Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma was the soloist……
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Sarah Bryan Miller - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
19 October 2013

hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankurt
Iliych Rivas, conductor

J.Brahms – Violin Concerto in D major op.77

Ein beglückender Konzertabend

 

Das HR-Sinfonieorchester und die Violinistin Simone Lamsma begeisterten in der Stadthalle

 

Simone Lamsma beherrscht einen großartigen, kraftvollen Geigenklang, das Instrument ist in allen Lagen gleich präsent. Damit setzte sie sich mühelos über das große Orchester. Sie spielte engagiert zupackend, mit viel Sinn für große Linien, immer im Kontakt mit Dirigent und den Musikern.

Nach dem groß angelegten und leidenschaftlich interpretierten ersten Satz mit einer brillanten Kadenz war das Publikum so begeistert, dass spontan applaudiert wurde. Wunderschön war dann im langsamen zweiten Satz die Zwiesprache zwischen der beginnenden Oboe und der Sologeige. Nach dem kompakten schnellen Schlusssatz wollten die Hörer gar nicht mehr aufhören zu klatschen, sodass Lamsma eine Zugabe brachte.
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Anneke Jung - Frankfurter Neue Presse Neu-Isenburger Neue Presse
19 October 2013

hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankurt
Iliych Rivas, conductor

J.Brahms – Violin Concerto in D major op.77

Simone Lamsma lieferte eine nicht nur virtuose, sondern ausgesprochen seelenvolle Interpretation und versäumte es nicht, die zuweilen recht kauzige Urwüchsigkeit von Brahms auszuloten.
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Gerhart Matthias - Frankfurter Neue Presse
6 May 2013

Cininnati Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, conductor

B.Britten – Violin Concerto op.15

The concert’s other highlight was a sensational, 27-year-old Dutch violinist named Simone Lamsma, who gave the most exciting performance of Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto in memory.

 

She’s not only a technical wizard, but plays with the kind of artistry and maturity that makes one wonder if she started playing before she was born.

 

The violinist projected a ravishing sound on her Stradivarius, and was wonderfully communicative through its varied moods. Impossibly high harmonics, glissandos and technical fireworks were all delivered with surgical precision. Yet, there was also remarkable depth to her playing. The final passacaglia was deeply felt and played with haunting beauty.

Janelle Gelfand - Cincinnati Enquirer
27 April 2013

Cininnati Symphony Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, conductor

B.Britten – Violin Concerto op.15

Lamsma, Kalmar Inspire with the CSO

 

A spectacular debut….

 

…..a performance that touched as well as amazed…..

Mary Ellyn Hutton - Musicincininnati.com
27 April 2013

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

L.van Beethoven – Violin Concerto D major op.61

★★★★★

The poise and muscular style of the young Dutch soloist, Simone Lamsma, was exactly to my taste, and evidently to the orchestra’s, too.

Guy Dammann - The Guardian
21 April 2013

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

Beethoven Violin Concerto

 “…she’s clearly a keen and responsive soloist: listening to her orchestra and hugely supportive conductor, colouring her trills to the other players’ melodic line and finally enjoying herself in an irresistibly dancing finale, sealed by a terrific Kreisler cadenza. While so many violinists do their own thing and to hell with the rest of the set-up, Lansma’s mix of high ardour and collegial spirit is something to be treasured: she’ll be very welcome back.”

David Nice - The Arts Desk
20 April 2013

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

L.van Beethoven – Violin Concerto D major op.61

With Martyn Brabbins and the BBCSO steadfast in support, this was a memorable account which confirmed Lamsma (a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London) as a violinist of whom much can be expected.

Richard Whitehouse - www.classicalsource.com
19 April 2013

Noord Nederlands Orkest
Stefan Asbury, conductor

M.Bruch – Violin Concerto in G minor op.26

Violiste Lamsma gaat voor klasse

 

Met de gewaagde trage vioolsolo in de openingsmaten leek ze al aan te geven dat er wat bijzonders te gebeuren stond. Asbury en de zijnen aten als het ware uit haar hand

 

Met haar Stradivarius koos zij voor verdieping, voor het laten oplichten van verborgen elementen in het notenparcours. Alsof ze met een zaklantaarn door de partituur ging.

 

Lamsma koost niet voor het effect en de platte show….. Zij ging voor eigenheid en klasse.

Rudolf Nammensma - Leeuwarder Courant
1 February 2013

Noord Nederlands Orkest
Stefan Asbury, conductor

M.Bruch – Violin Concerto in G minor op.26

Lamsma speelt intens doorleefd

 

Direct bij de inzet van de korte cadens waarmee deze solopartij begint, was er de klik met het publiek.

 

Na een bewogen lyrisch langzaam deel werd het stoere en enigszins Hongaars getinte slotdeel met een geweldige power en virtuositeit neergezet. Het minuten durende applaus was veelzeggend.

Gerben Bergstra - Friesch Dagblad
1 February 2013

Het Brabants Orkest
Christoph Poppen, conductor

P.I.Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto in D Major op.35

Violiste laat bekend vioolconcert als nieuw klinken

 

Simone Lamsma imponeert met interactie die ze uitlokt met het orkest

 

Wat een talent, wat een techniek, wat een toon en, misschien nog wel het belangrijkste, wat een gepassioneerde persoonlijkheid liet ze horen en zien in het vioolconcert van Tsjaikovski.

Marjolijn Sengers - Eindhovens Dagblad
7 December 2012

Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira
Roberto Minczuk, conductor

E.W.Korngold – Violin Concerto in D major op.35

Uma exuberante violinista

 

…..No caso da holandesa Simone Lamsma, o violino torna-se integrante do seu corpo e da sua mente…..

 

…..Ela é música pura, temos a certeza de que nasceu para brilhar…..

 

English translation:

In the case of Dutch Simone Lamsma, the violin becomes a part of her body and her mind. The Violin Concerto in D major op. 35 by Korngold is a piece where film music becomes evident, as the composer made compositions for film. Lamsma’s fantastic interpretation conveyed this very much. The artist, resembling a sylph, opened the work with a contagious drive, making clear what a great violinist she is through her perfect pitch level, a beautiful sonority, heavenly high notes and a perfect technique. She has a beautiful bowing arm and this along with the overall virtuosity displayed in the third movement of the concerto shows she is pure music. We are sure that she was born to shine

Maria Luiza Nobre - Jornal do Brasil
23 October 2012

Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira
Roberto Minczuk, conductor

E.W.Korngold – Violin Concerto in D major op.35

English translation:

The voluminous blond curls of the Dutch Soloist Simone Lamsma increased the brightness of the hall as much as the notes of her instrument. She played the Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35 by Austrian composer […] Erich Korngold perfectly. Like the sun in the evening, enigmatic and melancholic, the music invaded the ears of the audience like a wave of irresistible lyricism. The large and expressive gestures of the irreproachable Soloist shined in front of the magnificent orchestra […], which contributed to the beauty of the piece.

Fabiano Gonçalves - Movimento
21 October 2012

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Fabien Gabel, conductor

Chausson – Poème

Chausson’s Poème pour violon, despite being something of an unknown quantity from a composer in the shadow of the more famous Impressionist masters, exceeded expectations. Executed beautifully by Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma, the work is a decadent, yearning story of forbidden love, and was emotive and transfixing.

Emma Cooper - Movimento
September 2012

Noord Nederlands Orkest
Otto Tausk, conductor

J.Brahms – Violin Concerto in D major op.77

Simone Lamsma toe aan supportersbus

 

Wat een flair spreidde ze tentoon, Wat een beheersing en vooral wat een inzicht. Voordeel was dat ze op een lijn zat met dirigent Otto Tausk en dat betekende: geen hol effectbejag en aanstellerige bravourpassages, maar een logisch verloop, waarin het een leek voort te komen uit het ander. Perfect getimed, met soms een vertederende mildheid, het resultaat van pakkende pianissimi, afgewisseld met een welhaast dwingende meeslependheid.

Rudolf Nammensma - Leeuwarder Courant
March 2012

Noord Nederlands Orkest
Otto Tausk, conductor

J.Brahms – Violin Concerto in D major op.77

Lamsma met Brahms opnieuw een belevenis

 

…..een constant zingende toon die net zo rank was als haar slanke verschijning en vooral in het middendeel prachtig gerealiseerd op haar Stradivarius uit 1718…..

S. van Ek - Friesch Dagblad
March 2012

Utah Symphony Orchestra
Thierry Fischer, conductor

F.Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor op.64

Violin soloist makes her mark with Mendelssohn

 

…..Lamsma, 26, possesses a distinct voice, marked by glittering high notes (and harmonics to die for)…..

 

…..And when orchestra and soloist reached the lively finale, the crowd was ready to follow on whichever rough-and-tumble adventure she pursued…..

Catherine Reese Newton - The Salt Lake Tribune
10 February 2012

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits, conductor

Beethoven – Violin Concerto in D major op.61

…..This limbered us up aurally for a terrific account of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Simone Lamsma as the sensational and glamorous soloist. Powerful in control, the young Dutch violinist drew silvery meticulousness and burnished tone out of the Stradivarius she has on loan (the “ex-Chanot-Chardon”, 1718), but it was her sense of line and phrase that held her audience spellbound. The BSO were alert and sensitive in support, with a lovely bassoon solo in the slow movement…..

Fiona Maddocks - The Guardian / The Observer
22 January 2012

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits, conductor

L.v.Beethoven – Violin Concerto in D major op.61

★★★★★

 

…..Simone Lamsma immersed us in the abundant felicities of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto; a performance that expressed all the beauty of line and tone in every note…..

 

…..The Larghetto showed sensitivity to the quiescent romance; a mesmerising account…..

Mike Marsh - Bournemouth / Daily Echo
19 January 2012

Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orkest
Cornelius Meister, conductor

W.Walton – Violin Concerto

STRALEND DEBUUT SIMONE LAMSMA

 

…..Ook de violiste Simone Lamsma trad voor het eerst op met het orkest. Het werd vooral háár avond…..

 

…..Technisch gaat geen zee haar te hoog, dit vioolspel klonk moeiteloos onberispelijk. Prachtig ook hoe haar viooltoon in lyrische passages boven het orkest zweefde. Hier stond een violiste die zich de noten volledig eigen had gemaakt…..

Thiemo Wind - De Telegraaf
17 January 2012

Het Gelders Orkest
Damian Iorio, conductor

K.A.Hartmann – Concerto Funèbre

Simone Lamsma fenomenaal in concerto funèbre

 

…..Op het scherp van de snede begeleid door HGO leverde Simone Lamsma een fenomenale solistische prestatie. Technisch razend knap, toverend met nuances, subliem in de hoge tonen, überhaupt schitterend van toon, fel en fijnzinnig waar nodig, raakte ze deze emotionele getuigenismuziek in de kern…..

Henk Slik - De Stentor
3 December 2011

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor

M.Lindberg – Violin Concerto

Violinist deftly reflects new concerto’s romance

 

…..Kuusisto, ailing, was replaced by the splendid Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma, who first essayed the Lindberg a year ago and seemed thoroughly inside it Friday…..

Larry Fuchsberg - STAR TRIBUNE
18 September 2011

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor

M.Lindberg – Violin Concerto

SPCO in fine form for Finns

 

…..Lindberg’s Violin Concerto, which was given an arresting reading by Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma. Making her Twin Cities debut, this international buzz artist was quite an impressive pinch hitter, bringing out all of the work’s haunting hum and anxious tones…..

Rob Hubbard - TwinCities.com / Pioneer Press
16 September 2011

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Marek Janowski, conductor

D.Shostakovich – Violin Concerto no.1

Publiek juicht voor Simone Lamsma

 

Simone Lamsma bewees haar wereldklasse

 

…..Goddelijk gestreken cantilenen gaven de langzame delen een magische glans…..

 

…..Even subliem was Lamsma’s toegift, een Sarabande van Bach. Technisch gaaf, perfect van timing, intens muzikaal…..

Thiemo Wind - De Telegraaf
15 July 2011

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Marek Janowski, conductor

D.Shostakovich – Violin Concerto no.1

LAMSMA KRUIPT IN DE MUZIEK, WÓRDT SJOSTAKOVITSJ

 

…..Simone Lamsma is kwaliteit, met een hoofdletter…..

 

…..En zo laat ze ons de onderhuidse angsten voelen die Sjostakovitsj in muziek van zich af probeerde te schrijven, de waanzin van de tijd, de wrede absurditeit van het leven onder Stalin. Magistraal. En dan als toegift – het publiek bleef maar applaudisseren – nog een Sarabande spelen uit de Tweede Partita van Bach. Waarmee ze pas begon toen de zaal weer volledig stil was. Meesterlijk…..

Richard Stuivenberg - Alles over Kunst
14 July 2011

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

D.Shostakovich – Violin Concerto no.1

Young violinist delivers a stellar performance

 

…..But that was just for starters. With exquisite judgment shaping every delicate phrase, she gave the opening movement the exact mood and atmosphere its “Nocturne” subtitle suggests. The cadenza had more nuances of expression than most recordings, and she always applied the perfect touch of emotional momentum to a piece that can become static and meandering in the wrong hands.

 

When she finished, the audience was on its feet, with lots of foot stomping, clapping and bow waving on stage, which was good for four curtain calls. Plus, we got an encore, the quiet, meditative “Sarabande” from Bach’s D minor Partita, very reminiscent in its own way of parts of the Shostakovich. It was delivered with the same gracious elegance that characterized her stage presence, yet another reminder that we were in the presence of a major talent whose budding career already appears to be distinguished…..

John Huxhold -
St. Louis Post-Dispatch and STLtoday
13 March 2011

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

D.Shostakovich – Violin Concerto no.1

Demonic Shostakovich and lavish Rachmaninov

 

…..a stunning performance by soloist Simone Lamsma…..

Chuck Lavazzi - www.kdhx.org
12 March 2011

Noord Nederlands Orkest
Stefan Asbury, conductor

Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto

Lamsma weet ’t publiek te raken

 

…..Met het strijken van de eerste tonen op haar viool viel de zaal van De Lawei stil en zat het publiek ademloos te luisteren. Dat zij meteen het publiek zo weet te raken komt niet alleen door de prachtige Stradivariusviool uit 1718, maar vooral door de intens doorleefde wijze waarop zij erop speelt. Ze musiceert met haar hele wezen…..

Gerben Bergstra - Friesch Dagblad
31 January 2011

Noord Nederlands Orkest
Stefan Asbury, conductor

Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto

Simone Lamsma: muziek in haar lijf

 

…..De wisselwerking tussen haar en het orkest was klasse, haar spel weergaloos…..

 

…..Of het nog beter kon, vroeg je je al niet meer af. Dit is de top.

Rudolf Nammensma - Leeuwarder Courant
29 January 2011

Noord Nederlands Orkest
Stefan Asbury, conductor

Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto

De ervaring van grote zuiverheid

 

…..Het was de ervaring van grote zuiverheid van gevoel, in combinatie met prachtige timing, technische precisie en muzikale overgave…..

Minke Muilwijk - Dagblad van het Noorden
29 January 2011

Recital with Valentina Lisitsa

Rio de Janeiro, Sala Cecília Meireles

Maturity at 25

 

…..Last Sunday at the Sala Cecilia Meireles, the young Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma gave one of those concerts that mark a season and reconcile the music lover with the possibility of transcendence.

 

At 25, she not only has the technical expertise that can be expected of a professional with over ten years of activity on the international circuit, but displays an equally-elevated musical maturity that surprises even more…..

Clóvis Marques - Opinião e Notícia
19 April 2010

Concert with Fanfare Joost Wiersma

Pure magie in ‘showpiece’ Lamsma

 

…..dit was pure magie. Ademloos werd er door het publiek geluisterd dat vervolgens uitbarstte in een uitzinnig applaus…..

S. van Ek - Friesch Dagblad
22 March 2010

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

Britten – Violin Concerto

Soliste Simone Lamsma oprecht en technisch verbluffend in Brittens vioolconcert.

 

In schroeiende tonen vertaalde ze de pijn van Benjamin Britten om de dreigende oorlog. Zijn Vioolconcert vraagt om een groot en oprecht inlevingsvermogen. Dat heeft Lamsma in huis.

 

Na haar toegift, de Derde solosonate van Eugène Ysaÿe, barstte het publiek terecht uit in een overweldigend ‘bravo’.

Bela Luttmer - De Volkskrant
9 March 2010

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

Britten – Violin Concerto

Zuchtjes slakende viool naar hemelse hoogten

 

In het slotdeel begon de zuchtjes slakende viool haast lichaamloos, om ten slotte intens naar hemelse hoogten op te stijgen. Het terecht stormachtige applaus nodigde Lamsma uit tot een toegift: de Derde sonate van Ysaÿe, al even geconcentreerd en in één beweging neergezet.

Anthony Fiumara - Trouw
8 March 2010

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

Britten – Violin Concerto op.15

Consummate Performance of Neglected Masterpiece!

 

Lamsma’s rendering of the Britten concerto was beyond impressive. Her technical and intellectual control of the piece convinced me that Opus. 15 is a neglected masterpiece. She soared into the top register of her instrument with total assurance and tossed off the difficult left-hand pizzicati with perfect panache. Such rock-solid playing enabled one to savor the musical argument, and it was profoundly satisfying.

Paul E.Robinson - WWW.SCENA.ORG
26 February 2010

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

Britten – Violin Concerto op.35

Serious program, brilliantly performed

 

…..Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma was dazzling and Jaap van Zweden continued his excellence as conductor in Thursday’s DSO performance…..

Scott Cantrell - DALLAS MORNING NEWS
20 February 2010

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

Britten – Violin Concerto op.35

…..convincingly devoted performance by Lamsma, van Zweden, and the orchestra…..

Wayne Lee Gay - Frontrow.dmagazine.com
19 February 2010

LOUIS SPOHR
Violinkonzerte Nr. 6, 8, 11

Simone Lamsma, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, Patrick Gallois
Naxos 8.57 0528
(70 Min., 4/2007)
1 CD

…..Die junge Holländerin Simone Lamsma bringt im Grunde alles mit, um diese Ausgrabung wieder in jenem Glanz erstrahlen zu lassen, die einst Spohrs Zeitgenossen hingerissen haben muss. Ihre makellose Virtuosität ist klassisch-diszipliniert, ihr Spiel hat frechen Biss und Eleganz, ist athletisch, frisch, nie verhärtet oder angestrengt, es ist – um ein Bild der Konfektindustrie zu entlehnen – außen knackig und innen weich…..

 

Raoul Mörchen, 09.01.2010
www.rondomagazin.de
Nr. 609 / 09. – 15.01.2010

RONDO • KLASSIK • CD • REZENSIONEN
9 january 2010

Louis Spohr: Violin Concertos 6, 8 and 11

Simone Lamsma, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla. Naxos CD

In BBC Radio 3 programme ‘CD Review’ with Andrew McGregor, Simone Lamsma’s disc with Louis Spohr’s Violin Concertos was “one of the Building a Library recommendations”.

Among the ‘top 3 Louis Spohr picks’ was Spohr’s Violin Concertos: “…..beautifully played, hard to think of it being better played than by Simone Lamsma…..

CD Review: with Andrew McGregor;
including Louis Spohr: Anniversary round-up.

Broadcast on: BBC Radio 3, 9:00am Saturday 28th November 2009
Duration: 195 minutes
Available until: 12:17pm Saturday 5th December 2009
Categories: Music, Classical

BBC Radio 3 – ‘CD Review’
28 November 2009 broadcast

Sinfonia Rotterdam
Conrad van Alphen, conductor

Mozart – Violin Concerto No.5

Violiste Simone Lamsma raakt het Leeuwarder publiek

 

…..Vrijdagavond raakte Lamsma in De Harmonie in Leeuwarden het publiek met een magnifieke vertolking van Mozarts Vijfde Vioolconcert samen met Sinfonia Rotterdam…..

 

…..Op sublieme wijze liet zij horen speeltechniek te kunnen combineren met muzikaliteit en inlevingsvermogen. Vanaf haar eerste inzet tot aan het slot nam ze het publiek mee dat stil en geboeid zat te luisteren…..

 

…..De uitvoering was een absoluut hoogtepunt in dit concert…..

Gerben Bergstra - Friesch Dagblad
23 november 2009

Sinfonia Rotterdam
Conrad van Alphen, conductor

Mozart – Violin Concerto No.5

Simone Lamsma een met orkest

 

…..Lamsma gaf leiding aan de muziek en musiceerde met het orkest zoals men zelden hoort…..

Ingrid Metz - Leeuwarder Courant
21 november 2009

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor

Shostakovich – Violin Concerto No.1

Evening of excitement and beauty
★★★★★

 

SIMONE Lamsma took what might seem a bold step in presenting Shostakovich’s pithy Violin Concerto No 1 as her debut with the BSO. However the long-breathed, sombre Nocturne won enormous respect for her confident, intellectual sobriety.

 

The Scherzo’s slashing strokes glinted against the wind ensembles mellifluous playing, the composers DSCH monogram adding to the rhythmic energy.

 

Lamsma’s intensely poignant Passacaglia against both tuba and pizzicato strings plus a slow cadenza that evoked, so appropriately on Wednesday, the lone trumpet of silent battlefields was emotionally awesome. The finale displayed a brilliance in which the barbs of warfare were delivered with electrifying virtuosity.

 

Her encore, the Andante from Bach’s Sonata No 2, reflected intensity similar to the Shostakovich Nocturne…..

Mike Marsh - BOURNEMOUTH / DAILY ECHO
13 november 2009

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Jaap van Zweden. conductor

Shostakovich – Violin Concerto no.1

Zinderend optreden violiste Simone Lamsma

 

…..Simone Lamsma slaagde er ondanks haar jonge jaren uitstekend in die grimmige, latente spanning die Sjostakovitsj in de vioolpartij stopte en daarmee dus vooral op de schouders van de protagonist legde, op te roepen en van begin tot eind vast te houden…..

 

…..Als sterk punt manifesteerde zich haar vermogen, naast een bijna vanzelfsprekende technische perfectie een eigen licht op de noten te laten schijnen en een gevoelsstroom op gang te brengen, die het gehoor onverbiddelijk weet mee te slepen…..

Kees Arntzen - Trouw
3 november 2009

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

Shostakovich – Violin Concerto no.1

Violiste Lamsma maakt belofte waar

 

Al een aantal jaren gold de Friese violiste Simone Lamsma (1985) in vioolkringen als misschien wel het grootste talent dat Nederland ooit heeft voortgebracht. Toch is Lamsma pas werkelijk ‘hot’ sinds Jaap van Zweden haar in september op tv in Zomergasten introduceerde als “een fenomenaal violiste met een gouden toekomst

 

Getuige de fenomenale uitvoering van het Eerste Vioolconcert van Sjostakovitsj, die Lamsma onder zijn leiding met kamermuziekachtige verfijning neerzette in Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn, gaat ze deze profetische woorden helemaal waarmaken…..

Wenneke Savenije - NRC Handelsblad
31 oktober 2009

Orkest van het Oosten
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, dirigent

Mendelssohn Vioolconcert in E klein op.64

Prachtig optreden Orkest van het Oosten

 

…..Zij [Simone Lamsma] maakte muziek mét het orkest en nergens verzandde dit in clichés…..

 

…..Hoe zacht Simone Lamsma haar Stradivarius ook wilde laten zingen, het orkest bleef eronder. Misschien was ze toch gewichtloos…..

Ellen Kruidhof - De Twentsche Courant TUBANTIA
5 september 2009

Louis Spohr: Violin Concertos 6, 8 and 11

Simone Lamsma, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla. Naxos CD

Many violinists don’t have a sufficiently strong personality to project Spohr’s [once famous Gesangszene]; Lamsma already does. An urgently recommended Want List candidate.

 

Simone Lamsma plays Spohr with authority- with technical aplomb and a silken, slender sound that recall Heifetz’s. She sparkles in the higher registers….and sounds throaty in the lower ones; such unobtrusive muscularity, coupled with silvery violinistic solidity, makes her a credible exponent of Spohr’s music. The recorded sound sets her in the midst of the orchestral sound rather than aggressively in front of it.

 

Though not nearly as confident as Heifetz, Lamsma still generates high voltage in, for example, the slow movement’s fast episode, and she plays with congenial sensitivity in the Adagio’s main sections. And unlike Heifetz, who succumbed to the temptation to add thirds to the last movement’s passages (as his teacher, Auer, did in Tchaikovsky’s cadenza to his Violin Concerto), she makes a case for it even while playing it straight.

Robert Maxham - FANFARE MAGAZINE
July / August 2009 issue

Philharmonische Orchester der Stadt Heidelberg
Dietger Holm, Dirigent

Spanische Nacht – 1. Schlosskonzert
HEIDELBERGER SCHLOSSFESTSPIELE *27.06.09
Lalo Symphonie espagnole op.32

Nachdem die ursprünglich für das fünfsätzige Violinkonzert vorgesehene Solistin ihren Part kurzfristig abgesagt hatte, sprang die 24-jährige Geigerin Simone Lamsma für sie ein: Ein echter Glücksgriff, denn Lamsma spielte nicht nur bereits in frühester Jugend solistisch unter Größen wie Sir Neville Marriner und Yehudi Menuhin. Sie besitzt auch eine sagenhafte künstlerische Begabung. Nicht nur die melodiösen Passagen zwischen den fliegenden Wechseln von hohen und tiefen Lagen erklangen inwarmen, vollen Tönen. Auch scharf rhythmisierte und virtuoseste Scharnierstellen besaßen eine dynamisch exakte, voluminöse Fülle, die nur über die hervorragende Bogentechnik staunen ließ.
Das Orchester brillierte, angeführt von einer Geigerin, die die melodiösen Passagen förmlich aufblühen und die höchsten Triller vogelgleich zwitschern ließ, in exzeptionell ausgewogener Dynamik.

Astrid Mader - RHEIN-NECKAR-ZEITUNG
30 Juni 2009

Philharmonische Orchester der Stadt Heidelberg
Dietger Holm, Dirigent

Heidelberger Schlossfestspiele
Lalo – Symphonie espagnole op.32

In der “Symphonie espagnole” von Edouard Lalo, die eigentlich das zweite Violinkonzert des Komponisten ist, besticht Simone Lamsma mit fein ausphrasiertem Sehnsuchtston. Neben der selbstverständlich und fast beiläufig gezeigten Virtuosität geben sich nachdenkliche, dunklere Facetten zu erkennen. Es ist nicht allein die Höflichkeit des Gastgebers, wenn Dietger Holm der 24 Jahre alten Niederländerin eine Karriere auf den internationalen Podien prophezeit.

Hans-Günter Fischer - MANNHEIMER MORGEN
30 Juni 2009

Noord Nederlands Orkest
Jan Willem de Vriend, conductor

Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto

FRIESE VIOLIST SCHITTERT BIJ HET NNO

De Friese soliste Simone Lamsma speelde dit prachtige vioolconcert muzikaal perfect….

Jack Frölich - FRIESCH DAGBLAD
29 June 2009

Louis Spohr: Violin Concertos 6, 8 and 11

Simone Lamsma, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla. Naxos CD

…..Lamsma, a young Dutch soloist (…..), displays the outstanding beauty of three of them [Spohr concertos] on this fine recording….

Geoff Adams - OTAGO DAILY TIMES
12 May 2009

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Kirk Trevor, conductor

Bruch – Scottish Fantasy

…..she [Simone Lamsma] spun tales that held the DeHaan Center audience spellbound…..

Jay Harvey - INDIANAPOLIS STAR
10 May 2009

Louis Spohr: Violin Concertos 6, 8 and 11

Simone Lamsma, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla. Naxos CD

Simone Lamsma verdient roem

 

….. Lamsma paart gretige compromisloosheid aan een volle, stevige toon en een sensitief oor voor samenspel……

Mischa Spel - NRC Handelsblad
3 April 2009

Shared recital with
Tineke Postma

BIJZONDER CROSS-OVER CONCERT VAN TWEE FRIEZINNEN

 

….Een indrukwekkend concert met bijzondere musici…..

 

…..Lamsma speelde op indrukwekkende wijze de monumentale Ciaconna uit de tweede Partita in d-klein voor soloviool…..

 

…..Een muzikaal hoogstandje zowel betreffende compositie als uitvoering was wel de bewerking van Schuberts lied Erlkönig van Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst. Je hoorde in de vioolpartij zowel de melodie van het lied als de begeleiding. Daarnaast was ook de intense emotie van de vader die met zijn doodzieke kind in de nacht door het woud rijdt duidelijk te voelen…..

Jack Frölich - FRIESCH DAGBLAD
9 March 2009

Louis Spohr: Violin Concertos 6, 8 and 11

Simone Lamsma, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla. Naxos CD

SPOHRS VIOLINER LYSER UPP

 

Holländska violinisten Simone Lamsmas inspelning av violinkonserterna 6, 8 och 11 är ett fynd. Hon tar fram den lyriska charmen i denna tidiga romantik med värme och äkthet. I den sjätte konsertens rondo, där Spohr tog den spanska melodiken från en av Napoleons gitarrspelande soldater, sjunger ett ungt hjärta i Lamsmas delikata solospel.

 

Utsökt formas den innerliga adagiosatsen i elfte konserten, dubbelgreppen i rondot smeks fram. Substansen i Spohrs konserter ställs i fördelaktigaste belysning i dessa framföranden av Simone Lamsma och Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä under Patrick Gallois. Rekommenderas till både violinälskare och violinhatare
www.svd.se

LARS HEDBLAD - SVENSKA DAGBLADET
18 February 2009

Louis Spohr: Violin Concertos 6, 8 and 11

Simone Lamsma, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla. Naxos CD

This is one of the finest Spohr recordings ever made and the reason for this is the fact that Simone Lamsma’s violin playing is simply gorgeous……

SPOHR SOCIETY UK
January 2009

Louis Spohr: Violin Concertos 6, 8 and 11

Simone Lamsma, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla. Naxos CD

……hear these persuasive performances and you will regret their absence in the concert hall……

 

……She [Simone Lamsma] is ideal for Spohr, her ability to brush aside the difficulties removing any sense of strain and allows the lyric aspects to blossom……

David’s Review Corner, Naxos
January 2009

Recital with pianist Hannes Minnaar

Simone Lamsma, een violiste van groot formaat

 

…..Simone Lamsma vormde als het ware een eenheid met de muziek……

 

…….Johannes Brahms schreef zijn Sonate voor viool en piano nr.3 in d-klein in de zomer van 1888 ……… Prachtige muziek waarin beide jonge musici lieten horen dat ze deze muziek uitstekend aanvoelden, de ziel van de muziek raakten en daarmee ook de luisteraars……

Jack Frölich - FRIESCH DAGBLAD
27 December 2008

Recital with pianist Yurie Miura

EEN NIEUW SEIZOEN EEN NIEUW GELUID

 

De deur van het nieuwe seizoen, het negende alweer, werd afgelopen zondag in de Kapel van Cultureel Centrum Jan-van-Besouw door violiste Simone Lamsma en pianiste Yurie Miura met zoveel kracht en overtuiging opengegooid, dat het publiek al na het eerste deel van het programma uitbarstte in een even krachtig als overtuigend applaus. Iedereen scheen te beseffen dat er twee talenten van een nieuwe generatie op het podium stonden waarvan over weinig jaren vol trots gezegd kan worden: ‘Die twee hebben hier nog een Kapelconcert gepresenteerd; nu zijn ze voor ons onbereikbaar geworden.’……

GOIRLES BELANG
29 October 2008

Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Sir Neville Marriner, conductor

Schubert – Rondo
Saint-Saëns – Introduction et Rondo Cappricioso

….. Ms Lamsma excelled herself in this challenging piece with a virtuoso performance that brought huge applause from the audience and the orchestra…..

George Pyman - NIDDERDALE HERALD
29 July 2008

Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Sir Neville Marriner, conductor

Schubert – Rondo
Saint-Saëns – Introduction et Rondo Cappricioso

…..The Dutch violinist, Simone Lamsma, was the soloist in the seldom played Rondo by Schubert, a score that seemingly was intended as part of a concerto that came too late in the composer’s life for completion.

 

It was played with a warm and unforced tone and intonation and made an ideal foil for Lamsma’s effervescent account of Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, where she produced the full range of technical fireworks needed while keeping the work suitably light and frothy.

David Denton - YORKSHIRE POST
25 July 2008

Recital with pianist Chih-Yi Chen

Works by Ravel, Grieg, Ysaÿe and Fauré

Violinist returns with bold recital

 

Simone Lamsma, silver medalist of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, made a triumphant return to town Tuesday with a bold, expressive recital as her first professional U.S. concert engagement……

Whitney Smith - THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR / INDYSTAR.COM
9 April 2008

Het Brabants Orkest
James Loughran, conductor

Bruch – Scottish Fantasy

Engels Proms feestje barst los bij HBO

 

Wat goed is komt snel, zeker in de klassieke muziek…….

 

……Indruk maakte vooral de souplesse en precisie waarmee violist Lamsma de schoonheid van Max Bruchs ‘Schotse Fantasie’ blootlegde. Lamsma verkiest een fijn geslepen, transparante vioolklank waarbij het licht op de kleinste muzikale details valt. Razend knap zijn haar kwikzilverige trillers op de snaren. Helder als glas en akelig nauwkeurig uitgevoerd. Technisch kan ze helemaal uitpakken zoals in het daverende slot, maar de emotionaliteit wint het steeds van de virtuositeit……

Mark van de Voort - BRABANTS DAGBLAD
31 March 2008

Lamsma schittert op Night of the Proms

 

Violiste Simone Lamsma schitterde gisteravond in Night of the Proms. Deze reeds internationaal gelauwerde jonge Burgumse wist met haar virtuoze, maar ook fijnzinnige vioolspel waarin ze elke noot loepzuiver uit haar instrument toverde, de aandacht naar zich toe te trekken. Met de Hongaarse dans no.2 gaf ze voor de pauze meteen al haar visitekaartje af. De wijze waarop ze de virtuositeit en daarnaast ook de weemoed, kenmerkend voor de zigeunermuziek waarop dit werk is geënt, op het publiek overbracht was ontroerend mooi.
In Liebesfreud en Tambour Chinoise van Fritz Kreisler deed ze er nog een schepje muzikaal genot bovenop. Met haar vertolking van de Carmenfantasie, met melodieën uit de gelijknamige opera van Bizet, gecomponeerd door Pablo de Sarasate, oogstte ze niet alleen een open doekje, maar kreeg na het spelen ervan een staande ovatie. Zo mooi hoor je dit werk niet vaak gespeeld. Haar podiumoptreden wist ze zeer goed bij de te spelen werken aan te passen.

Gerben Bergstra - FRIESCH DAGBLAD

11 januari 2008

Lamsma en Bonnema op Night of the Proms

 

De uit Burgum afkomstige violiste Simone Lamsma was gisteravond in een volle Harmonie de muzikale ster op de eerste Friese Night of the Proms…..

Wim Vervoort - LEEUWARDER COURANT

11 januari 2008

Elgar CD
Simone Lamsma and Yurie Miura

…..op het Naxos-label ook een prachtige cd van een andere jonge Nederlandse violiste: Simone Lamsma….

HP / DE TIJD

November 2006

Elgar CD
Simone Lamsma and Yurie Miura

She has a seriously fine technique and impeccable intonation, and puts these to use with mature musical intelligence. This is deliciously romantic playing, with its touches of portamento, rich, expressive vibrato and melodic subtlety.

Tim Homfray - The Strad

October 2006

Elgar CD
Simone Lamsma and Yurie Miura

***** 5 star review

Instrumental and Chamber Disc of the Month

 

Delicious Elgar debut disc from young violinist Simone Lamsma

 

LAMSMA HAS A SWEET TONE THAT TOUCHES THE HEART

Classic FM Best Buy – September 2006: Instrumental and Chamber Disc of the Month

Elgar: Violin Sonatas and various miniatures including Chanson de matin; Chanson de nuit
Simone Lamsma (violin), Yuire Miura (piano)
Naxos 8.557984
Rating: *****

Jeremy Nicholas -
CLASSIC FM MAGAZINE - UK

September 2006

Elgar CD Simone Lamsma and Yurie Miura

Strikingly alert and forward moving the Lamsma-Miura duo brings the sonata alive in a way bigger figures often signally fail to achieve….

Jonathan Woolf - Musicweb.uk

25 September 2006

Elgar CD
Simone Lamsma and Yurie Miura

One-time child prodigy, the award-winning violinist Simone Lamsma is working hard to establish herself on the international stage. In Naxos’s continuing Laureate Series, the young Lamsma presents her impeccable credentials in this fine début recital recording of Elgar’s music for violin and piano…..

Michael Cookson - Musicweb-International.com

September 2006

Elgar CD
Simone Lamsma and Yurie Miura

Interpretation: ****
Klangqualität: ****
Repertoirewert: ****
Booklet: ***

In den ‘Laureate Series’, mit denen das Label Naxos preisgekrönten jungen Künstlerinnen und Künstlern ein Forum zur Verfügung stellt, kann man bisweilen sehr interessante Entdeckungen machen – so auch im Falle der jungen niederländischen Geigerin Simone Lamsma,……………

Dr.Stefan Drees - Klassik.com

4 September 2006

Elgar CD
Simone Lamsma and Yurie Miura

***** 5 star review for Simone Lamsma’s debut recital disc

With her Japanese pianist, she [Simone Lamsma] brings rich tone and immense quality to Elgar’s sonata…

Michael Kennedy - Sunday Telegraph, London

9 July 2006

Elgar CD
Simone Lamsma and Yurie Miura

Launching into the Violin Sonata with tenacity that drives the music forward and bypasses the wistful introspection British ears find in every nook and cranny of his music.

NAXOS - David's Review Corner

July 2006

KZN Philharmonic Orchestra
Robert Maxym, conductor

Bruch Scottish Fantasy op.46
City Hall, Durban SA

She [Simone Lamsma] had a beautiful tone, was exceedingly brilliant, suggesting a combination of talent, hard work and lots of love for what she does.

Lindelwa Dalamba - Sunday Tribune, Durban

19 February 2006

KZN Philharmonic Orchestra
Robert Maxym, conductor

Bruch Scottish Fantasy op.46
City Hall, Durban SA

……followed by a superbly sublime performance of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy by Simone Lamsma……

Caroline Smart - Artsmart, Durban

11 February 2006

KZN Philharmonic Orchestra
Robert Maxym, conductor

Bruch Scottish Fantasy op.46
City Hall, Durban SA

……Simone Lamsma’s playing was a revelation.

 

……From this instrument she [Simone Lamsma] extracted an exquisitely pure, full tone, matched with faultless phrasing and judgement…..

Michael Green - Artsmart, Durban

10 February 2006

Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
Owain Arwel Hughes, conductor

Mozart Concerto no. 5 in A major, KV219
City Hall, Cape Town SA

Die 20-jarige Nederlandse violiste Simone Lamsma, wat ook verlede week die solis was, se vertolking van die Vioolconcerto no. 5 in A majeur, K 219, was ’n fees.

Pieter Kooij - Die Burger, Cape Town

27 January 2006

Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
Owain Arwel Hughes, conductor

Bruch Scottish Fantasy op.46
City Hall, Cape Town SA

Die baie talentvolle Lamsma het ’n imponerende vertolking van die Fantasie gelewer. Haar intonasie is uitstekend, en die toonklank wat sy uit haar instrument tower, is ryk, warm en intens.

Pieter Kooij - Die Burger, Cape Town

20 January 2006

L’Orchestre Charlemagne
Bartolomeus-Henri van de Velde, conductor

Mendelssohn Concerto in D minor
Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal, Amsterdam NL

La jeune et talentueuse violoniste Simone Lamsma a ensuite charmé le public par sa grâce et la justesse de son jeu sur le stradivarius « Habeneck » avec le concerto pour violon et orchestre en ré mineur de Félix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

CHARLEMAGNE ORCHESTRE

25 November 2005

The London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

Britten Concerto op.15
Barbican Hall, London UK

It can’t be often that the concerto is played twice in London on the same night, but although this laureates’ concert coincided with Maxim Vengerov’s performance of the work at the Proms, nobody was missing out by being at the Barbican: the young Dutch player (born 1985) displayed a genuinely winning combination of musicality and technical command.

 

Lamsma caught the sense of unease in this first major work from Britten’s period of North American exile. Searching for her way through the ruminative first movement, she showed a clear feeling for the piece, and was helped by the powerful suspense of the London Symphony Orchestra’s accompaniment under Andrew Davis. She tore into the fast central movement, and spun rapturous lines over the orchestra as the finale unfolded.

John Allison - The Times, London, UK

5 August 2004

The London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

Britten Concerto op.15
Barbican Hall, London UK

First prize went to the Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma, who opened (and closed) the Britten Concerto with a wonderfully honeyed tone, developing a more muscular, keenly articulated style for the piquant interventions later. In the Scherzo she generated a suitably demonic frenzy, with confident multiple stopping and generous tone in the finale. It was a prizewinning performance.

Barry Millington - Evening Standard, London, UK

4 August 2004

The London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

Britten Concerto op.15
Barbican Hall, London UK

She [Simone Lamsma] gave a wholly convincing account of the Britten Op.15 concerto (revised version), reaching a complete freedom in the final Passacaglia that had the large audience (many of whom would not have known the work) holding its collective breath – ‘you could hear a pin drop’! It was idiomatic and totally assured, eclipsing the disturbing, uncomfortable experience of a recent account by Vengerov with Rostropovich (their subsequent CD is well rated, and he was playing it again at the Proms this same night).

Peter Grahame Woolf - Musicalpointers.co.uk

3 August 2003