Simone Lamsma, violin
“Simone Lamsma played splendidly, with crisp clarity and brightly radiant sound, conveying both the rhapsodic fervor and intriguing pensiveness of the music.“ (The New York Times, December 2018)
Hailed for her “brilliant… polished, expressive and intense” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and “absolutely stunning” (Chicago Tribune) playing, Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma is respected by critics, peers and audiences as one of classical music’s most striking and captivating musical personalities.
With an extensive repertoire, Simone’s recent seasons have seen her perform with many of the world’s leading orchestras.
Notable recent highlights include her debut with the New York Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Antonio Pappano, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen with Paavo Järvi at the Concertgebouw, the Gürzenich Orchester under Duncan Ward, the Helsinki Philharmonic under Olari Elts, her Berlin debut with the Konzerthaus Orchester and Juraj Valcuha and return invitations to the London Symphony Orchestra with Gianandrea Noseda, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Jaap van Zweden, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal with Louis Langrèe, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Phiharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Houston Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.
Simone is Artist in Residence during the 2021/22 season with the Residentie Orkest in The Hague. This season is also the start of her three season residency wih the Oregon Symphony. In 2022/23 she will enjoy a residency at the Philharmonie in Haarlem.
In the 22/23 season, Simone will debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn and Gulbenkian Orchestra and will return to the Hessischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and tour with the NordWest Deutsche Philharmonie and music director Jonathon Heyward. She will also give the world premiere of a violin concerto by Dutch composer Mathilde Wantenaar, which will take place during the ZaterdagMatinee series at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam together with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Karina Canellakis.
Simone has performed with such major orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony, Les Siécles, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
Simone performs with such eminent conductors as Jaap van Zweden, Vladimir Jurowski, François-Xavier Roth, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Antonio Pappano, Paavo Järvi, Louis Langrée, Omer Meir-Wellber, Edward Gardner, Kent Nagano, Gustavo Gimeno, John Storgards, Sir Mark Elder, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, James Gaffigan, Robert Trevino, Jiří Bělohlávek, Stéphane Denève, Hannu Lintu, Case Scaglione, Juraj Valcuha, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Edo de Waart, Marc Albrecht, Karina Canellakis, Simone Young, Elim Chan, Fabien Gabel, Andris Poga and Mark Wigglesworth.
In 2022 Simone’s most recent recording was released to great acclaim, featuring late works by Rautavaara, including a world première, with the Malmö Symphony and Robert Trevino for the Ondine label.
Other recordings include Shostakovich’s first violin concerto and Gubaidulina’s In Tempus praesens with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic under James Gaffigan and Reinbert de Leeuw on Challenge Classics, and a recital disc of works by Mendelssohn, Janáček and Schumann CD with pianist Robert Kulek also on Challenge Classics.
In 2019, Simone was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, an honour limited to 300 former Academy students, and awarded to those musicians who have distinguished themselves within the profession.
Simone plays the “Mlynarski” Stradivarius (1718), on generous loan to her by an anonymous benefactor.
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