Simone Lamsma, violin

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 of over 60 Violin Concertos, Simone’s recent seasons have seen her perform with many of the world’s leading orchestras.

Notable recent highlights include performances with the Chicago Symphony, described by the Chicago Tribune as “piercingly beautiful”,  as well as the Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony, National Symphony Washington, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Les Siècles, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, BBC Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Hessischer Rundfunk, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, RTVE Symphony, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Highlights for the 17/18 and 18/19 season include debuts with the New York Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, MDR Leipzig, Basque National Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, and returns to the Warsaw Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Netherlands Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Bournemouth Symphony, RTE National Symphony, Hallé Orchestra, Quebec Symphony, Oregon Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony. In addition she will be returning to the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo.

Past seasons also marked several premières of new works by Simone, among which the world première of a violin concerto by Matijs de Roo during the ZaterdagMatinee series at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and a successful performance of the French première of Michel van der Aa’s Violin Concerto with the Orchestre National de Lyon.

Stand-out recent festival appearances include her return to the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Festival in 2015, debuts during the Enescu Festival with Les Siècles under FrançoisXavier Roth, Bravo! Vail Festival with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden, and the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, about which the San Diego Reader wrote: “She (Simone Lamsma) appeared to be engaged with Beethoven on a level we seldom encounter….. Beethoven’s music was coming through her in a pure state.”

Besides her close collaboration with Jaap van Zweden, Simone has worked many other eminent conductors including Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Neville Marriner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, James Gaffigan, Sir Andrew Davis, Mark Wigglesworth, Edward Gardner, Andrès Orozco-Estrada, Jiří Bělohlávek, Carlos Kalmar, Marc Albrecht, Stéphane Denève, Edo de Waart, Hannu Lintu, Juanjo Mena, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Lawrence Foster, Robert Trevino, Fabien Gabel, François-Xavier Roth and Omer Meir Wellber.

A dedicated chamber musician, recent recital appearances include Simone’s highly anticipated debuts in London’s Wigmore Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall in March 2017 with pianist Robert Kulek.

In 2017 Simone’s most recent recording featuring Shostakovich’s first violin concerto and Gubaidulina’s ‘In Tempus praesens’ with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic under James Gaffigan and Reinbert de Leeuw was released on Challenge Classics and received high accolades from the press, as did her previous Mendelssohn, Janáček and Schumann  CD with pianist Robert Kulek.

In addition to her many (inter)national prizes and distinctions, Simone was awarded the national Dutch VSCD Classical Music Prize in the category ‘New Generation Musicians’ in 2010, awarded by the Association of Dutch Theatres and Concert Halls to artists that have made remarkable and valuable contributions to the Dutch classical music scene.

In May 2018 Simone was invited by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima of The Netherlands to perform during their official state visit to Luxembourg. In 2011 Simone performed during the Queen’s Day Concert, in the presence of HRH Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands – a concert that was broadcast nationally on Dutch television.

Simone began studying the violin at the age of 5 and moved to the UK aged 11 to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Professor Hu Kun. At the age of 14 Simone made her professional solo debut with the North Netherlands Orchestra performing Paganini’s 1st Violin Concerto, her debut highly praised by the press. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Professor Hu Kun and Professor Maurice Hasson, where she graduated aged 19 with first class honours and several prestigious awards. In 2011, she was made an Associate of the RAM, an honour given to those students who have made significant and distinguished contributions to their field. Simone currently lives in The Netherlands.

Simone plays the “Mlynarski” Stradivarius (1718), on generous loan to her by an anonymous benefactor.

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August 2018
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