Simone Lamsma stuns audiences and critics in New York Philharmonic debut

New York Times : “…..brilliant debut…..”

New Criterion: “…..I have never heard the piece better represented…..”
“…..Lamsma is obviously a higher kind of professional…..” : ”….. It was clear that the piece had become a part of her, and that with her playing, she was sharing her own heart through the music…..”

Classical Source: “…..stunning…..”

Oberon’s Grove : “… of the most exciting concerts in recent memory…..”
“…..Hopefully, the Maestro has had a contract drawn up to bring Ms. Lamsma back…season after season…..”

Bachtrack:…..Lamsma is not a household name here in America but her deep sense of commitment…..may well make her one…..”

To read the full reviews please visit the Press page

New York Times review

By Anthony Tommasini
Photo by Chris Lee @chrisleephotonyc

New York Philharmonic
Jaap van Zweden

“Simone Lamsma made a brilliant Philharmonic debut in Britten’s Violin Concerto.”

“…..Ms. Lamsma, played splendidly, with crisp clarity and brightly radiant sound, conveying both the rhapsodic fervor and intriguing pensiveness of the music.”

Full review

New York Philharmonic debut

This month marks Simone Lamsma’s debut with the New York Philharmonic, performing with Maestro Jaap van Zweden, with whom she enjoys a close collaboration.

After succesful performances together of Britten’s Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Phlharmonic among others, they will re-unite to perform this work in New York.

Concerts take place at the David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center on 28, 29 November and 4 December.
For more details please see the official press release of the New York Philharmonic:

Official press release New York Philharmonic

RadiRo Festival with MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig and Robert Trevino

After their successful collaboration together at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Simone Lamsma will return to the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig and Robert Trevino on tour in Bucharest, where they will perform Bruch’s First Violin Concerto during the prestigious RadiRo Festival on 19 November 2018.

New video: C.Saint-Saëns –
Violin Concerto no.3
in B minor op.61

Les Siècles
François–Xavier Roth, conductor
Simone Lamsma, violin

Enescu Festival
Atheneum, Bucharest – 19 September 2017

C.Saint-Saëns –
Violin Concerto no.3 in B minor op.61
Encore: E.Ysaÿe –
Sonata no.3 op.27 ‘Ballade’

With thanks to:
the Enescu Festival and TVR
© Enescu Festival

Simone Lamsma to perform during His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima’s state visit to Luxembourg.

Simone Lamsma has been invited to join His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima on their state visit to Luxembourg from 23-25 May 2018.

In return for the hospitality of Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Duchess of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg she will give a concert at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg, together with members of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

More information in English and Dutch

Happy New Year

It has been a privilege and pleasure to share music with so many fantastic colleagues and wonderful audiences all over the world!
Thank you all so so much and I look forward to another year of exciting projects!

I wish you all a lot of happiness, health, music and peace in 2018!



Fanfare Magazine Want List 2017

Simone Lamsma’s disc of Concertos by Shostakovich and Gubaidulina with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic under James Gaffigan and Reinbert de Leeuw, has been included in 2017’s Want List by Robert Maxham of Fanfare Magazine.

“A reading by Simone Lamsma of Shostakovich’ First Concerto that should set a standard for the next several generations in the way David Oistrakh’s did for the last several.”

(This article originally appeared in Issue 41:2 (Nov/Dec 2017) of Fanfare Magazine)

Interview on

Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma is hailed for her “brilliant… polished, expressive and intense” playing. Notable recent highlights include her debut with the Chicago Symphony, described by the Chicago Tribune as “piercingly beautiful”. Primephonic had the chance to talk to her about inspiration, finding a good life-work balance and overwhelmingly positive audience responses across the world.

Read the full article on

Enescu Festival debut

Simone looks forward to another season of debuts and returns to wonderful orchestras and venues around the world.
Her first performance of the season marks her debut during Romania’s prestigious Enescu Festival, where she will perform Saint-Saëns 3rd Violin Concerto with Les Siècles under Maestro François-Xavier Roth on 19 September 2017, at the stunning Athenaeum in Bucharest.

Summer 2017 Festival appearances

Coming months Simone will be performing during various summer festivals in Europe and the US, starting with her debut at the prestigious Bravo! Vail Music Festival on 30 June with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Jaap van Zweden.
Further concert dates and details can be found under the ‘Concerts’ page.

Critical acclaim for Shostakovich – Gubaidulina album

Review hr-audio – Adrian Quanjer
“…..The star of Simone Lamsma has risen with such a remarkable speed that she, only 32 years young, now firmly ranks amongst the top echelon of violinists of our time. This recording proves it beyond any shade of doubt…..”
“…..This is a deeply moving account which has to be heard to be believed…..”
“…..Phenomenal….” (Gubaidulina)


Review Volkskrant – Frits van der Waa


Review Opus Klassiek – Siebe Riedstra
“…..Ik sluit me van harte aan bij Jaap van Zweden, die ik Simone Lamsma de grootste violiste van nu heb horen noemen…..”

The CD will be be released in the US on 5 May 2017

World première at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam

On Saturday 8 April 2017 Simone Lamsma will give the world première of a new violin concerto ‘And the Centuries Surround Me with Fire’ by Matijs de Roo, commissioned by the ‘ZaterdagMatinee’, and written for Simone Lamsma.

The premiére will take place at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the read more…