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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 thrilling stars. Conductor Jaap van Zweden with whom Simone enjoys a regular collaboration, describes her as one of the leading violinists in the world.

Simone's recent seasons have seen her perform with many of the world's leading orchestras. 2015/16 season highlights include debuts with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Norrköping Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Brussels Philharmonic, Quebec Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic and the Tasmanian Symphony orchestras alongside returns to the Hallé, Oregon Symphony, West Australian Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and multiple projects with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic orchestra. Autumn 2015 sees her greatly awaited release of a new recital disc with recital partner Robert Kulek on the Challenge Label. The disc features works by Mendelssohn, Janáček and Schumann.

The 14/15 season featured numerous successful debuts including the BBC Philharmonic, RTVE Madrid, RAI Turin and festival debuts at the Blossom Festival with the Cleveland Orchestra "...Lamsma's approach was delightful in every respect..." (Cleveland Classical) and the Mainly Mozart Festival of which the San Diego Reader wrote "...She appeared to be engaged with Beethoven on a level we seldom encounter... Beethoven's music was coming through her in a pure state...”

Simone made her highly anticipated debut with the Chicago Symphony in the 13/14 season, which was described by the Chicago Tribune as "piercingly beautiful". In the same season Simone made her acclaimed debuts with the San Francisco Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony as well as a "brilliant" last-minute stand-in with the Cleveland Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski. Her success in Cleveland led to her re-invitation to perform with the orchestra at the prestigious Blossom Festival. Other highlights included a successful tour of China with the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden.

With an extensive repertoire of over 60 Violin Concertos, in recent seasons Simone has played with orchestras as Europe's London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Lucerne Symphony, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hallé, National Polish Radio Symphony orchestras, Orchestre National de France and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Asia's Hong Kong Philharmonic and Seoul Philharmonic; and with the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, St Louis Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Utah Symphony in the US and South America's São Paulo Symphony, working with many eminent conductors including Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Neville Marriner, Jaap van Zweden, Jiří Bělohlávek, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, James Gaffigan, Sir Andrew Davis, Andrès Orozco-Estrada, Marek Janowski, Kirill Karabits and Yan Pascal Tortelier.

As one of the most successful Dutch soloists, Simone enjoys frequent collaborations with all major orchestras in the Netherlands, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Residentie, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic and Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

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 2011 Simone was invited to perform 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.

Also an active recitalist and chamber musician, she has performed in recital throughout Europe and the US as well as during the Sala Cecilia Series in Rio de Janeiro with Robert Kulek and Valentina Lisitsa as recital partners. Memorable chamber music projects were among others the Verbier Festival at Schloss Elmau, the IJ-salon in Amsterdam with Emmanuel Ax and members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and most recently the Chicago Winter Chamber Music Festival in Chicago, where Simone performed to great acclaim together with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and pianist Alessio Bax.

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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September 2015
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