From 20 February Simone will embark on a 3-week tour to Hong Kong and China. Coming week she will collaborate with the Baptist University Symphony Orchestra, culminating in a gala concert on 23 February at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. After that, Simone be the soloist on the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s tour to China. She will perform Beethoven Violin Concerto with Jaap van Zweden in Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen and Guangzhou.
Great success in Manchester with the Hallé Orchestra January 2014
Simone’s performances of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Hallé Orchestra under Nikolaj Znaider were received with great enthusiasm by the Bridgewater Hall audience and critics. Some quotes:
“Mature and Persuasive Playing from Simone Lamsma” (Michael Cookson – Seen and Heard International)
“Rising star is simply sensational” (Marina Berry – Oldham Chronicle)
To read full reviews please see the ‘reviews’ page.
China tour with Hong Kong Philharmonic
In March 2014 Simone will be embarking on a tour of China with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under their chief conductor Jaap van Zweden. She’ll be performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen and Guangzhou.
Concert date change
Please note that Simone’s concert in De Toonzaal in Den Bosch, originally scheduled on 13 March 2014, has been rescheduled for the date of 27 March 2013 at 20.30. During this recital, Simone will perform all 6 Sonatas for violin solo by Ysaÿe. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Opening concerts of the 13/14 season with Rotterdam Philharmonic September 2013
Coming week on 27, 28 and 29 September 2013 Simone will be returning to the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Martinu’s Second Violin Concerto under Jiří Bělohlávek.
Concerts will take place in de Doelen Rotterdam (27 and 29 September) and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (26 September). The concert in Amsterdam is part of the ‘ZaterdagMatinee’ concert series, where Simone is a frequent soloist, returning for the 5th time. This concert will be broadcast live on Saturday 26 September at 14.15 via the following link:
For full concert details please see the ‘Concerts’ page.
Short notice concert with BBC Symphony in London 16 April 2013
On 19 April 2013 Simone will perform Beethoven Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins on only a few days notice, replacing the originally scheduled soloist. The concert will take place at 19.30 (UK time) at the Barbican in London and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Vienna debut March 2013
On 16 March 2013 Simone made her stunning debut at the Konzerthaus in Vienna. She performed Korngold’s Violin Concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden.
Korngold radio broadcast March 2013
On 13 March from 19.00 Simone’s live performance of the Korngold violin concerto with Edo de Waart and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic will be broadcast on Belgian classical radio station Klara. The concert took place on 22 February in Gent.
Simone’s live performance of Szymanowksi’s First Violin Concerto together with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Leif Segerstam from 10 January 2013 is now available to watch and listen back online via the following link:
Simone will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner at less than 24 hours notice!
Thursday 13 December 20.15 Netherlands, Utrecht, Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn
Saturday 15 December 20.15 Netherlands, Eindhoven, Muziekcentrum Frits Philips
Verbier Festival @ Schloss Elmau November 2012
This week Simone will be performing at the Verbier Festival at Schloss Elmau, collaborating with some wonderful artists during 3 chamber music concerts. Concerts are on 26, 28 and 30 November, with works by Mozart, Glinka, Mendelssohn and Dvořák.
Watch back Simone’s stunning performance of Chausson’s Poème with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Fabien Gabel at the Royal Academy of Arts in London (1 September 2012)!
Watch the video (For the Chausson please scroll to 28.40) The video will be available for another 14 days via the Guardian website
Simone Lamsma, James Gaffigan and the RFO in Amsterdam! July 2012
On Friday 6 July 2012 Simone will perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor James Gaffigan at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The concert will be broadcast live on Dutch classical music station Radio 4 and is part of the ‘Robeco Zomerconcerten 2012’.
Update May 2012
The heading ‘recordings’ on this website has been updated with Simone’s live performances of Mendelssohn’s violin concerto (2011), as well as a solo performance of Ysaÿe’s Sonata No.3 (2012), and a 40-minute documentary on Simone’s musical life (2010). Enjoy!
Last minute concerts with West Australian Symphony Orchestra 19 March 2012
Coming week Simone will make her Australian debut performing the Mendelssohn Concerto in E minor with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra under Oleg Caetani, replacing the originally scheduled soloist. Performances will take place on 23 and 24 March 2012 at 7.30 at Perth Concert Hall.
Vrije Geluiden 28 February 2012
On Sunday 4 March 2012 Simone will appear on the Dutch TV programme ‘Vrije Geluiden’. She will be performing works by Bach and Ysaÿe and will talk about her musical life with presenter Melchior Huurdeman.
Broadcast details: 4 March 2012, 10.30, Nederland 1 10 March 2012, 9.00, Nederland 1 (repeat)
Debut with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra January 2012
On Thursday 12, Friday 13 and Saturday 14 January 2012 Simone will make her debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Cornelius Meister at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She will perform Walton’s Violin Concerto, which will be a Concertgebouw Orchestra premiere. For concert details please see the ‘Concerts’ page.
Feature on Dutch Classical Music Station Radio 4 January 2012
The concert on 22 October 2011 (given during the ‘ZaterdagMatinee’ concert series at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam) in which Simone gave the Dutch premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Second Violin Concerto ‘In Tempus Praesens’ with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under Reinbert de Leeuw, has been chosen by the public as best concert of 2011 in the category ‘Contemporary Music’.
This page also mentions the winners in the other 4 categories.
Message from Simone
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year!
This message is also to thank you so so much for all the kind messages I received over the past year, I greatly appreciate you taking the time to write to me.
Looking forward to a great 2012 full of music!
Charity concert for Papageno Foundation December 2011
On 22 December Simone will perform during a special event for the Papageno Foundation, a Foundation set up by Aaltje and Jaap van Zweden which helps children with autism through specially developed programmes and therapies full of music.
The concert, of which all proceeds will go to the Papageno Foundation, is the launch of the broadening of the Foundation’s work in Friesland, in the north of the Netherlands, and will take place in ‘De Lawei’ in Drachten. As part of the concert with the Frisian Youth Orchestra, Simone will perform the first movement of Mozart’s 4th Violin Concerto under conductor Jaap van Zweden.
Simone Lamsma gives Dutch premiere of Gubaidulina’s ‘In tempus praesens’ in the presence of Sofia Gubaidulina at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam October 2011
On Saturday 22 October Simone Lamsma gave, in the presence of the composer, the Dutch premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Second Violin Concerto ‘In tempus praesens’ with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under Reinbert de Leeuw. The concert took place during the prestigious ‘ZaterdagMatinee’ concert series at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and was part of a festival to celebrate Sofia Gubaidulina’s 80th birthday.
Simone had the honour of meeting and collaborating with Sofia Gubaidulina on the work, the composer attending both rehearsal and concert.
Sofia Gubaidulina’s ‘In tempus praesens’ was received with enormous enthusiasm from the audience.
On 13 October 2011 Simone will make her Paris concerto debut with the Orchestre National de France under the baton of Maestro Jaap van Zweden, performing Bernstein’s Serenade at the Théâtre du Châtelet. The concert will start at 20.00 and will be broadcast live, to listen please click here.
Short notice concerts with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra 5 September 2011
On September 16 and 17 Simone Lamsma will be giving 3 performances of Magnus Lindberg’s Violin Concerto with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra under conductor Dima Slobodeniouk, replacing the originally scheduled soloist Pekka Kuusisto.
The concerts will take place in the Ordway Center in Saint Paul, US, as follows: September 16, 2011 – 10:30 AM September 16, 2011 – 08:00 PM September 17, 2011 – 08:00 PM
Simone Lamsma becomes Associate of the Royal Academy of Music May 2011
Simone Lamsma has been appointed Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and was awarded with an ARAM certificate on Monday 9 May 2011 during a special celebration. This honour is offered to past students of the Academy who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and made a significant contribution to their particular field.
Concert for HMH Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Queens Day Concert 2011 12 April 2011
Simone has been invited to perform during this year’s Queens Day Concert at Palace Noordeinde in The Hague. Jaap van Zweden will conduct the Radio Chamber Orchestra with Simone Lamsma as a soloist. On the programme are two works: the famous Violin Concerto in E minor by Felix Mendelssohn Bartoldy and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella.
The concert will take place in the presence of HMH Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, and will be broadcast on national Dutch Television on Queens Day 30 April 2011.
‘Golden Violin’ prize for Simone Lamsma 20 January 2011
On 27 January 2011, Simone will be awarded with the ‘Golden Violin’ Prize, a triennal prize given to a classical artist who has made outstanding contributions to the classical music scene of the Northern Netherlands. The prize will be officially awarded during a concert with the Northern Dutch Orchestra in Groningen, Netherlands, where Simone will be performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. To read the press release (in Dutch) please clickhere.
Like last Saturday evening in Groningen, the IJ-salon concert for next Saturday in Amsterdam will include works by Locatelli, Feldman and Spohr. Special guest Emanuel Ax will join in to play Dvořák’s Quintet with Simone and members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Last Saturday, during a concert in the Oosterpoort in Groningen (Netherlands), Simone was awarded with the national Dutch VSCD Classical Music Prize in the category ‘New Generation Musicians’. The prize is awarded by Association of Dutch Theaters and Concert Halls to artists who have made remarkable and valuable contributions to the Dutch classical music scene.
Simone Lamsma wint VSCD Klassieke Muziekprijs 11 December 2010
Simone Lamsma heeft afgelopen zaterdagavond de VSCD Klassieke Muziekprijs 2010 in ontvangst mogen nemen. De violiste werd tijdens een optreden in de Oosterpoort in Groningen verrast met de prijs in de categorie ‘Nieuwe generatie musici’.
Radio 4 Prize concert for Jaap van Zweden November 2010
On 28 November 2010 Jaap van Zweden will receive the prestigious Dutch Radio 4 Prize during a special concert at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in Amsterdam. In this concert Simone will perform the sonata for violin and piano by Richard Strauss with pianist Robert Kulek. The concert will be broadcast live on Radio 4, and will also be webcast live via the website of Radio 4. To listen and/or watch live, please click here.
BBC Radio 3 Broadcast Elgar Violin Concerto 22 November 2010
Simone’s hugely successful performance of the Elgar Violin Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under David Hill, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 tonight at 7pm (UK time). To listen please click here.
Concerts Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra November 2010
On 19 and 21 November 2010 Simone will perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Juraj Valcuha. The concert on Sunday 21 November will be broadcast live on Dutch Classical Radio Station ‘Radio 4’. To listen please click here.
Elgar Violin Concerto November 2010
Exactly 100 years since the premiere of the work on 10 November 1910, given by Fritz Kreisler, Simone will perform the Elgar Violin Concerto in a special concert with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under David Hill at the Light House in Poole, UK.
The concert will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 for broadcast at a later date.
ZaterdagMatinee radio broadcast September 2010
On 11 September 2010 Simone will be performing Szymanowki’s First Violin Concerto with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Leif Segerstam in the prestigious concert series the ‘ZaterdagMatinee’ at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
The concert starts at 14.15 (Dutch time) and will be broadcast live on Dutch Classical Radio Station ‘Radio 4’. To listen please click here.
Short notice concert in Auditorium of Tenerife June 2010
On 11 June Simone Lamsma performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra under Lan Shui in Santa Cruz, Tenerife. She was invited by the orchestra just 2 days before the concert date to replace the originally scheduled soloist.
Simone Lamsma replaces Vadim Repin April 2010
On 18 April Simone Lamsma gave her Brazilian recital debut with pianist Valentina Lisitsa at very short notice, replacing Vadim Repin and Itamar Golan, who were the originally scheduled artists. The recital took place in the prestigious Sala Cecilia Mereiles in Rio de Janeiro, and received an overwhelming response from the audience.
In 2011 Simone will be returning to Brazil to perform in São Paulo with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra under Yan Pascal Tortelier.
Documentary April 2010
On Sunday 18 April 2010 at 13.00 a 40-minute documentary about Simone Lamsma will be broadcast on Dutch National television station Nederland 2. The documentary includes footage of rehearsals and concerts with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden, a visit to London, and interviews with Simone and others. The documentary was made by the NPS and will be broadcasted in the programme NPS Podium.
Further to the broadcast of the documentary, NPS Television will repeat the broadcast of last 7 December 2009, in which Simone Lamsma performs Shostakovich Concerto no. 1 with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under maestro Jaap van Zweden. This broadcast will take place on Monday evening 19 April 2010 on Dutch National television station Nederland 2 at 23.30.
Britten Violin Concerto broadcast March 2010
After a hugely successful month of concerts with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic under Paul Watkins and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden performing Britten’s Violin Concerto, Simone Lamsma will now bring this stunning concerto to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, performing with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest under Jaap van Zweden during the Matinee series on Saturday 6 March.
This concert will be broadcast live on Dutch classical music station Radio 4 on 6 March from 13.00 (Dutch time) and will be repeated on Tuesday 9 March at 20.02 (Dutch time).
To listen to the live performance on 6 and 9 March, please click here
Photos February 2010
New publicity photos of Simone Lamsma are now available and can be downloaded in high resolution on the website of IMG Artists.
For additional photographs/material, you can also contact
The new photos will soon be posted on this website’s gallery.
TV Broadcast November 2009
In October Simone Lamsma performed Shostakovich First Violin Concerto with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest under Jaap van Zweden, to great critical acclaim. This concert was part of the ‘Vrijdag van Vredenburg’ concert series in Utrecht, Netherlands.
The performance was recorded by Dutch national television for broadcast on7 December at 23.40 (Dutch time) in the programme NPS Podium on Nederland 2.
On Sunday 8 November at 14.00 (Dutch time), the concert given last Friday (6 November) with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin will be broadcast on Dutch Classical Music Station ‘Radio 4’. This concert was the opening of the Dutch Classical Music Week 2009.
On Friday 30 October (at 20.15 Dutch time) and Sunday 1 November (at 11.00 Dutch time) Simone Lamsma will be performing Shostakovich Violin Concerto no.1 with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden. Both concerts will be broadcast live on Dutch Classical Radio Station ‘Radio 4’.
To listen to the concerts live online please click here.
Simone Lamsma in De Wereld Draait Door 13 oktober 2009
In de aflevering van dinsdag 13 oktober is Simone Lamsma gast in het TV programma ‘De Wereld Draait Door’. De uitzending begint om 19.30 uur op Nederland 3.
Sinds mijn optreden tijdens de uitzending van VPRO’s Zomergasten met Jaap van Zweden, mocht ik van u heel veel warme reacties ontvangen. Omdat het helaas niet mogelijk voor mij is om iedereen persoonlijk te bedanken, doe ik dat graag via deze weg, en wil ik u graag heel hartelijk bedanken voor al uw hartverwarmende reacties en belangstelling!
Since my performance during the Dutch television programme VPRO’s Zomergasten with Jaap van Zweden, I was touched to receive so many warm messages from you. As unfortunately I am unable to thank everyone personally, I would like to use this message to thank all of you so much for the kind words you have written to me and for all your support, it has been heart-warming!
In de laatste aflevering van Zomergasten van dit seizoen trad Simone Lamsma, op verzoek van zomergast Jaap van Zweden, live op met de Finale uit de 4e solosonate van E.Ysaÿe. De uitzending zal worden herhaald op zaterdag 5 september 2009 om 13.08 uur op Nederland 2.
On 27 June 2009 Simone will replace the scheduled soloist in a performance of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole with the Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg in Germany under conductor Dietger Holm. The concert is part of the Heidelberger Schlossfestspiele.
For full concert details please see the concerts page.
Simone Lamsma signs with IMG Artists May 2009
Simone Lamsma has joined IMG Artists for worldwide representation. For contact details, please see the contact page.
Interview in De Gooi-en Eemlander Donderdag 16 oktober 2008
Door Els Boer
“Kunst aan de Dijk opent seizoen met publiekstrekker Simone Lamsma”
“KLIK MET JAAP VAN ZWEDEN”
Kortenhoef – “Ze is een echte blonde Hollandse van slechts 23 jaar en dochter van het Friese platteland. Haar website is in het Engels en ze heeft, zo jong als ze is, al een aantal van de grote concertzalen van deze wereld van binnen gezien. Je mag dus stellen dat zij internationaal doorgebroken is. Jaap van Zweden noemt Simone Lamsma ‘een vioolbeul’ en een ‘fenomenaal violiste’.”
Simone Lamsma in K-rûte 9 oktober 2008
Omrop Fryslân TV volgde Simone Lamsma in september tijdens enkele concerten en maakte hierover een portret. Dit zal worden uitgezonden op 9 oktober a.s. om 19.20 uur, 21.20 uur en 23.20 uur in het programma K-rûte, het kunst-en cultuurprogramma van Omrop Fryslân.
“In portret fan ferneamd topfioeliste Simone Lamsma fan Burgum”
"Op fiifjierrige leeftyd pakte Simone Lamsma (1985) de fioele foar it earst op, om him dernei nea mear los te litten. Hjoedtedei is Lamsma ien fan de grutste talinten yn’e wrâld fan de fiolisten. K-rûte socht dit talint, dat berne is yn Ljouwert, op en folge har tidens inkele konserten. It portret makke troch Karst Spinder jout in byld fan it deistich libben fan dizze bysûndere fioliste."
K-rûte, tongersdei 9 oktober om 19:20, 21:20 en 23:20 oere.
Concert Festival Classique on Radio 4 Saturday 14 June 2008 – 13.00
Simone Lamsma’s recital during Festival Classique on 14 June will be broadcast and webcast live by Dutch Classical Radio Station 'Radio 4' (AVRO). She will be performing works by Stravinsky, Ysaÿe and Saint-Saëns with pianist Hannes Minnaar.
Simone Lamsma bij OPIUM (Radio 1) en Cultura TV, zondag 2 maart tussen 19.00 en 20.00 uur
Violiste Simone Lamsma is op zondag 2 maart te gast in OPIUM, het cultuurprogramma van de AVRO op Radio 1. Presentator Hans Smit zal haar interviewen, o.a. over het op stapel staande concert met Het Gelders Orkest 'Traditie als inspiratiebron'. Het interview wordt tevens uitgezonden op het digitale televisiekanaal Cultura op maandagavond om 20.30 uur en is daarna na te kijken via www.cultura.nl.
Broadcast of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis October 2007
WFYI TV 20 set to broadcast "Good as Gold: The 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis"
Indianapolis' local public television station, WFYI TV 20, will present the documentary of the Seventh Quadrennial Competition on October 4 at 9:00 PM ET. Produced by Todd Gould, WFYI camera teams captured every minute of the Competition last September. The 90-minute documentary highlights competition performances and gives an in-depth look into the lives of five of the participants, including Gold Medalist Augustin Hadelich.
"Fierce competition. Amazing drama. Strength of character. Sound like something you’d witness at a sports arena, the Olympics perhaps? No, this is the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Every four years, the focus of the violin world turns to the Circle City, drawing young, vibrant musicians to one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind."
Tune in Thursday, October 4 at 9 pm ET Repeats Saturday, October 6 at 4 pm ET
Every four years, Indianapolis becomes the center of the violin world as young violinists from all over the world come to the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind. This locally-produced documentary follows the 17 days of the 2006 competition, and introduces viewers to the six finalists who dueled to become the Gold Medal Laureate of this renowned competition.
The Strad features Simone Lamsma in their 'Launch Pad' August 2006
Tim Homfray, The Strad
Release of Simone’s debut recital disc for NAXOS 03 July 2006
"Simone Lamsma, First Prize Winner of the China International Violin Competition 2005, Benjamin Britten International Violin Competition 2004, and the Dutch National Violin Competition 2003. She gives a stunning Elgar recital featuring the unashamedly romantic yet deeply serious Violin Sonata, with a selection of delightful miniatures."
Simone Lamsma wins 1st Prize China International Violin Competition 2005
Winners awarded in the International Violin Competition September 2005, Qingdao, China
“The top six winners of International Violin Competition (Qingdao) were announced and awarded in Qingdao Great Hall of People this Wednesday after three rounds of fierce competition. The Netherlands girl, Hilde Simone Lamsma, from Royal Academy of Music, UK won the first prize. The competition witnesses great progress in the level of violin playing in China. Chinese girl Wang Zhiling from Shang Conservatory of Music took the second place. Half of the top 6 winners are Chinese contestants.
The competition is sponsored by Chinese Ministry of Culture and assisted by the Qingdao government. Contestants from more than 20 countries attend the competition. Judges consist of worldwide well-known violin players and educators.”
Editor: Joey Constructed by Chinadaily.com.cn
1st Prize China International Violin Competition 2005