Guest Artist Bio
Simone Lamsma last appeared with the
Oregon Symphony on April 25, 2016, when she performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with conductor Paul Ghun Kim. Her recent seasons have seen her perform with many of the world’s leading orchestras. 2015/16 season highlights included 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 saw 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 2014/15 season featured numerous successful debuts, including the BBC Philharmonic, RTVE Madrid, RAI Turin, and festival debuts at the Blossom Festival with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Mainly Mozart Festival.
Simone made her highly anticipated debut with the Chicago Symphony in the 2013/14 season. 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 last-minute standin with the Cleveland Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski.
With an extensive repertoire of over 60 violin concertos, in recent seasons Simone has played with orchestras such 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; the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Utah Symphony in the U.S.; and with 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 OrozcoEstrada, 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 U.S. 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 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, 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 five and moved to the U.K. at age 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 First Violin Concerto, which was 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 at age 19 with first class honors and several prestigious awards. In 2011, she was made an associate of the RAM, an honor 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.