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Born1991
CountryNetherlands / USA
Homepagewww.amarinswierdsma.com
Intensive weeks

Academic year 2016/2017

Violin
21. Oct - 26. Oct 2016

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Amarins Wierdsma

Amarins Wierdsma, born in 1991 to conductor Oane Wierdsma and clarinetist Nancy Braithwaite, began playing the violin at the age of two. She first studied with Coosje Wijzenbeek and Vera Beths in the Netherlands. After having completed her Master’s degree with distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she is now pursuing an Artist Diploma there. She also receives a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein, and participates in the intensive music weeks on offer there.

Amarins Wierdsma has taken part in many masterclasses including the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, the International Holland Music Sessions, London Master Classes, Keshet Eilon Music Center, and the Rencontres Musciales Internationales d’Enghien “Imuse”Imuse Enghien. Amarins has also participated in masterclasses with many musicians, including Herman Krebbers, György Pauk, Mark Lubotski, Emmy Verhey, Philippe Graffin, David Takeno, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Petru Munteanu, Patinka Kopec, Mi-Kyung Lee, Isabelle van Keulen, Gerhard Schulz, Nikolaj Znaider, Viviane Hagner, Ferenc Rados, András Keller, Pierre Amoyal, Ivry Gitlis and Anner Bijlsma.

In April 2013, Amarins was awarded the 3rd prize at the “Oskar Back” Dutch national violin competition. The jury complimented her on her strong stage presence and personality and on the temperament and spirit of her playing. Other prizes include 1st prizes during the Iordens Viooldagen, the Davina van Wely violin competition, the Princess Christina Competition and the Young Music Talent of the Year prize in the Netherlands. In October 2012, Amarins was awarded the Kersjes Scholarship, a Dutch scholarship awarded to a promising young violinist or violist every year. After winning the Westbourne Concerto Competition, Amarins gave two performances of Brahms’ violin concerto in Bournemouth, and performed concertos by Mendelssohn and Prokofiev.

Amarins is the first violinist of the London-based Barbican String Quartet. The quartet is supported by the ProQuartet Scheme in Paris and the Belcea Quartet Charitable Trust. They have taken part in IMS Prussia Cove, where they worked with Rita and Ferenc Rados. Upcoming performances include recitals at Wigmore hall, supported and organized by the Musicians Company and Maisie Lewis Trust. She is also lucky to have been invited to participate in the East Neuk Festival and Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove.

Amarins is not only very active as a chamber musician; she has also performed as soloist with orchestra, including performances of concertos by Bruch, Bach, Vivaldi, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Sibelius.

In April 2011, Amarins went on tour to the United States with pianist Didel Bish and soprano Nikki Treurniet, on the invitation of the Netherland-America Foundation. With her piano trio, Strings Attached, and in with the Barbican String Quartet, representing the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she has performed twice at the Harmos Festival in Portugal. In March 2013 she represented the International Holland Music Sessions, performing together with Victor Alsén and Ole Christian Haagenrud for Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Together with the pianist Sophiko Simsive, Amarins went on a tour to Indonesia, organized by the Dutch Erasmus Huis there. She has also been selected for the TIHMS Masters on Tour concert series, taking her to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Bratislava Concert halls in May 2017.

Amarins plays a violin on loan from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.

 

May 2017

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Born1991
CountryNetherlands / USA
Homepagewww.amarinswierdsma.com
Intensive weeks

Academic year 2016/2017

Violin
21. Oct - 26. Oct 2016

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