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Simone Lamsma

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 striking and captivating musical personalities.

With an extensive repertoire, Lamsma has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Gürzenich Orchester, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, Seoul Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, with such eminent conductors as Jaap van Zweden, Antonio Pappano, Gianandrea Noseda, Paavo Järvi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Jurowski, François-Xavier Roth, Gustavo Gimeno, Louis Langrée, Karina Canellakis, Simone Young, Elim Chan, Duncan Ward, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Omer Meir-Wellber, Edward Gardner, Michael Francis, Kent Nagano, John Storgårds, Sir Mark Elder, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, James Gaffigan, Robert Trevino, Stéphane Denève, Hannu Lintu, Case Scaglione, Juraj Valčuha, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Edo de Waart, Marc Albrecht, Fabien Gabel, Andris Poga and Mark Wigglesworth.

In the 2022–23 season, Lamsma debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, and Gulbenkian Orchestra, and she returns to the Hessischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester, MDR Sinfonieorchester, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and she tours with the NordWest Deutsche Philharmonie and music director Jonathon Heyward. She also gives the world premiere of a violin concerto by Dutch composer Mathilde Wantenaar as part of the ZaterdagMatinee series at the Concertgebouw with the Netherdlands Radio Philharmonic and Karina Canellakis.

Lamsma’s most recent recording was released in the spring of 2022 to great acclaim and featured late works by Rautavaara, including a world premiere, with the Malmö Symphony and Robert Trevino (Ondine). Other recordings include Shostakovich’s first violin concerto and Gubaidulina’s In Tempus Praesens with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic under James Gaffigan and Reinbert de Leeuw, and a recital album of works by Mendelssohn, Janáček and Schumann with pianist Robert Kulek, both on Challenge Classics.

In 2019, Lamsma was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London, an honor limited to 300 former Academy students and awarded to musicians who have distinguished themselves within the profession.

Lamsma plays the “Mlynarski” Stradivarius (1718), on generous loan to her by an anonymous benefactor.