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Elise
Besemer

second violin

Elise Besemer took up the violin at the age of five. As part of the Young Talent Department at the Rotterdam Codarts Conservatory, she studied with Hélène van Leeuwen and, from the age of twelve, with Coosje Wijzenbeek. Besemer completed a bachelor’s degree with Jaring Walta at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague in 2018 with the highest honours. She is currently continuing her studies there with Jaring Walta and Tjeerd Top, and has participated in masterclasses with Stephan Picard, Alexander Pavlovsky, Liza Ferschtman and Margreet Honig.

Besemer was a finalist in the 2016 Oskar Back Dutch Violin Competition. She previously won first prize at the 2011 Davina van Wely Violin Festival, the competition of the Foundation for Young Musical Talent in the Netherlands (in 2006 and 2007), and the jury and audience prizes at the 2006 Gergiev Festival. She was nominated for the GrachtenfestivalPrijs in 2017.

Besemer has given solo performances of works including Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire at a number of major venues.

She was a member of the Academy of the Concertgebouworkest in the 2016–17 season, after which she frequently performed as a substitute with the orchestra. She joined the second violin section of the Concertgebouworkest in 2019.

Besemer is also an active chamber musician, performing regularly with pianist Laurens de Man. When asked to give a number of chamber music concerts in 2015, she approached several of her musical friends. The successful series that ensued resulted in a musical collaborative partnership involving various combinations of instruments, including a string quintet and a string sextet in which she often performs as first violinist.

Besemer plays a violin built by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume in Paris in 1886 which is on loan to her from the Dutch National Musical Instruments Fund.

Elise Besemer took up the violin at the age of five. As part of the Young Talent Department at the Rotterdam Codarts Conservatory, she studied with Hélène van Leeuwen and, from the age of twelve, with Coosje Wijzenbeek. Besemer completed a bachelor’s degree with Jaring Walta at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague in 2018 with the highest honours. She is currently continuing her studies there with Jaring Walta and Tjeerd Top, and has participated in masterclasses with Stephan Picard, Alexander Pavlovsky, Liza Ferschtman and Margreet Honig.

Besemer was a finalist in the 2016 Oskar Back Dutch Violin Competition. She previously won first prize at the 2011 Davina van Wely Violin Festival, the competition of the Foundation for Young Musical Talent in the Netherlands (in 2006 and 2007), and the jury and audience prizes at the 2006 Gergiev Festival. She was nominated for the GrachtenfestivalPrijs in 2017.

Besemer has given solo performances of works including Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with the orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire at a number of major venues.

She was a member of the Academy of the Concertgebouworkest in the 2016–17 season, after which she frequently performed as a substitute with the orchestra. She joined the second violin section of the Concertgebouworkest in 2019.

Besemer is also an active chamber musician, performing regularly with pianist Laurens de Man. When asked to give a number of chamber music concerts in 2015, she approached several of her musical friends. The successful series that ensued resulted in a musical collaborative partnership involving various combinations of instruments, including a string quintet and a string sextet in which she often performs as first violinist.

Besemer plays a violin built by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume in Paris in 1886 which is on loan to her from the Dutch National Musical Instruments Fund.