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Simone Lamsma to replace Janine Jansen on Opening Night

12 September 2019

On the Concertgebouworkest’s Opening Night on Friday, 13 September, violinist Simone Lamsma will be standing in for Janine Jansen, who has expressed her regret at having to cancel. Illness makes it impossible for her to travel.

Violinist Simone Lamsma (photo: Otto van den Toorn)
Violinist Simone Lamsma (photo: Otto van den Toorn)

The leading Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma will be taking over the programme, conducted by Elim Chan, unchanged. She will appear as soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, followed by the same composer’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and excerpts from his ballet Swan Lake. Lamsma performed the William Walton Violin Concerto with the Concertgebouworkest under the direction of Cornelius Meister in 2012, and will also be appearing as soloist in the Britten Violin Concerto with the orchestra under the baton of Jaap van Zweden on Friday, 10 January 2020. 

Lamsma started playing the violin at the age of five and moved to the UK at the age of eleven to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Hu Kun. She went on to continue her training at the Royal Academy of Music with Hu Kun and Maurice Hasson.

After winning the 2003 Oskar Back National Violin Competition and the 2004 Benjamin Britten International Violin Competition, she is now in high demand as a violinist.

Her repertoire includes over sixty concertos, including a number of contemporary works, such as Matijs de Roo’s concerto And the centuries surround me with fire…, written especially for her.

Lamsma has given solo performances with orchestras all over the world, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. She made her New York Philharmonic debut under the direction of Jaap van Zweden in November 2018. In addition to collaborating regularly with Jaap van Zweden, Lamsma has worked with many other leading conductors, including Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Neville Marriner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

A dedicated chamber musician, she has given recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall with pianist Robert Kulek.