Marc Daniel van Biemen, 1st violin

in conversation with Dominic Seldis

Marc Daniel van Biemen has won 2nd prize at the Oskar Back Violin Competition, a special prize at the Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition and was the recipient of the 2014 'Prix de Salon'. He has played solo with orchestras such as the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Limburg Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden, The Hague Youth Orchestra and Royal Conservatory Orchestra of The Hague.

At age 24, Marc Daniel joined the first violin section of the Concertgebouworkest after completing the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He has served as guest concertmaster of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia in Carnegie Hall under Krzysztof Penderecki and the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

He has collaborated with artists such as Leonidas Kavakos, Janine Jansen, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Murray Perahia, Leif Ove Andsnes, Torleif Thedéen, Colin Carr, Ilya Gringolts, Alexander Kerr, Maxim Rysanov, Rainer Moog, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Julien Quentin, Andreas Ottensammer, Henrik Schwarz and Hauschka. He is the concertmaster of Camerata Concertgebouworkest as well as the first violinist of the Alma Quartet.

Marc Daniel received his first musical lessons from his father Wybo van Biemen. He then continued studying privately with Jaap van Zweden and Herman Krebbers. In 2005 he went to study with Sidney Harth at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and in 2007 he was accepted at the Yale School of Music where he received his Certificate in Performance with Syoko Aki.

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