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Simone Lamsma


About this Artist

“Simone Lamsma played splendidly, with crisp clarity and brightly radiant sound, conveying both the rhapsodic fervor and intriguing pensiveness of the music.“ (The New York Times, December 2018)

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, Simone’s recent seasons have seen her perform with many of the world’s leading orchestras.

Notable recent highlights include her debut with the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony under Jaap van Zweden, her return to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in both season opening gala concerts as well as subscription concerts, and tours with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.

Other recent return engagements included the Cleveland Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, City of Birmingham Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Significant debuts included the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Hessischer Rundfunk Orchester, Finnish Radio Symphony, Les Siécles, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Future engagements include debuts with LA Philharmonic, Gürzenich Orchester, Helsinki Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and return invitations to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, MDR Sinfonie orchester Leipzig, Cincinnati Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Houston Symphony, Hallé, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

Simone is currently Artist in Residence with 2 orchestras, she has started a 3 season residency with the Oregon Symphony and is in her season residency with the Residentie Orkest.

Other notable events in 2022 include world premieres of a work for violin solo by Thomas Larcher, as well as a new violin concerto written for Simone by Mathilde Wantenaar, which will take place during the ZaterdagMatinee series at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam together with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Karina Canekllakis.
2022 will also be marking a new CD release of works by Rautavaara with the Malmö Symphony and Robert Trevino for the Ondine label.

Besides her close collaboration with Jaap van Zweden, Simone has worked with many other eminent conductors including Vladimir Jurowski, François-Xavier Roth, Omer Meir-Wellber, Edward Gardner, Mark Wigglesworth, Kent Nagano, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Mark Elder, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, James Gaffigan, Sir Andrew Davis, Robert Trevino, Andrès Orozco-Estrada, Jiří Bělohlávek, Carlos Kalmar, Stéphane Denève, Hannu Lintu, Case Scaglione, Olari Elts, Karina Canellakis, Simone Young, Elim Chan, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Fabien Gabel, and Andris Poga.

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

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