Simone Lamsma

Simone Lamsma began studying violin at the age of five. At eleven, she moved to the UK to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School before continuing studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated with first class honors. In 2011, she was made an associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Ms. Lamsma’s 2013–14 season highlights include her debuts with the Chicago Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de Belgique, Warsaw Philharmonic, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, as well as appearances with the Saint Louis Symphony and New Zealand Symphony. In addition, she embarks on a tour of China with the Hong Kong Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden. These current performances mark her San Francisco Symphony debut.

In recent seasons Ms. Lamsma’s US appearances have included engagements with the Dallas, Cincinnati, and Utah symphonies, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Internationally, she has performed with the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Lucerne Symphony, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the Seoul Philharmonic. She enjoys frequent collaborations with several orchestras in her home country, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Also active as a recitalist and in chamber music, Ms. Lamsma has performed in recital throughout Italy, the UK, the US, the Netherlands, and during the Dvořák Prague Festival and the Sala Cecilia Series in Rio de Janeiro with pianists Robert Kulek and Valentina Lisitsa. Other chamber music appearances include the Verbier Festival, where she performed with clarinetist Martin Fröst, violist Lawrence Power, pianist Denis Kozhukhin, and cellist Jakob Koranyi, and the IJ-salon in Amsterdam where she played with Emanuel Ax and members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Ms. Lamsma’s debut recital recording, featuring works by Elgar, was released on the Naxos label. Her second release, also on Naxos, features violin concertos by Louis Spohr with Sinfonia Finlandia. She was awarded the national Dutch VSCD Classical Music Prize in the category of New Generation Musicians in 2010, awarded by the Association of Dutch Theatres and Concert Halls. In 2011, Simone Lamsma was invited to perform during the Queen’s Day Concert, in the presence of the Dutch Royal Family, a concert that was broadcast nationally on Dutch television. Ms. Lamsma plays the “ex Braga” Stradivarius violin, on generous loan to her by an anonymous benefactor.

(February 2014)