Amarins Wierdsma

Born in 1991 to conductor Oane Wierdsma and clarinettist Nancy Braithwaite, Amarins Wierdsma began playing the violin at the age of two. From 1996 to 2009 she studied with the renowned violin pedagogue Coosje Wijzenbeek, and from 2009 to 2013 she studied with Vera Beths at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where she received her Bachelor’s degree, and was awarded the mark ‘Cum Laude’. In her first year at the conservatory, Amarins starred in the documentary Lost in Music by Jaap van Eyck, representing the classical department of the school. In 2013, Amarins began studying at the Guildhall School of Music with David Takeno.

Amarins has taken part in courses including: International Music Seminar Prussia Cove, The International Holland Music Sessions, London Masterclasses, Stringtime, Niederrhein, Academy Lausanne, Kloster Schöntal, Keshet Eilon, The Orlando Festival, Masterclasses Apeldoorn.

First prizes were awarded to her during the Iordens Viooldagen and the Davina van Wely violin competition. In 2007 she was named Young Music Talent of the Year for the Netherlands. She won third prize in the 2009 National Final of the Princess Christina Concours and in 2013, Amarins was awarded the third prize at the Dutch national violin competition, Oskar Back. The jury complimented her on her large stage presence and personality and on her interesting playing, full of temperament and spirit.

In 2012, she was awarded the Kersjes Scholarship, which she sees as a great honour and a wonderful financial support for her future career.

Amarins is the first violinist of both Vista Quartet and Engadin Quartet, with which she has performed at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the International Chamber Music Festival. Amarins is not only very active as a chamber musician, she has also performed as concerto soloist performing pieces by Bruch, Bach, Brahms, Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Tartini and Schnittke. As a chamber musician, Amarins has worked with many musicians such as Elisabeth Perry, Prunella Pacey, Nancy Braithwaite, Monique Bartels, Quirine Scheffers, Matthew Jones, Bartosz Woroch, Ursula Smith, Carole Presland, Stephan Loge, Olivier Patey, Peter Brunt, Nobuko Imai, Nadia Wijzenbeek, Charles Watt, Reinbert de Leeuw and Vera Beths.

In 2011, Amarins toured to the USA with pianist Didel Bish and soprano Nikki Treurniet, on invitation of the Netherlands-America Foundation. In 2012, Amarins travelled to Porto, Portugal together with her piano trio, Strings Attached, to represent the Conservatory of Amsterdam at Harmos Festival of chamber music. Representing the International Holland Music Sessions, Amarins performed together with Victor Alsén and Ole Christian Hagenrud for the Dutch Queen Beatrix in March 2013. Amarins has participated in masterclasses by many musicians, including Herman Krebbers, Gyorgy Pauk, Mark Lubotski, Emmy Verhey, Philippe Graffin, David Takeno, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Petru Munteanu, Patinka Kopec, Sherban Lupu, Mi-Kyung Lee, Isabelle van Keulen, Gerhard Schulz, Nikolaj Znaider, Viviane Hagner, Ferenc Rados, Andras Keller, Pierre Amoyal, Ivry Gitlis and Anner Bijlsma.

Amarins Wierdsma, image © Dirk Rietveld

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Amarins plays on a violin that is on loan from the National Music Instrument Foundation.