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    9 Female Classical Violinists From Today You Should Follow

    Classical music violinist that you should listen to when you are a classical music fan, like me, even then, you could start with these violinists. They are my favourite female violinist and deserved to be mentioned.

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    Johanna Röhrig

    Johanna Röhrig is a Hamburg, Germany based violinist, born in 1993 in Hamburg, Germany, she started to play the violin at age six. She received her Master’s degree with distinction and her DipRAM Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music in London. After her adventure in London, she was accepted into the soloist class at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, Germany. At the moment, she is completing her Artist Diploma with Professor Tanja Becker-Bender. At the same time, she is already performing internationally as a recitalist and concerto soloist.

    Röhrig had her debuts with the Kazan La Primavera Chamber Orchestra, and the FIDELIO Orchestra in London. She also had been part of a CD recording by the international record label SONY. There, she appeared as a soloist with the NDR Orchestra Hanover, conducted by Michael England. This was recorded as part of the 'New Sound of Classical'-series by SONY.

    In 2016, Röhrig won the 2nd prize at the International Competition 'Cittá di Padova' in Italy and got invited back to Italy for several recitals. She was also winner of the Internationale Frühlingsakademie Neustadt competition, as well as 3rd Prize winner of the LIONS-Musikpreis competition in Germany. She was a finalist at the Croydon Concerto Competition in 2017. Therefore, she got invited back to perform with several English orchestras, as well with conductor Darrel Davison.

    Röhrig also had her debut at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. She was a soloist with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rhineland-Palatinate, the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock — with which she broadcasted on the Deutschlandradio Kultur, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto in Italy, as well as with various English orchestras. As a chamber musician and recitalist, she played on festivals, such as: Petworth Festival, Brahms-Festival and the AURORA Chamber Music Festival. Röhrig performed in Europe as well as in Asia. Her chamber music partners include pianist Markus Schirmer and violist Lawrence Power. Other perfromers she engaged with are Benjamin Schmid, Xenia Jankovic and Peter Bruns. She got masterclasses with Stephan Picard, Nicola Benedetti, Pavel Vernikov and Petru Munteanu and received further tuition from Erich Grünberg and Baiba Skride.

    Röhrig is also a prize winner of the Ethel Kennedy Jacobs Award, and she completed her Master of Music degree with Professor Rodney Friend in London. She has been further support by the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation in Hamburg, the Talent Unlimited Charity in London and private sponsors.

    Johanna Röhrig plays on a Jacob Stainer violin from 1675. She has this beautiful violin in loan by a generous sponsor from the J&A Beare’s International Violin Society.

    C. Debussy: Beau Soir (arr. Heifetz) - Johanna Roehrig & Antonio DiDedda

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    Nuné Melik

    Nuné Melik born in Siberia to parents of multiple heritage: Armenian, Georgian and Jewish. She is a DMA Soloist, Concert Artist and Founder of Hidden Treasure Project. Also, she is a representative of Arno Babadjanian Foundation.

    When Melik was four-years-old, she accompanied her older sister to piano lessons. Melik has studied in the Central Music School with Galina Turchaninova (also the teacher of violinist Maxim Vengerov). Later, she got her Bachelor’s Degree from the Gnessin Music College, with an Honours Diploma. Melik studied at the Conservatory of Moscow, as one of the top five contenders, and completed two semesters with the highest marks.

    In 2009, she moved to Canada, and she joined the Faculty of Music at the l’Université de Montréal. There, she completed her Master’s Degree under the guidance of Vladimir Landsman. She was the youngest student in the Program. She finished her studies with Mr. Albert Markov in New York. After that, she pursued a doctorate at McGill University, where she continued her research into Armenian music.

    Melik won prizes and awards at The Waldo Mayo Violin Competition, International Gershwin Competition, LISMA International Competition, Concerto Competition from the University of Montreal. Also, she got awards for Best Interpretation Award at the Quebec Academy of Music in Montreal, Accolade International Film Festival, Best Experimental Movie, and many more to add to the list. In 2016, she had her solo debut at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium in New York. One of the world's best concert halls.

    Since 2018 until today, she plays on the Jean Batiste Villaume violin, made in 1827 and the Tommassin bow, made in 1910, both kindly loaned by the Groupe Canimex.

    Her album 'Hidden Treasure' is on the Dom Forlane label, which had happened in October 2017.

    Melik is a frequently asked violinist, and she had played in several concert halls, venues, and festivals: Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center, Place des Arts, Bolshoy Hall, the International House of Music, the Embassy of Russia in Copenhagen, and Toronto Arts Centre, to name a few. Dr. Melik has been an Artist-in-Residence in the Miami Chamber Orchestra and Orquestra Filarmonía. She also presented Canada at the XVII Sommet de la Francophonie, 2018. Dr. Melik is an invited artist at festivals such as the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, iPalpiti Festival, Festival Classica, Musical Armenia, Strad for Lunch, St. Barth Music Festival, among others.

    Exploring the unknown repertoire since 2010, she founded the ‘Hidden Treasure International’. This is a project of research, performance, and lectures of music you don't hear that often. Thereof, she became the Caucasus.

    Melik also directed the documentary about Armenian composer, Arno Babadjanian. This documentary has been screened at the POM International Film Festival in Toronto. She now runs the non-for-profit organization named after the composer.

    She loves learning new languages, taking an interest in different cultures. Even though she lives far away from Armenia, Melik keeps in touch with her roots by actively participating in events about her motherland.

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    Esther Abrami

    Esther Abrami was born in 1996, and she has been raised in Aix-en-Provence, in France. She got in touch with the violin as her grandmother gave her first tiny violin at the aged of three. Her grandmother had been a talented violinist. At that time, she gave up her own music-making when she got married. But at the age of ten, Abrami started to learn to play the violin seriously.

    At the age of 14, she entered as a student at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. Abrami got accepted at the Royal College of Music in London in 2017. In 2019, Abrami was the first classical musician who was nominated in the Social Media Superstar category at the Global Awards. Also, she got awarded to get a full scholarship for a master's degree at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with Professor Wen Zhou Li.

    Abrami plays on the beautiful Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, kindly loaned to her through the Beare's International Violin Society.

    Also, Abrami is a very passionate teacher who inspires the next generation of musicians. She gave masterclasses — internationally — at Universities of Texas Christian University, Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juárez in Mexico, and St. Dixie State University in Utah. Another passion is being a music coach for young orchestra musicians. One of those are the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia in Leeds, Passeur d’Art in Paris, besides giving lessons to individual students. She also gives lessons to chamber groups at St. Paul’s Cathedral School in London.

    Topics that she teaches the beginner, intermediate, and advanced violinists: music techniques, practice strategies, how to memorize music, or add richness and depth to your sound.

    One other path in her career is being a distinguished guest speaker. There, she educates students and the community on how social media can make a positive impact on a musician’s career. To her, social media is a powerful tool to build relationships, as well as inspire a lot of people by introducing them to classical music. Events she had been a speaker were the Stradfest in London: “How to boost your profile as a classical musician using social media in the 21st century”, conference at the Wiener Konzerthaus: “The use of social media in a classical musician’s career.

    Abrami also participated in the Sony Classical’s “New Sound of Classical” concert at the Kesselhaus in Berlin and the Gala Concert of the Summa Cum Laude International Festival at the Wiener Konzerthaus.

    Abrami is a GEWA String Family artist.

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    Alexandra Hauser

    Violinist Alexandra Hauser was born in Mödling, Austria in 1998 from Austrian and Romanian ancestors. As her father, Alexis Hauser, got a job as the artistic director and conductor of the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the family moved to Montreal in 2001.

    Hauser began studying with Prof. Lucine Balikian at the McGill Conservatory in Montreal, in January 2004. From 2008 until 2012, she continues her studies at the Pré-Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, with Josée Aidans. In March 2012, she started studying at the same conservatory with Prof. Helmut Lipsky. After that, in March 2015, she continued at Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg with Prof. Paul Roczek. In September 2016, Hauser got her Bachelor degree at the McGill School of Music under guidance of Prof. Axel Strauss, and she is completing her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, with Prof. Lena Neudauer.

    Hauser has won several 1st prizes: QMEA festival, “Festival de musique classique”, Crescendo International competition (that lead to have establishments throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, including her debut in https://www.crescendocompetition.org/ at the age of 12). After that, she was — again — recipient of the first prize, and she returned to Carnegie Hall as a soloist and as a duo with the pianist Lucas Perus. In 2013, she was awarded first prize at the FLAME international competition in Paris, where she met Prof. Paul Roczek.

    She gave concerts in Europe, Canada, and the US. On her repertoire are works from Baroque period to the 21st century. Hauser many masterclasses at the Mozarteum Summer Academy since 2008, and there she met Prof. Michael Frischenschlager in 2011.

    Prof. Frischenschlager has been a very prominent artistic mentor during her musical education, for example about composers like Bach, Mozart, and Kreisler. Other masterclasses she participated in were with soloists Julia Fischer, Laurence Kayaleh, Regina Brandstätter, Mario Hossen, Mauro Iurato, Igor Petrushevski, Erich Grünberg and Paul Roczek.

    Hauser joined the GEWA Strings Family as an official GEWA Strings artist among esteemed musicians, like cellist Gautier Capuçon, violinists Ray Chen, and Frank Peter Zimmermann.

    Hauser plays on a French Paul Kaul violin, made in Nantes in 1920. This violin formerly belonged to the famous violist of the Alban Berg Quartet, Thomas Kakuska.

    “GEWA Strings is very pleased to have Alexandra Hauser in the GEWA family as a GEWA Strings Artist since July 2020.” — Alexandra Hauser

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    Ragnhild Hemsing

    Violinist and Hardinger fiddliest Ragnhild Hemsing is the sister of Eldbjørg Hemsing. She was born in Valdres, Norway.

    At the age of five, she started to play the violin. She was invited to enrol at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo at the age of nine. She studied in Vienna with Boris Kuschnir.

    When she was 14 years old, Hemsing made her debut with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. Later, she performed with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Ukrainian National Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Kazan State Orchestra in Russia, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.

    Hemsing was awarded the Sparre Olsen-prisen (“exceptionally instrumental endowment that grabs the audience with her vivid, passionate and brilliant performance”), First Prize and European Union Prize at the Kocian International Violin Competition in the Czech Republic, First Prize and Special Prize at the European Music Prize for Youth, Beethoven Ring to the best concert performed during the annual Beethoven Festival in Bonn. Together with her sister, Eldbjørg Hemsing, she made the documentary on the life of the famous Norwegian violinist Olé Bull. This documentary received the EBU award.

    Hemsing gave concerts at the Bergen International Festival, the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Hardingtonar Festival and Førde International World Music Festival, the Northern Lights in Tromsø and the Stavanger, Trondheim and Harstad International Chamber Music Festivals. Also, she gave concerts at the Wigmore Hall, the Verbier Festival, Bellerive Festival in Switzerland, and AlpenKlassik in Germany, amongst others. In 2011, together with Leif Ove Andsnes and Tine Thing Helseth, she performed at the Cheltenham festival.

    Hemsing recorded several CDs on diverse record labels, like Simax and Chandos.

    Together with her sister, Hemsing is the artistic leader of Hemsing Festival, which they established in 2013. The festival takes place in their hometown in Valdres every year.

    Hemsing plays on a Francesco Ruggeri violin built in Cremona in 1694 on loan from the Dextra Musica Foundation.

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    Eldbjørg Hemsing

    Eldbjørg Hemsing was born1990 in Nord-Aurdal in Norway and is a Norwegian violinist. At the age of 11, she got her solo debut with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. She is the younger sister of Norwegian violinist Ragnhild Hemsing. Hemsing is not only a violinist, but also a Hardinger fiddliest.

    Hemsing has premiered several works from composer Tan Dun — the Oscar-winning composer and conductor. She has performed his 'Hero Concerto' with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra as well as with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra. She also premiered his 'Triple Resurrection Concerto' in Leipzig and Shanghai with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore, she premiered another violin concerto of him: 'The Love' with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, which was at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. The most recently violin concerto of Tan Dun she premiered is 'The Fire Rituals'. This composition that was premiered with the Chinese National Orchestra at National Centre for the Performing Arts in China.

    Hemsing started to play the violin at the age of five. She played for the Norwegian Royal Family when she was just six years old. One year later, she was a student at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo, where she studied with Alf Richard Kraggerud and Stephan Barratt-Due. Hemsing was also a student of Boris Kuschnir. In 2012, she performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo.

    Hemsing has played with orchestras, such as the NDR Radiophilharmonie, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Ireland, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Hemsing played at diverse festivals, such as Bad Kissingen and AlpenKlassik in Germany, International Chamber Music Festivals in Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen, Wigmore Hall, Verbier Festival, Bellerive Festival, as well as at the Nordic Cool Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

    She received third prize in Eurovision Young Musicians 2008. She is with record label BIS Records from Sweden. Hemsing organizes the Hemsing Festival with her sister.

    Hemsing plays a GB Guadagnini violin from 1754 on loan from the Dextra Musica Foundation. She also plays the Hardanger Fiddle, like her sister.

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    Krisīne Balanas

    Kristīne Balanas is a Latvian violinist. Balanas started to play the violin at the age of seven. Her first teacher was Olita Meldere. Later, she got violin lessons from Emīls Dārziņš, and she studied with Romans Šnē. Balanas studied at the Royal Academy of Music with György Pauk, and at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler under Kolja Blacher.

    She got prizes and awards at the International ARD Music Competition, Young Artist of the Year in the Grand Music Awards of her home country, the Fundacion Excelentia Young Talent Award from Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain, Latvian National Competition for Violinists, Kloster Schöntal Violin Competition, J and A Beare International Solo Bach Competition, Rudolf Lipizer Violin Competition, Julius Isserlis Scholar from the Royal Philharmonic Society, elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

    Collaborations have led to concerts with renowned orchestras, such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. She was a frequent guest at the Berliner Philharmonie, Southbank Centre, and Carnegie Hall and many more other famous concert halls.

    In 2020 Balanas became an Honorary Patron of BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation. She founded the ‘Balanas Classical’. With the Balanas Classical — together with her brother Robert Balanas and her sister Margarita Balanas — she wants to promote classical music through innovative concerts, workshops and masterclasses.

    Festivals where Balanas has appeared in, are: Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier and Denis Matsuev Festival. She also performed on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and BBC One’s The One Show.

    She has a collaboration with the Italian luxury lingerie brand La Perla.

    Balanas plays on the 1787 Antonio Gragnani violin. This violin kindly loaned to her by “The Little Butterfly Foundation”.

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    Alina Pogostkina

    Born in St. Petersburg, Alina Pogostkina grew up in Germany and received her first violin lessons from her father, Alexander Pogostkin. Later, she studied with Antje Weithaas at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, and baroque violin with Reinhard Goebel.

    She is the daughter of two professional violinists. She started to play the violin at the age of four, and she gave her first concerts at the age of five. In 1992, the family moved to Heidelberg, Germany.

    Pogostkina played at renowned festivals, such as Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Salzburger Festspiele, Edinburgh International Festival, Grafenegg Festival, Istanbul Music Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival and Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival.

    She collaborates with conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Gustavo Dudamel, David Zinman, Jonathan Nott, Paavo Järvi, Michael Sanderling, David Afkham, Robin Ticciati, Thomas Hengelbrock and John Storgårds. Other musicians she collaborated with are: Steven Isserlis, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Menahem Pressler, Christoph Eschenbach, Pekka Kuusisto, Maxim Rysanov, Jörg Widmann and Joshua Bell. In 2018, Alina Pogostkina formed a string trio with violist Nimrod Guez and cellist Danjulo Ishizaka, with whom she had a successful tour through Germany.

    Orchestras Pogostkin has played with, are the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, NHK and Yomiuri Nippon symphony orchestras, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, SWR Symphonieorchester, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre National de France and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently she debuted with Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Mikko Franck, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Osmo Vänskä, and Budapest Festival Orchestra under Marin Alsop.

    She plays on a Camillo Camilli violin from 1752.

    Together with Leonie von Arnim and Jones Kortz, she organizes the Mindful Music Making Workshops and Retreats for Musicians.

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    Rosanne Philippens

    Rosanne Philippens started to play the violin at an early age with Anneke Schilt at the music school in Amstelveen. She continued her studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin with teachers Coosje Wijzenbeek, Vera Beths, Anner Bylsma and Ulf Wallin. Philippens won first prize at the Dutch National Violin Competition, and the Freiburg International Violin Competition.

    She recently made her debut with the Orchestre National de Lyon by leading the orchestra of The Season by Vivaldi and The Season by Piazzolla in Lyon’s Auditorium.

    She performed with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and the Residentie Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony and with orchestras across Germany, Finland and Switzerland, with conductors including Nézet-Séguin, Foster, Tausk, de Vriend, Hermus and Collon.

    Collaborations with other musicians led to play with István Vardai, Vilde Frang, Julien Quentin, Vikingúr Olafsson, Amihai Grosz, Camille Thomas and Zoltán Fejérvári and many more.

    Philippens runs her own concert series ‘The Amsterdam Salon Pop-Up' and she is with records label Channel Classics.

    Philippens plays on the 1727 “Barrere” Stradivarius, with support of the Elise Mathilde Foundation.

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