Simone Lamsma: Music As an Art of Living


Acclaimed as one of the most engaging musical personalities today, Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma will team up with the OSM this coming January 16, 17 and 20 to perform Szymanowski’s Concerto no. 1. This will mark the artist’s reunion with the Orchestra after her collaboration in 2022, and after joining the OSM on tour with Kent Nagano in 2019.


An early calling

Simone Lamsma expressed her desire to play violin at the age of only 2. After beginning on the instrument at 5, she left for the United Kingdom at age 11 to study at the renowned Yehudi Menuhin School. While being separated from her family had its obvious challenges, Simone’s determination and passion for music prevailed. The young violinist managed to juggle her musical training and her conventional education, a concurrence that would have been virtually impossible in her home country.


“Besides the musical aspect, I have found that studying in a foreign country has made me grow so much in my personal development and therefore also as a musician, and this is I think the most valuable experience that I have taken away with me from my time in London. ” — Simone Lamsma


Simone made her stage debut at age 14 in a performance of Paganini’s Concerto no. 1 with the Noord Nederlands Orkest. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London at age 19, placing high in major international competitions and winning several first prizes. In 2010, in recognition of her artistry and contributions to the international profile of Dutch artists, she received the Dutch VSVD Classical Music Prize in the “New Generation Musicians” category, awarded by the Association of Dutch Theatres and Concert Halls.


Glowing reviews have praised both her performances and her recordings, citing her flawless technical finesse, strikingly impeccable intonation, warm and radiant tone, and her extraordinary fervour, verve, and depth.


While the violin truly is her instrument, the artist considers herself a musician first, with the role of a violinist coming second.



Being a soloist: a life choice

Simone developed a passion for music, which was her only diversion, from a very young age. The choice to pursue a solo career was obvious to her from the time of her childhood. While the profession demands certain sacrifices, these are transcended by the joy this violinist finds in exercising her arduous yet deeply rewarding profession. Music enriches our lives, states Simone; it is a way of life that guides her every day, even off the stage.


“This is what I want to do in life! Music is my way of living!” — Simone Lamsma


With a repertoire that spans the Baroque era to the 21st century, the violinist feels a deep gratitude towards her teachers who encouraged her to learn a broad variety of works, since, as she says, once your career is underway, you don’t often have the time to assimilate new pieces.



A devotee of Bach, whom she regularly plays, she recognizes that the more one performs his music, the more it helps one to grow. Simone has more than 60 concerto performances to her credit. These include the indispensable ones by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Bruch, and Sibelius, among others, but also lesser-know works, which she ardently advocates for their rightful place in concert programs. She also enjoys venturing off the beaten path, performing concertos by Spohr, Gubaidulina, Britten, Walton, Rautavaara, and Wantenaar.




Simone Lamsma’s hobbies

When she is not playing, Simone Lamsma listens to Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and especially, of course, classical music. Her favourite moments include spending time by the sea, savouring a delicious meal, and being in love. Had she not become a musician—a prospect too grim for her to contemplate—she might have had a career as a lawyer or architect.


Come and experience the artistry of Simone Lamsma,  who is ranked among the best violinists in the world, in the concert Rafael Payare Conducts Mahler’s Symphony no. 7, an event marking the OSM’s 90th anniversary!