At the age of seven Emma started to play the violin. Her first teacher was Evert Sillem. At the age of twelve she started the young talent program at the Sweelinck Academie of Amsterdam with Prof. Lex Korff de Gidts. She did her Bachelors and Masters with Prof. Ilya Grubert at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and graduated with the highest possible grade “10”. Currently she is doing a post-graduate with Lukas Hagen in Salzburg.
She joined the national Prinses Christina Competition multiple times, where she received several different prizes.
In 2012 she received the prize (‘Laberté Hoedemaker ) at the Peter de Groote Festival.
In 2015 she got accepted as one of the twelve participants to the course ‘Crans-Montana Classics’ in Switzerland.
Emma received lessons and masterclasses by Eliot Lawson, Leonidas Kavakos, Gerhard Schultz, Schlomo Mintz, Schmuel Ashkenasi, Zakhar Bron, Ray Chen and Jaap van Zweden.
She performs often in the best halls of the Netherlands, both solo as in chamber music groups. For example the Concertgebouw during lunch concerts, The ‘Sunday morning concert’ and in the program ‘Spiegelzaal’ which is broadcasted live on Radio 4.
She is concertmaster of the string ensemble ‘The String Soloists’. Lisa Jacobs is the founder of the ensemble and often plays with them as a soloist. They are based in the Netherlands where they play in all the concert venues, but also internationally they made their appearances. This ensemble only exists a few years but already brought out multiple cd’s that were received extremely well both on national as international level.
She regularly plays with Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
Chamber music is also a very important aspect in her life and therefore she plays as much as possible together with her colleagues. She has already been asked quite some times to play with teachers and high-rated musicians such as Maria Milstein, Mick Stirling, Lisa Jacobs and Mikhail Zemtsov.
Emma has appeared as a soloist in works by Bach, Mozart, Vasks and Brahms. A small excerpt:
Emma enjoyes all kinds of projects and has experience in various ensembles apart from the ones she works with on a regular base. This includes orchestra projects, mostly classical, but also jazz, filmmusic and more contemporary music.
During her Bachelor studies she worked with a lot of composition students, also of different genres, which inspired and influenced her a lot in her thinking about playing music herself. She hopes that the future will give her more opportunities like this.
Emma is playing on a beautiful instrument build by Carlo Giuseppe Testore (Novara, ± 1665 – 1716), provided by the Conservatory of Amsterdam.