Emma has established herself as an active chamber musician, soloist and orchestral player, performing in the best halls of The Netherlands including The Concertgebouw (broadcast live on national radio) and all over Europe. Emma has collaborated with some of Holland’s most famous musicians including Maria Milstein, Lisa Jacobs and Caspar Vos. She has also been invited to play at several renowned international chamber music festivals, such as the International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht in Holland, the Francigena International Arts Festival and the Festival Internazionale di Musica (Portogruaro) in Italy and the Festival Internacional De Música De Marvão (Portugal). Other recent highlights include premiering Sebastian Fagerlund’s String Trio at a sold out Concertgebouw.

During the 2021-2022 season Emma will be giving a variety of chamber music concerts, recitals concerts and concertmaster appearances including a tour of Germany and concerts in Italy, the UK and Emma will be returning to the major halls in The Netherlands. She will also appear as a soloists in works by Beethoven and Bruch.

Emma has received a number of awards including the 2nd prize, the audience prize and prize for best performance of the commissioned piece at the Oskar Back competition 2022, the first prize at the 2021 International Competition “Luigi Zanuccoli” (Italy), the third prize at the international Emmanuel Durlet competition (Belgium), the Laberté Hoedemaker Prize (Netherlands, 2013) and she received numerous prizes at the National Prinses Chrsitina Competition (Netherlands). She has also been accepted as one of the twelve participants to Crans- Montana Classics in Switzerland, with artistic director renowned violinist Schlomo Mintz.

Emma was Concertmaster of the ensemble ‘The String Soloists’ where she has also appeared as a soloist. Their discography already includes discs of Haydn and Locatelli, their most recent CD was praised by BBC Music Magazine as being ‘Crisp clean playing’ and by Musicweb International ‘Style and sensitivity meets the exquisite and sophisticated’. She now plays with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra as second concertmaster.

Emma is regularly asked to play with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Emma started her violin lessons with Evert Sillem and continued her studies at the junior department at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Lex Korff de Gidts. Emma continued her studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam under Prof. Ilya Grubert and graduated with the highest mark “10”. Emma received full funding from the Netherlands to continue her studies with Lukas Hagen in Salzburg where she finished her post-graduate diploma in 2020. Additional inspiration has come from lessons and masterclasses by world famous violinists and musicians such as Christoph Poppen, Leonidas Kavakos, Gerhard Schultz, Schlomo Mintz, Schmuel Ashkenasi, Zakhar Bron, Ray Chen and Jaap van Zweden.

Emma plays on a violin built by Giovanni Grancino (1700-1705, Milan), generously given to her on extended loan by an anonymous benefactor.

Emma Roijackers foto Ronald Knapp