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Album-Release:
2019

HRA-Release:
22.03.2019

Label: Gutman Records

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Concertos

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  • Poldowski (1879 - 1932): Sonata in D minor:
  • 1Sonata in D minor: I. Andante Languido05:36
  • 2Sonata in D minor: II. Scherzo: Vivace06:42
  • 3Sonata in D minor: III. Finale: Presto con Fuoco08:37
  • Mathilde Wantenaar (b. 1993): Sprookjes: Musical Tales for Violin and Piano:
  • 4Sprookjes: Musical Tales for Violin and Piano: I. No 101:52
  • 5Sprookjes: Musical Tales for Violin and Piano: II. No 202:02
  • 6Sprookjes: Musical Tales for Violin and Piano: III. No 303:57
  • César Franck (1822 - 1890): Sonata for Piano and Violin in A major:
  • 7Sonata for Piano and Violin in A major: I. Allegretto ben Moderato06:05
  • 8Sonata for Piano and Violin in A major: II. Allegro08:10
  • 9Sonata for Piano and Violin in A major: III. Recitativo-Fantasia: Ben moderato07:36
  • 10Sonata for Piano and Violin in A major: IV. Allegretto poco mosso06:17
  • Total Runtime56:54

Info for Symbiosis



In January 2019 Merel recorded her debut album together with pianist Dina Ivanova, prize winner of the most recent International Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht.

The album will include their absolute favourite Sonata for violin and piano: the Franck Sonata. They will combine this Sonata with compositions by two female composers: Poldwoski (daughter of the famous composer Henryk Wieniawski) and Mathilde Wantenaar.

Poldowski wrote her Sonata for violin and piano at a time when women weren’t allowed to vote. She had a very interesting life, especially for a woman of her time; she travelled across Europe as a concert pianist, designed haute-couture for the British Royal Family and wrote beautiful late-romantic compositions. The Sprookjes (fairytales) by twenty-five-year-old composer Mathilde Wantenaar were written about a century later. Female composers are still a minority in classical music, and with this album Merel and Dina would like to draw some extra attention to these two wonderful female composers.

Merel Vercammen, violin
Dina Ivanova, piano



Merel Vercammen
started playing violin at the age of 5. When she was 15 years old she was admitted to the Utrecht Conservatory, where she studied with prof. Eeva Koskinen. In 2012 she finished her Bachelor of Music at the Royal College of Music with prof. Jan Repko, and in 2014 she graduated with highest distinction at the same institution in the Master of Performance programme. Merel received scholarships and awards from the Royal College of Music, the Anton Kersjesfonds, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Huygens Scholarship Programme. In addition to her performing degree Merel also completed a Master of Science in Music, Mind and Brain at Goldsmiths University of London. Merel is currently a student of Ilya Grubert at the Scuola di Perfezionamento di Fondazione Musicale Santa Cecilia in Italy.

Merel won prizes at the London Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, at the Princess Christina Competition and at the National Competition of the Foundation for Young Music Talent of the Netherlands, where she was awarded both first prize and a prize for the best performance of a freely chosen piece by a Dutch composer. She gave several concerts throughout Europe and the UK, in South America and Africa. Merel appeared as a soloist with the orchestra of the Utrecht Conservatory, the Nijmeegs Studentenorkest, the Symfonieorkest BBS, and the Zeister Philharmonic Orchestra. She performed in all the major concert halls in the Netherlands.

Besides that she participated in festivals such as the Peter the Great Festival in Groningen (NL), the International Master Class Apeldoorn (NL), the International Holland Music Sessions, the Young Talent Course Feistritz and the Ost-West Musikfest in Austria, International Music Campus Porziano Musica and Suonarte Masterclasses in Italy, Festival MusicAlp Courchevel in France and the Kuhmo Music Festival in Finland. She recieved master classes from Valery Oistrach, Liviu Prunaru, Yayoi Toda, Josef Rissin, Lewis Kaplan, Daniel Hope, Alina Ibragimova, Zakhar Bron and Ilya Grubert. In 2009 she was invited by the Dutch Embassy in Tunisia to play at the festival ‘Jeunes Virtuoses’ in Tunis, and in 2012 she gave concerts in Rio de Janeiro on invitation from the Dutch Embassy in Brazil. In May 2012 she gave a performance for the Royal Family of Romania in the Royal Palace in Bucharest, Romania. Merel performed in many concert halls across Europe, her 2013 debut at the Wigmore Hall in London being one of the highlights. In 2016 Merel made her debut at the Royal Albert Hall.

Merel is a founding member of the ensemble trio42. This group has a combination of violin, harp and saxophone, which is unique in chamber music. They gave performances at festivals including the Zeist Music Days, the International Chamber Music Festival of Janine Jansen, Grachtenfestival, NJO Summer of Music andFestival Classique and their Debut CD included works by C. Franck and D. Shostakovich.

Besides that Merel started The New Mozart Effect, a lecture recital about music and the brain, supported by the Amsterdam Art Fund. Recently, Merel started a duo with pianist Danielle Bourne.

Merel plays on a beautiful violin made by Italian luthier A. Postacchini in 1820, kindly given on loan by the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.

This album contains no booklet.

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