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Diamanda La Berge Dramm, Violin

Diamanda La Berge Dramm was born in Amsterdam in 1991 and began playing the violin at the age of four. Having grown up in the Netherlands among the leading figures of the Dutch classical, avant-garde and improvisational music scenes, she incorporates all of these influences into her own concerts.

She studied with James Buswell and Nicholas Kitchen (bachelor’s degree, The New England Conservatory), and with Vera Beths (master’s degree, The Royal Conservatory of The Hague). In April 2018, Diamanda became the first string soloist to win the Dutch Classical Talent Tour & Award. Other awards include the John Cage Award, the Nicolai Prize, the Kersjes Violin Award, and the Deutschlandfunk Förderpreis.

She has worked extensively with modern music luminaries such as Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier, Gunther Schuller, Chaya Czernowin, George Benjamin, and Georg Friedrich Haas. In 2018, together with Garth Knox, she released the Violin Spaces series: a brand new set of concert etudes focusing on extended techniques. Diamanda teaches these techniques in her international masterclasses.

Her longtime collaboration with UK poet SJ Fowler resulted in the EP Beastings in 2019. As part of her residency at the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Diamanda created a project around Charles Ives’ Violin Sonata, No. 5, which included a CD and a corresponding website. As one of the founders of Splendor Amsterdam, she regularly gives and hosts concerts there.

Diamanda resides in Utrecht. She plays with an Andreas Grütter bow (2015) on an Andranik Gaybaryan violin (2014), purchased with the generous support of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrumentenfonds.

Picture: Maarten Nauw

The Artist's Homepage: https://diamandadramm.com

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Works by Johann Sebastian Bach and John Cage

Diamanda La Berge Dramm, Violin - Michelle O’Rourke, Soprano - Katinka Fogh Vindelev, Soprano

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