★★★★ FOR THE UTRECHT IMPROVISATION WALK
Maartje Stokkers from De Volkskrant wrote a nice review about the second Improvisation Walk.
“Virtuosos who rise above technical aspects and are really able to speak through their instruments”
Violinist Merel Vercammen graduated cum laude from the Royal College of Music in London. She received prizes at the London Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, the National Competition of the Foundation for Young Musical Talent of the Netherlands and the Princess Christina Concours. Merel has performed throughout the world and played in renowned concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and Wigmore Hall in London.
Merel had her first violin lessons when she was five years old and began studying at the HKU Utrecht Conservatory under Eeva Koskinen at the age of fifteen. At the Royal College of Music in London, she earned a Bachelor of Music as well as a Master of Performance, under Jan Repko. She then proceeded to study under Ilya Grubert at the Santa Cecilia Music Foundation in Portogruaro, Italy. Furthermore, she has followed masterclasses by Josef Rissin, Lewis Kaplan, Daniel Hope, Alina Ibragimova and Zakhar Bron. Her debut album Symbiosis with Russian pianist Dina Ivanova came out on Gutman Records in March 2019, and has been very well received in the (inter)national press.
As a soloist, Merel has performed in violin concertos by Beethoven, Brahms and Otto Ketting, the last of whom conducted his own work. In 2017, she premiered a violin concerto by composer Mathilde Wantenaar, written especially for her. In addition, she has developed an interactive performance about music and the brain and engages in improvisation. In September 2019, Merel released her second album, The Zoo, which contains free improvisations with eight duo partners.
Merel plays a violin made by Italian violin maker Andrea Postacchini 1820, kindly made available on loan to her by the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation (NMF).
“Merel Vercammen and Dina Ivanova are especially perceptive rhythmically, drawing out the overtly Franco-Belgian languido elements of the first movement most persuasively. The way they allow the flux and pull of the music to work is a winning element of their performance”
– Jonathan Woolf, Music Web International
“Vercammen und Ivanova beweisen im rechten Moment Sinn für Entschleunigung und delikate Tongebung, trumpfen vor allem mit einem Jugendfeuer auf, das Francks Sehnsuchtsmelodien lodern lässt: eine furiose Einspielung.”
– Christoph Irrgeher, Wiener Zeitung
“Die Aufnahme von Francks Sonate gehört in jedem Fall zu den stimmigsten und reflektiertesten, zudem stringentesten und musikalischsten, welche die letzten Jahre erschienen sind.”
– Oliver Fraenzke, The New Listener
“Overwhelming, moving and unbelievably virtuoso. Such characterizations are not common for a debut CD, but it is impossible not to fall for this recording.”
– Gert Jan Oosterum, Reformatorisch Dagblad.
“An impressive debut recording […]
Certainly two of the album’s primary selling-points are Vercammen’s tone and technique. The clear, sweetly singing tone she coaxes from her violin is a major reason for the recording’s impact.”
– Textura (Canada)
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