Emma Breedveld

Emma Breedveld (1974) received her first violin lessons from violin pedagogue Coosje Wijzenbeek in Hilversum, Netherlands. Afterwards, she studied at the Utrecht Conservatory and later with István Párkányi at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where she received her Master’s degree. She has followed master classes with such esteemed violinists as Yvri Gitlis and Gilles Apap, and the clarinettist Giora Feidman. She was first violinist and artistic leader of the Escher Ensemble for six years.

She subsequently spent seven years touring the world as first violinist in Carel Kraayenhof’s renowned Sexteto Canyengue. As a violinist, she is currently associated with the Ives Ensemble, Ensemble Lunapark and the Floreal String Quartet. She teaches at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and at the Muziekschool Amsterdam. She has presented three years of summer courses for young talent in Burg Feistritz, Austria and on the Dutch island of Terschelling. Emma Breedveld also plays the viola, and she composes and arranges for various ensembles.

She plays on a violin with the label `Santagiuliana’, which is on loan from the Dutch National Music Instrument Fund.