Diamanda La Berge Dramm (1991) grew up in Amsterdam, the Netherlands playing the violin since the age of four. Growing up among the leading figures of the Dutch classical, avant-garde and improvisation scene, her own concerts reflect all of these elements. At the age of thirteen, she premiered “Raadsels” by Louis Andriessen in the Concertgebouw for the opening of the Holland Festival 2005 and has gone on to perform internationally as a soloist, chamber music player and band member. In April 2018 Diamanda won the Dutch Classical Talent Tour & Award, the first ever string soloist to do so. In 2018 she released the Violin Spaces series together with Garth Knox (published by Schott), a brand new set of concerts etudes focusing on extended techniques. Diamanda produced detailed instructional video’s, and toured a show based around the Spaces. She continues to teach them internationally in masterclasses. Her longtime collaboration with UK poet SJ Fowler resulted in the EP Beastings in 2019. A follow up album is expected in 2021. As part of her residency at Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Diamanda initiated a project around Charles Ives’ Fifth Violin Sonata. The CD and dedicated website were launched in early 2020 during a tour with Sam Amidon.In March 2020 NRC Handelsblad named Diamanda one of the 101 talents for the next decade.
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