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Pieter van Loenen

Dutch violinist Pieter van Loenen graduated summa cum laude from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague in 2016 and was awarded a special prize for the best exam of the year by this institution. In the same year, Pieter won Second Prize and the Audience Prize at the Dutch Oskar Back National Violin Competition, where the jury lauded his playing as “exceptionally energetic and deeply musical”. He is currently active as a soloist and as a chamber musician, both at home and abroad, most recently on tours to the United States and China. Pieter is nominated for the Dutch Classical Talent Award 2019. This entails a solo tour throughout the Netherlands, which will see him perform in all the major halls of the country. Pieter started playing the violin at the age of 6 under the guidance of Koosje van Haeringen, and continued his studies with Vera Beths in The Hague and Terje Moe Hansen in Oslo, Norway. From a young age, Pieter has won prizes at all the national violin competitions. In 2010, Pieter won 1st prize in the National Final of the prestigious Prinses Christina Competition. Over the past several years, Pieter has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras throughout the Netherlands, including the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, Domestica Rotterdam, the Dutch Student Orchestra, the South Holland Symphony Orchestra and the Hodonínský Symfonický Orchestr from the Czech Republic. Most memorable among the concertos he performed are the Beethoven, Berg, Stravinsky and Paganini violin concertos. Visit Pieter's website to read his full biography.