Jellantsje de Vries

Jellantsje de Vries is one of the most versatile Dutch violinists of her generation. Her affinity with theatre, dance and visual arts has led to collaborations with several choreographers, directors and other artists, which resulted in many interesting and well received performances. Besides theatre, Jellantsje is also an acclaimed chamber musician and soloist. She has performed solo and chamber works with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Looptail, Oerknal, Insomnio and the Doelen Ensemble and worked with conductors such as Etienne Siebens, Arie van Beek, Bas Wiegers, Gregory Charette and Reinbert de Leeuw.

In 2012 Jellantsje became a member of The Stolz Quartet, being part of several music theatre performances, such as A Love Unsung, composed by Rob Zuidam and directed by Kees Stolze, with the Belgian actor Johan Leysen, and Loud Shadows | Liquid Events, with music of Kate Moore, choreographed and danced by LeineRoebana, performed in a bubble made by the designer and founder of Plastique Fantastique, Marco Canevacci.

In 2014 Jellantsje played the violin concerto of Klaas de Vries in Guanajuato, Mexico, with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato (OSUG), led by Bas Wiegers. In 2017 Jellantsje took over the role of artistic director in The Stolz Quartet and organized a staged concert with music of Jan van de Putte and Klaas de Vries, performed with a choreography of Kenzo Kusuda and an animation film based on Japanese haikus, made by her own hand. In 2019 Jellantsje became member of Oerknal, an ensemble based in The Hague that focuses on playing complex contemporary music by today’s composers. Jellantsje de Vries started playing the violin at the age of 6 with the Dutch violin teacher Coosje Wijzenbeek. When she was 12 years old she was admitted to the Young Talent Class of the conservatory of Amsterdam. There she continued her studies with Lex Korff de Gidts and successfully graduated in 2010. In 2012 she finished her master’s degree with the highest distinction at the same conservatory after studying with Vera Beths.

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