Salomé Bonnema (2001) started playing the violin at the age of five. She was admitted to the Young Talent School at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague when she was nine. Since September 2016 her teacher has been Vera Beths.
Salomé has performed many times during recent years, both as a soloist and as a member of ensembles. Notable highlights were performances with the Menuhin School Orchestra, at the UNICEF Gala in Cologne (Germany), for former Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and during the “School for Young Talent meets Europe” Festival in the Recital Hall of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (NL). Most recently, Salomé has toured in Switzerland and The Netherlands with the School for Young Talent Orchestra (AKO), playing the Brahms Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra.
Salomé has won prizes at national competitions, like the Netherlands Violin Competition (“Iordens” and “Davina van Wely” categories) and the Princess Christina Competition (“PCC”). She was also prize winning finalist at the Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition (Germany).
Salomé has taken Masterclasses and lessons from, amongst others, the following inspiring teachers and players: Frank Peter Zimmerman, Petru Munteanu, Simone Lamsma, Anner Bijlsma, Rosanne Philippens and Baiba Skride.
Salomé is also first violinist of the young and successful Viride Kwartet, which quartet was national finalist at the PCC in 2018. The Viride Kwartet also received a prestigious quartet-stipendium from the Kersjes Fonds (NL), while it also has been delighted receiving lessons regularly from members of the internationally renowned Jerusalem Quartet, Matangi Quartet and Dudok Quartet.
Salomé plays a Charles Adolphe Gand violin that is kindly provided on loan by J.A. Beare’s International Violin Society, London (UK). Salomé is also grateful to have a Charles Peccatte bow on loan from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds, Amsterdam (NL).