Dutch violinist Noa Wildschut (2001) is only 17 years old, but has already gained her place on the international classical music scene. At the age of 6 she appeared live on Dutch television for the “Kinderprinsengrachtconcert 2007” in Amsterdam, aged 7 she made her debut in the main hall of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw at the “Night of the Promising”, and in September 2016 became an exclusive recording artist for Warner Classics.
Over the years Noa has built a considerable reputation and is regularly invited for festivals, recitals and solo-performances with orchestras, both at home and abroad. She has played together with inspiring musicians such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Janine Jansen, Menahem Pressler, Enrico Pace, Quirine Viersen, Paolo Giacometti, Arthur and Lucas Jussen, Ramón Ortega, and Vesko Eschkenazy. In recent years Noa has performed as a duo with pianist Yoram Ish-Hurwitz.
She works with orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Mutter Virtuosi, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Sinfonieorchester Basel, and the Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal de João Pessoa, cooperating with conductors as Manfred Honeck, James Gaffigan and Michael Sanderling.
Noa won numerous awards at a young age, including the first prize at the International Violin Competition Louis Spohr in Weimar (at the age of 9), the first prize at the Iordens Violin Competition in The Hague (at the age of 10), the Concertgebouw Young Talent Award 2013 (at the age of 11) and last year she received the Anton Kersjes Violin Prize 2017 (at the age of 16). At Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Noa has been awarded the WEMAG Soloist Award 2018. Noa has been selected to be ECHO Rising Star for the season 2019-20 by the European Concert Hall Organisation; consequently she will tour through Europe, visiting the major concert halls.
Noa started her violin lessons at the age of 4 with Coosje Wijzenbeek and from 2013 Noa studied with Professor Vera Beths at the Amsterdam University of the Arts. Currently Noa is studying under Professor Antje Weithaas at the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin. In addition to the regular classes, Noa has attended masterclasses and lessons with Ivry Gitlis, Jaap van Zweden, Menahem Pressler, Frank Peter Zimmerman, Anner Bijlsma and Liviu Prunaru. Since 2014 Noa has been a member of “Mutter Virtuosi”, a string ensemble led by Anne-Sophie Mutter, and since May 2015 Noa has held an official scholarship from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation – their youngest ever member.
The Dutch TV produced the documentary “Noa11”, which was broadcast in November 2012 and in September 2017 the documentary “A Family Quartet” was released about Noa and her family, which has been screened in many Dutch theatres and was broadcast on TV.
Noa plays a 1714 Giovanni Grancino violin kindly on loan from the Dutch Musical Instrument Foundation. Noa’s bow was custom-made by bowmaker Benoît Rolland, commissioned by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.