Violinist Merel Vercammen received her first violin lessons when she was five years old and from the age of fifteen, she studied at the Utrecht Conservatory with Eeva Koskinen. She graduated with honors from the Royal College of Music in London. Merel has performed all over the world and played in concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and the Wigmore Hall in London. As a soloist, Merel has performed in the violin concertos of Beethoven, Brahms and Otto Kettin. She also developed an interactive performance about music and the brain (The New Mozart Effect) and is involved in improvisation. Her albums The Zoo (2019) and The Boulanger Legacy (2021) were highly acclaimed.
Merel has won the London Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition, the National Competition of the Netherlands Young Music Talent Foundation and the Princess Christina Competition. In addition to her activities as a violinist, Merel also obtained a Master of Science in Music, Mind & Brain at Goldsmiths, University of London and a Master in Cultural Economics & Entrepreneurship at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her interests in music and science come together in her new festival SNAAR in TivoliVredenburg.
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Winternachten Festival, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and Amare present: In the Dream House
The summer edition of Winternachten Festival concluded in high style in the concert hall of Amare with "In the Dream House." Writers, poets and artists brought their dream house to life in word, imagery and music. It was a program full of bright, warm and dark desires; of ancestors and wise women; of loss and pleasure. You were enchanted by hip-hop icon Sef, Winti priestess Marian Markelo, writers Raoul de Jong and Sanneke van Hassel, singer-songwriter Shishani, spoken-word artist Benzokarim, poet Iman Mersal, and singer Sterre Konijn. Drummers from the Royal Conservatory: guided by Pepe Garcia set the rhythm, and our dream hostess, theatre producer and stand-up philosopher Laura van Dolron ensured that you feel at home right away.
Bring along your home to our dream house
To properly shelter all these dreams, we asked the public as well as artists to share their idea of "home." You brought something with you that feels "like home" or with which you'd brighten your home: a plant, teacup, dishrag or mood lamp... We loved to hear the story behind your dream-house artifact! You could write to us ahead of time or tell us upon arrival; Sanneke van Hassel and Anouk Driessen recorded it and gave it a good spot in the room. In this way we created a living archive of our dream houses together, inspired by the novel In the Dream House by the U.S. writer Carmen Maria Machado. Also, you didn't go home empty-handed, because afterwards you took home someone else's object and story.