In 2018, Wytske Holtrop graduated cum laude for her master’s degree at the Haute École de Musique de Genève (Geneva University of Music), where she studied with professor François Guye. She obtained a highly distinguished bachelor’s degree at the Koninklijk Conservatorium of Brussels (Royal Conservatoire of Brussels) with professor Jeroen Reuling. As of the 2019 – 2020 concert season, Wytske will be playing with the Konzerthausorchester in Berlin, as a member of the Kurt Sanderling orchestra academy. She actively took part in numerous masterclasses with, among others, Natalia Gutman, Gary Hoffman and Nicolas Altstaedt. Wytske performed as a soloist with several Dutch orchestras and regularly plays solo recitals. She appeared internationally in festivals as the Internationaal Kamermuziekfestival Schiermonnikoog (The Netherlands) and the Ars SummerFest in Vilnius (Lithuania). In 2015 – 2016, Wyt- ske was selected for the orchestra academy of the National Orchestra of Belgium. She won several prizes contesting in the Stichting Jong Muziektalent Nederland (a foundation that stimulates talented young musicians in The Netherlands) and the Prinses Christina Concours. In addition, she won the Prix du Musée Bonnat during the Académie Ravel in Saint Jean Luz (France). In 2018, Wytske was awarded the Frisian Emmy ‘Runner-up Award’, named after and from the hands of the renowned Dutch violinist Emmy Verhey. Wytske plays a cello by Tanguy Fraval, Brussels (2011) and uses a bow by Doriane Bodart, Paris (2016).
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“None of the pieces in this recording were familiar to me. I see this as an advantage. Nothing to compare, no hang-ups in regard to other interpretations. How wonderful to absorb things ‘as is’.
What impressed me most is her singing, yet resolutely robust tone. Another typical trait of Frisians? Looking at the map, dwelling in one of the flattest parts of the Netherlands, where there is hardly any protection from the hefty North-Westerly winds and accompanying gusts of rain, must have made its proud population sturdy and tenacious. And isn’t that exactly what a musician needs: The perseverance to become a master? Once more, I’ve got to answer, on the sheer quality of Wytske playing, this question in the affirmative.”
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