Maya Fridman | Canti d’inizio e fine
Cellist Maya Fridman was born in 1989 in Moscow, where as a child she soon revealed herself to be a musical prodigy. In 2010 she arrived in the Netherlands to study at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Her versatility and beautiful performances have continued to astound to this day. Fridman is able to effortlessly juxtapose contemporary compositions with major work from the previous century and manages to move her audiences with her emotionally charged renditions. This year she is collaborating with composer Maxim Shalygin, which resulted in a new solo piece for cello: Canti d’inizio e fine. This monumental cycle of seven songs for cello (and voice) has as theme birth, life and death.
Diamanda Dramm | Violin Spaces
Diamanda La Berge Dramm (1991) was raised in Amsterdam and went on to study in Boston. She began playing the violin at the age of four – or perhaps it would better to say began playing with the violin. And luckily she has never lost this sense of play. Although Dramm is well acquainted with the classics, in 2013 she received the John Cage Award for her contribution to contemporary music, followed two years later by the prestigious Kersjes Prize. In Violin Spaces she once again embarks on a voyage of discovery, exploring every aspect of her instrument. Together with Garth Knox, former viola player of the renowned Arditti Quartet, she created a series of fascinating compositions that involve just about everything you can do with a violin besides conventional classical bowing.