Merel Vercammen is a very talented musician, and first prize winner of the Dutch National Competition for Young Talent. Merel started playing violin at the age of 5. When she was 15 years old she was admitted to the Utrecht Conservatory, where she studied with prof. Eeva Koskinen. In 2012 she finished her Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the Royal College of Music with prof. Jan Repko, and she is now continuing her violin studies at the same institution in the Master of Performance programme. She received scholarships and awards from the Royal College of Music, the Anton Kersjesfonds, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Huygens Scholarship Programme.
Merel won prizes at the Princess Christina Competition and the National Competition of the Foundation for Young Music Talent of the Netherlands, where she was awarded both first prize and a prize for the best performance of a freely chosen piece by a Dutch composer. With several ensembles, a.o. the Dutch Youth String Orchestra (NJSO), she gave concerts in Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Sweden and Denmark. In 2010 she performed as a soloist with the orchestra of the Utrecht Conservatory.
Besides that she participated in courses such as the Peter the Great Festival in Groningen (NL), the International Master Class Apeldoorn (NL), the International Holland Music Sessions, the Young Talent Course Feistritz and the Ost-West Musikfest in Austria, International Music Campus Porziano Musica and
Suonarte Masterclasses in Italy, Festival MusicAlp Courchevel in France and the Kuhmo Music Festival in Finland. She recieved master classes from Elizabeth Wallfish, Phillipe Graffin, Gernot Winischhofer, Alexander Vinnitzky, Valery Oistrach, Liviu Prunaru, Yayoi Toda, Josef Rissin, Lewis
Kaplan, Daniel Hope, the Enescu Quartet and Ilya Grubert. In 2009 she was invited by the Dutch Embassy in Tunisia to play at the festival ‘Jeunes Virtuoses’ in Tunis, and in 2012 she gave concerts in Rio de Janeiro on invitation from the Dutch Embassy in Brazil. In May 2012 she gave a performance for the Royal Family of Romania in the Royal Palace in Bucharest, Romania.
She started trio42 with two other young musicians: a combination of violin, harp and saxophone, which is unique in chamber music. They gave performances at festivals including the Zeist Music Days, the International Chamber Music Festival of Janine Jansen, Grachtenfestival, NJO Summer of Music and Festival Classique and their Debut CD includes works by C. Franck and D. Shostakovich.
Merel is also performing as violinist of the U.K.-based Doppler Piano Trio, a recently formed ensemble consisting of (former) students of the Royal College of Music in London. They will make their debut at Wigmore Hall in July 2013.
Merel plays on a P. Silvestre violin from 1845, kindly given on loan by a private owner.