Review from Canada

Review for Merel’s debut album Symbiosis with Dina Ivanova on Textura:

“An impressive debut recording […]
Certainly two of the album’s primary selling-points are Vercammen’s tone and technique. The clear, sweetly singing tone she coaxes from her violin is a major reason for the recording’s impact.
[…]
That album title, by the way, refers to the idea that, in the performers’ estimation, each of the three works strengthens the others, resulting in a most satisfying symbiosis. One could say the same about the playing of Vercammen and Ivanova, given how superbly each complements the other.”

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China tour with Dina Ivanova

Last week Merel Vercammen gave several concerts in Guangdong Province in China together with pianist Dina Ivanova on invitation by the Dutch Consulate in Guangzhou, the Province of Utrecht, and the Economic Board Utrecht.

The concert in Guangzhou was also the official Chinese premiere of Sprookjes by Mathilde Wantenaar. The audience included the German, Dutch, American and Turkish ambassadors/consul generals. Broadcast with interview will be on Guangzhou TV in December.

**** for The Zoo in De Volkskrant

“Interesting about this collection is that you hear time and again how two people start a conversation and how this results in something unique every time.”

“Het interessante aan de verzameling is dat je telkens weer hoort hoe twee mensen een gesprek met elkaar aangaan en hoe dat telkens weer iets unieks oplevert”

– Frits van der Waa, De Volkskrant ★★★★

**** in NRC & live on Radio 1

Review in Dutch newspaper NRC:

“Wat Vercammen hier presteert is zowel als project als in de uitwerking hoogst uitzonderlijk.” – Mischa Spel in NRC (11-09-2019)

And on Tuesday Merel was invited to play live improvisations at Dutch Radio 1. She performed two short improvisations with accordionist Wilco Oomkes in ‘Met het oog op morgen’, presented by Wilfried de Jong. The NOS wrote:

‘Improvisatie in de klassieke muziek, dat hoor je niet vaak. Violiste Merel Vercammen (30) brengt daar verandering in met haar nieuwe album The Zoo, dat volledig uit geïmproviseerde muziek bestaat. “Ik wil verrassing terugbrengen in het genre.” ‘

Furthermore, Alpha Audio attended the album release concert and wrote:

“een concert dat van begin tot einde spannend is en muzikaal van een ongekend niveau”