Symbiosis ended on number 27 in the top 40 best albums (all genres) of 2019 at Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant! Billie Eilish became the number one. Congratulations to everyone who added beautiful new music and new recordings to the world in 2019 and Happy New Year to all!
To add even more good news: Symbiosis also ended up in the album top 10 at Basia con fuoco!
Merel improvised on Dutch Radio 4 channel with cellist Maya Fridman in the programme NTR Podium. They took the same free improvisation approach as on the album The Zoo. Check out the video of their live performance:
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.”
Merel Vercammen & Wilco Oomkes played live improvisations (free improvisation with no prior agreement, just like on the album The Zoo) on Dutch TV show “Vrije Geluiden“. Watch one of the improvisations here:
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.
Violinist Merel Vercammen graduated with highest distinction from the Royal College of Music in London and was a prize winner of the London Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition and the Dutch National Competition for Young Music Talent. Merel also completed a Master of Science in Music, Mind and Brain and is currently living in The Netherlands.