Dutch violinist Yvonne Smeulers is considered an outstanding member ot the young generation of violinists of her country. Critics have praised her as 'stunning', 'an expressive artist' and as 'technically perfect as well as completely natural and elegant.'
Yvonne Smeulers was a prize-winner at the Rodolfo Lipizer Competition in Gorizia, Italy, in 2004, where she was awarded special prizes for her interpretations of Prokofieff's F Minor Sonatat and Strawinsky's Concerto. Earlier that year she had already won four prizes at the Warsaw Violin Solo Competition, among which the special Tadeusz Wronski Prize, as well as prizes awarded for her artistry, her rendering of Bach and also the audience prize. The jury report praised her captivating personality and her artistic expression. In 2003, Yvonne had won the Marguerite Meister Competition in Zurich and took prizes at the Nagoya International Violin Competition (Japan).
Yvonne Smeulers is much in demand as a violinist in her homeland and abroad. Since she made her début at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw as a 10-year old she has performed in many concert halls in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Switserland. In 2007 she performed with the Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, the Lübecker Philharmoniker and played in Lucerne's famous KKL with the Musikkollegium Winterthur under the baton of Howard Griffiths, after which she was invited to play again with them in 2009. She has also performed as soloist with the Haarlem and Maastricht Philharmonics as well as with the Orchestra of the Royal Dutch Air Force, playing concertos from Bach through Beethoven to Shostakovich.
Yvonne Smeulers studied with Herman Krebbers, Zakhar Bron and Shmuel Ashkenasi in Amsterdam, Zurich and Lübeck respectively and followed master classes with Igor Oistrakh, Ida Haendel and Ruggiero Ricci.
Since 1997, Yvonne has formed a succesful duo with pianist Sander Sittig. They won the Gubbio Chamber Music Competition (Italy) and recorded three CDs. Their recording of compositions by Prokofieff, Tartini, Ysaÿe and Tchaikovsky was praised by Dutch music monthly Luister for its 'sublime ensemble'and 'intense passion'. In 2007 they released a double CD with music by Czech composers which also provoked raving reactions from press and audiences.
Yvonne is playing a 1785 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, on a generous loan to her by an anonymous benefactor.