Marijke, a Chicago native and graduate of King’s College London, is a violist currently working on her Master’s of Performance with Jonathan Barritt at the Royal College of Music in London. Her current studies have led her to co-lead the RCM Symphony Orchestra and perform with the RCM Chamber Orchestra for Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in a special Opera Australia Gala. In addition she has worked with esteemed conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, John Wilson, Jac Van Steen, Ed Gardner, and Vladimir Jurowski. Outside of the college, Marijke can be seen regularly leading the Young Musician’s Symphony Orchestra and University of London Symphony Orchestra; and performing with the Orion Orchestra, Orchestra Vitae, London Beethoven Project, among others. She has played in many major London venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, and St. John’s Smith Square. In addition, she has performed in masterclasses with Ivo van der Werff, Jennifer Stumm, and Maxim Rysanov, in addition to attending Ivo van der Werff’s summer viola course in the Lake District.
An avid chamber musician, Marijke is also involved in a variety of smaller projects. Her pursuits include performing regularly with her trio comprising of flautist Alice Thompson and harpist Richard Allen. She has received coaching from the Sacconi Quartet, Anna Noakes and Gabriella Dall’Olio. Her interest in chamber music hasn’t stopped at performing: her undergraduate dissertation, supervised by Michael Fend, gained her a First at King’s College London and explored Beethoven’s Late Quartets in early Victorian London.