Amsterdam-based, American / Dutch violinist Monica Germino has commissioned and premiered innovative works for performance in leading venues and festivals worldwide. Highlights include solo appearances with London Sinfonietta, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Asko | Schönberg, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, MusikFabrik, and Oslo Sinfonietta in venues and at festivals including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Mass MoCA, Le Poisson Rouge, Holland Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon, Berliner Festspiele, and Lincoln Center. Ms. Germino has recorded for Attacca Records, Basta Music, BMOP, Cantaloupe Music, New Amsterdam Records, and with Asko | Schönberg for Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch, and Philips.
Ms. Germino is challenging the violin’s conventional limits by creating innovative programs with a constantly expanding, eclectic repertoire. Among the many composers who have written works for her are Louis Andriessen, Donnacha Dennehy, David Dramm, Heiner Goebbels, Michael Gordon, Annie Gosfield, David Lang, Missy Mazzoli, Jacob TV, Julia Wolfe, and Robert Zuidam. She has also worked with Michel van der Aa, Martin Bresnick, John Cage, Alvin Curran, Michael Daugherty, György Ligeti, and Christian Wolff. She often sings and plays simultaneously, and has commissioned a significant repertoire for singing violinists.
A versatile artist, Ms. Germino has performed with Europe’s leading dance and theater companies, and has smashed barriers in collaborations with choreographer Nanine Linning, singer Cristina Zavalloni, pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, and many others. She co-founded the international ensemble ELECTRA and now serves as its artistic advisor. Together with sound designer Frank van der Weij, she has revealed new possibilities for solo violin and presented multimedia programs worldwide; the duo has worked with adventurous composers, often using amplification, effects, and intense distortion to alter, fracture, and multiply the voice of the violin. Ms. Germino’s latest solo program, MUTED, is a collective composition by Gordon, Lang, Wolfe, and Andriessen that features violin, voice, frame violins, whisperviolin, hundreds of mutes, and light design.
Monica Germino holds diplomas with honors from New England Conservatory and Yale University, and she won a Frank Huntington Beebe Grant to study at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She plays a Joannes Baptista Ceruti violin, on permanent loan from the Elise Mathilde Foundation, along with a custom-made Violectra and an assortment of unusual violins.
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