"...The Dutch violinist impressed not only with her flawless technique and intensity of tone, but also with her mastery of a broad palette of expressive means..." Rheinische Post
Born and bred in The Hague (The Netherlands), the young Frederieke started her violin education with StienekeVoorhoeve according to the Suzuki method. After entering the Royal Conservatoire in her hometown at age thirteen, she studied consecutively with professors Mireille van der Wart, Lex Korff de Gidts, Peter Brunt and JaringWalta. Scholarships allowed her to attend additional masterclasses by Herman Krebbers and Boris Kuschnir.
During her study in The Hague, Saeijs won prizes at the Princess Christina Competition, National Violin Competition Oskar Back, Vriendenkrans Competition of the Concertgebouw, the Elisabeth Everts Prize, Georges Enescu International Violin Competition and the Grachtenfestival Conservatoire Competition.
After completing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with the highest marks and a special distinction for ‘creative musicality’, FrederiekeSaeijs continued studying the violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington (USA) with professor Mauricio Fuks. She concluded her study years with the Performer Diploma, Artist Diploma and was given the Performer’s Certificate ‘in recognition of outstanding musical performance.’
While studying in Bloomington, Saeijs won the International Violin Competition Long-Thibaud in Paris. Besides the First Grand Prize, she was awarded extra prizes for the best interpretations of the violin concerto and the mandatory contemporary work. Also she received special distinctions from the Orchestre National de France and the Conservatoires of Paris.
As a result, she received concert invitations from all over the world.
Saeijs’s engagements as a soloist have included those with prestigious orchestras such as the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Britten Sinfonia, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Dortmund Philharmoniker, Orchestre National de France, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
She worked with such inspiring conductors as Jonathan Darlington, Antony Hermus, Neëme Järvi, Oliver Knussen, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi, Friedemann Layer, AleksandarMarkovic, Christoph Poppen, VassilySinaiski, Vladimir Spivakov and Jaap van Zweden.
Passionate about chamber music, Saeijs has joined with pianist Nino Gvetadze and cellist Maja Bogdanovic to form the Arosa Trio, which performs in such distinguished venues as the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and Tonhalle, Dusseldorf. She also regularly plays with colleagues and friends at international chamber music festivals.
One of the highlights in her career was her encounter with former Queen Beatrix during the award ceremony of the ZilverenAnjer awards at Noordeinde Palace. The conversation she had after her performance with the Queen inspired Frederieke to set up a chamber music and dance project together with others, including Zapp4 (a modern string quartet).
FrederiekeSaeijs was Artist in Residence at the Dr. Anton Philips Hall (The Hague) and during the NJO Music Summer (Gelderland) in The Netherlands. To the Canadian Festival of the Sound she was invited as Stockey Young Artist.
Ms Saeijs performed live for Radio France in Montpellier and Paris; for Radio Suisse Romande in Switzerland, and for Radio 3 and 4 in The Netherlands.
Moreover, producer Siety Boerhave made a short documentary about Saeijs’s passion for the violin, which was broadcast by NTR television in her home country.
Saeijs's recording of sonatas by Ravel, Respighi and Granados, recorded for Naxos with Maurice Lammerts van Bueren (piano), received enthusiastic reviews: ‘Her playing has the power to move you and make you want to hear more' (International Record Review).
Her recent recording of the sonatas for solo violin by Eugene Ysaee, recorded for Linn Records, was described by Gramophone as follows: 'Saeijs's is a memorable interpretation. She smoothly negotiates the works' fiendish challenges without once compromising her lustrous tone.'
In addition to performing, Saeijs enjoys mentoring new talent.She has acted as a main subject teacher at both the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and the Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio in Madrid. Furthermore, she taught masterclasses in Germany, Spain,Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands and the USA.
For the German organization Rhapsody in School she has regularly visited German elementary and secondary schools to teach and play together with the students.
Also, she served as a member of the jury at the Princess Christina Competition and the Davina van Wely Violin Competition in The Netherlands.
‘To me,' she says, ‘it is vital to pass on the spirit. Not only the passion I have for my profession, but also the craft itself, and every aspect of it.'
Frederieke plays on the unique ‘Ex-Reine-Elisabeth’ violin, crafted by Pietro Guarneri (Venice, 1725), which was given on loan to her by the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.
Praised for “genuinely memorable performance” by BBC Music Magazine, pianist Miki Aoki iswidely recognised for her diverse abilities as pianist and as a collaborative artist. Ms. Aokicombines her career performing solo recitals and chamber music, with working alongside youngstring players. Ms. Aoki is currently appointed as senior lecturer at Graz University for Music andthe Performing Arts, in Austria. Additionally Ms. Aoki frequently plays for the prestigious KronbergAcademy as staff pianist.
Ms. Aoki is recording exclusively for German Label HunsslerProfil. Her debut album of ZoltanKodaly's piano works was released in the fall of 2011 and won critical acclaim. The second CD,The Belyayev Project, featuring fascinating compositions varying from solo piano works by Liadow,Glazunov and Blumenfeld to the piano Trio by Rimsky-Korsakov was released in 2013. TheFanfare Magazine praised it as “graceful, expressive and transparent performance” and TheEnsemble Magazine (Germany) wrote, “…pianist Miki Aoki interprets magically”.
Her most recent CD, Melancoliewas just released in May 2016.
A frequent guest artist of prestigious concert series and festivals around the world, Ms. Aoki hasperformed on the stages of St. Martin-in-the Fields, St. John’s Smith Square, the Royal FestivalHall and the Purcell Room at South Bank Centre, the Barbican centre, Blackheath Halls (UK),Laeizhalle Hamburg, GasteigMunchen, Philharmonie Essen, Beethovenssal Hannover (Germany),Philia Hall, Munetsugu Hall (Japan), Wiener-Saal (Austria), St-Petersburg Philharmonic Hall(Russia) as well as in festivals such as Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, SalzburgerFestspiele,Rheingau Festival (Germany), Menuhin Festival Gstaad (Switzerland), International ChamberMusic Festival Silver Lyre (Russia), Beaulieu-sur-la Mer (France), Valdres Festival (Norway),Copenhagen Summer Music Festival (Denmark), Tembi Festival (Indonesia), Phnom PenhInternational Music festival (Cambodia) and International Classical Music Festival. (Myanmar).
Ms. Aoki has performed as soloist with National Symphony, London Soloist Chamber Orchestra,Hamburg Camerata and Washington Sinfonietta. The legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman invited Ms.Aoki to his Chamber Music festival in Long Island, USA in 2006.!
Ms Aoki's performances have been broadcast on NDR-North German Radio, RBB-Radio Berlin Brandenburg, BR Classics, WDR, Hessischer Rundfunk, Radio Suisse Romande, ORF Austria, Radio France, 98.7 WFMT Chicago, MPR Classic and ABC Classic FM Australia and BBC Radio 3.
Highlights of the current season include a solo tour in South Africa as well as chamber musicperformances at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya, and a solorecital at Philia Hall Yokohama. Later in the season, Ms. Aoki will make her Mexico debut with Orquesta Sinfenica del Estado de Mexico under maestro Enrique Butiz . A Re-engagement to St.Petersburg Philharmonic Hall with violinist Frederieke Saeijsis scheduled for October 2017.
Highlights of the previous season saw Ms. Aoki in the Winners&Masters Series at Gasteig Munichwith violinist Iskandar Widjaja as well as in the EssenerJugendstil Series at Essen Philharmonie.Ms. Aoki also returned to her native country of Japan for a solo tour in major cities including Tokyo,Yokohama, Osaka and Kobe. Other highlights included recital with Noah Bendix-Balgley (1stconcertmaster of Berlin Philharmonic) and live radio broadcast recital at PianoForte Foundation in Chicago.
As a collaborative pianist Ms. Aoki has been invited by International Summer Academy MozarteumSalzburg, Mattheiser Sommer-Akademie Bad Sobernheim, International Summer Academy BadLeondfelden, International Mendelssohn Summer School, International Violin Masterclasses at Kronberg Academy and KONTUREN Bruhl. Ms. Aoki regularly plays for masterclasses ofinternationally renowned musicians including Yuri Bashmet, Christoph Eschenbach, ChristianTetzlaff, MaximVengerov and Tabea Zimmermann.
Ms. Aoki started playing the piano at age 4 and moved to London at age 9 where she joined the Purcell School of Music. She holds degrees from Indiana University and Yale University. In 2007Ms. Aokiobtained a distinction in the Konzertexamen degree at Hochschule for Musik und Theater Hamburg.(Mit Auszeichnung). Her main teachers were Roshan Magub, James Gibb, Reiko Neriki, GyorgySebek, Boris Berman and Evgeni Koroliov.