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Kim White

violin | viola

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“It is a journey into the lives of people with the same need to make music, except they lived 400 years earlier.”

After graduating from her studies with Maarten Veeze at the conservatory of Alkmaar, Kim White worked as a freelance violinist for a couple of years and came to specialing in early music. She studied the baroque violin and viola with Francois Fernandez and Sophie Gent and enjoyed masterclasses with Susanne Scholz, Stefano Montanari and Sigiswald Kuijken. Currently Kim plays in orchestras and ensemble such as Barokensemble Eik en Linde, Capella Maria Barbara and Collegium Musicum Den Haag. Apart from music: Kim has a master’s degree in psychology and is currently working as a PhD candidate at the National Aerospace Laboratory and the VU University on a project about noise annoyance.

How did you come to start playing music?
After 3 years, my parents got sick of singing the same book with children's songs 5 times a day

What made you start baroque music?
I realised that baroque music moves me more than other types of beautiful music.

What is special about historically informed performance?
It is a journey into the lives of people with the same need to make music, except they lived 400 years earlier.

What does Amsterdam mean to you?
It's home.

Who or what inspires you when you play?
Beauty. The search of that moment where you feel true beauty and you just know the audience feels it too.

What makes a performance?
It's a total of good music and a vibe that you can only hope to find that day. 

If you were not a musician, what would be your chosen profession?
Doctor.

Why are you a musician? What can music give us?
I don't know, I just couldn't not be serious about it. Music is a mood regulator. It can bring you to experience deep sorrow and great happiness. In that way it's a kind of drug.

What do you do when you are not playing your instrument?
Watching tv.