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Bob van der Ent (1982)

Is one of the most prominent and versatile Dutch violinists. The press describes him as " a very gifted and virtuous violinist with a beautifull broad and rounded tone"

In 2005 he was prize winner at the National Violin Competition Oscar Back, after winning the first prize at a young age at the Iordens Viooldagen (the national competition for young violinists) and winning the Princess Christina Competition.

He received the Diplome d'Honneur at the renowned international Wieniawsky-Lipinsky competition in Poland.

As one of the youngest students he was admitted to the special department of young talent of the Amsterdam Conservatory. He studied there with Jan Repko and Vesko Eschkenazy (leader of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) and received also lessons from Herman Krebbers and Davina van Wely.

During his studies he was selected for master classes with internationally renowned violinists such as Donald Weilerstein, Louise Behrend (Juilliard School, New York), Eduard Grach (Moscow Conservatory), Pierre Amoyal and Ivry Gitlis. After auditions, he was also admitted to the course at the Mozarteum in Salzburg by Shmuel Ashkenazy (primarius of the famous Vermeer Quartet).

As a soloist he performs both in the Netherlands and abroad.

At the age of 10, he had already made his debut as soloist with the Dutch Youth String Orchestra conducted by Roland Kieft, after which he performed as soloist in violin concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch, Dvorák, Lalo, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Wieniawsky.

In 2005 he made his debut in the main hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam under the baton of Jurjen Hempel.

He is also a much sought after chamber musician at venues and festivals in the Netherlands and abroad with a very broad repertoire ranging from early baroque to contemporary composers.

He is regularly heard on radio and television.

He  plays on a freelance basis regurlarly in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra.

He is an active advocate for special Dutch composers from the 19th century, who have unjustly been forgotten. His debut CD with Dutch violin sonatas by these composers, released by the label "Aliud Records" is internationally successful and was proclaimd CD of the month in March 2013 by Opusklassiek.