Diamanda La Berge Dramm (1991) grew up in Amsterdam, the Netherlands playing the violin since the age of four. Growing up among the leading figures of the Dutch classical, avant-garde and improvisation scene, her own concerts reflect all of these elements. At the age of thirteen, she premiered “Raadsels” by Louis Andriessen in the Concertgebouw for the opening of the Holland Festival 2005 and has gone on to perform internationally as a soloist, chamber music player and band member. In April 2018 Diamanda won the Dutch Classical Talent Tour & Award, the first ever string soloist to do so.
She has worked extensively with modern music luminaries such as Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier, Gunther Schuller, Chaya Czernowin, Garth Knox and George Benjamin. Recent performances include a collaboration in Florence with Georg Friedrich Haas and concerts in Brussels and London with avant-garde rock legend John Cale.
You can hear her on New World Records as a soloist on Burr van Nostrand’s Voyage in a White City, and on Tzadik Records with Anthony Coleman.
She completed her Bachelor of Music at the New England Conservatory in Boston with James Buswell and Nicholas Kitchen, and previously studied with Lex Korff de Gidts (Conservatory of Amsterdam). At graduation, she was awarded the John Cage Award for her contribution to new music.
Diamanda received her Masters of Music from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, studying with Vera Beths. She was awarded the Nicolai Prize for the most exceptional recital.
Current projects include the editing and premiering of a new series of violin studies by Garth Knox, and a duo with pianist Helena Basilova focusing on early 20th century Eastern European repertoire.
As a Splendor Founder she plays and hosts concerts regularly.
Splendor is a collective of 50 musicians, composers, and stage artists who transformed an old bathhouse in the heart of Amsterdam into a local cultural paradise.
Diamanda resides in Amsterdam. She plays on an Andreas Grütter bow (2015), and an Andranik Gaybaryan violin (2014), purchased with the generous support of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and the Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrumentenfonds.
“in fifteen minutes Dramm not only created the illusion that her violin is a living organism, but also bare footedly played bass drums and pedal organ, and then sang the macabre poem ‘Crossing the Water’ by Sylvia Plath – the final line of which (“This is the silence of astounded souls”) accurately reflecting the audience’s sentiments. That astonished silence gave way to Purcell’s famous Dido, in which her violin seemed to become human.”
“Diamanda has developed into an extremely intelligent and powerful musical character, and is a pleasure to work with.”
“The strength of her expressive force, her fine musicality and her extraordinary technical capacity created an exhilarating artistic result. Given this extraordinary artististry and maturity at her young age, I expect that a great future awaits her.”
Georg Friedrich Haas