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Biography Bob van der Ent

Bob van der Ent is one of the most prominent and versatile violinists in the Netherlands. He has been described by the press as “a highly gifted and virtuosic violinist with a beautifully spacious and rounded tone”. Bob van der Ent regularly appears in the Netherlands and elsewhere as both soloist and chamber musician, in concerts, at festivals and on radio and television.
His solo debut was at the age of 10, with the Netherlands Youth String Orchestra, and his debut appearance in the Main Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam took place in 2005.
In that same year, he was a prize winner at the Oskar Back National Violin Competition, having previously been a very young first prize winner at the Iordens Violin Days (the national competition for young violinists) and the Princess Christina Competition. He also won a special prize at the renowned international Wieniawski-Lipinski Competition. He entered the special Young Talent department of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam as one of its youngest students, where he studied firstly with Jan Repko and Davina van Wely and then with Vesko Eschkenazy, while having additional tuition from Herman Krebbers. While still a student, he was chosen for masterclasses with internationally famous violinists including Pierre Amoyal, Shmuel Ashkenasi and Ivry Gitlis.

As a passionate advocate for Dutch composers of the 19th and early 20th centuries who have all but disappeared into the mists of obscurity, the first CD he issued, through Aliud Records, was of Dutch violin sonatas. His CD of the Paganini caprices also appeared on the same label in 2015, making him the first Dutch violinist of his generation to have recorded all 24 Paganini caprices.
Bob van der Ent is also a teacher and gives lessons to talented young musicians in Amsterdam.

Click on the play-button above to listen to Bach air from orchestral suite no. 3 arr. For violin and organ played by Bob van der Ent (violin) and Henk Trommel (organ).

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