Violin & Electric Violin
Amsterdam-based, American/Dutch violinist Monica Germino (USA/the Netherlands) is on the cutting edge of new music. Hailed by The Sunday Times (UK) as a ‘striking presence’ whose ‘virtuosity was exhilarating’, she has premiered innovative works in such venues as Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Centre, Alice Tully Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Mass MoCA, Le Poisson Rouge, Holland Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon, MITO Settembre Musica, Queensland Biennial Festival, Berliner Festspiele, and Lincoln Center. Highlights include solo appearances with London Sinfonietta, LA Philharmonic, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, MusikFabrik, and Oslo Sinfonietta. Monica is a co-founder of the international four-member ensemble ELECTRA, which commissions composers from all over the world. She has recorded for Attacca Records, Basta Music and BMOP, and on numerous discs with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble for Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch, and Philips.
Monica is challenging the violin’s conventional limits by creating innovative programs with a constantly expanding, eclectic repertoire for acoustic, electric, and adapted violins. Many composers have written pieces for her, including Louis Andriessen, Donnacha Dennehy, David Dramm, Heiner Goebbels, Annie Gosfield, Jacob TV, and Julia Wolfe. She has also worked with composers John Cage, Alvin Curran, Michael Daugherty, Michael Gordon, György Ligeti, and Christian Wolff. Since 2003, when she acquired a custom-made ‘Violectra,’ she has been exploring the limitless possibilities for the electric violin. The Observer (UK) praised ‘the dazzling violinist Monica Germino’ for her performances of new works combining singing and playing. Together with sound engineer Frank van der Weij, she has conceived and produced critically acclaimed multimedia programs worldwide, revolutionizing the concept of a solo violin recital by transforming sound, executing unconventional feats, and exploiting new technologies. In 2013, SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL chose the duo’s NYC performance for Reviewers’ Choices for Best Musical Events of 2013.
A versatile artist, Monica has performed with Europe’s leading dance and theatre companies, and broken barriers in exciting collaborations with choreographer Nanine Linning, dance group Club Guy & Roni, singer Cristina Zavalloni, pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, the band Electric Barbarian, and many others. Monica has led master classes and introduced new music in Vietnam, Canada, Australia, the United States, and throughout Europe. She was an artist-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music, University of Michigan, and Boston Conservatory, and has curated concerts at the Cornish College of the Arts, Birmingham Conservatoire, and the Robert Helps Festival. In 2009-2010, Monica Germino was appointed visiting professor of violin at the University of South Florida’s School of Music.
Monica Germino holds diplomas with honors from New England Conservatory and Yale University; her principal teachers were James Buswell, Syoko Aki, and the Tokyo String Quartet. She won the Charles Ives Scholarship, Yale Alumni Association Prize, and a Frank Huntington Beebe Grant for study with Vera Beths at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She plays a Joannes Baptista Ceruti violin (Cremona, 1802), on permanent loan from the Elise Mathilde Foundation. Check out her website at www.monicagermino.com