Mona Verhas is a Belgian violinist, born in 1997.
Mona started playing the violin at the age of 4. Her very first teacher was Koen Rens and afterwards she studied with Erik Sluys at the Music Academy of Anderlecht. In 2013, Mona was accepted to the Young Talent Class at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp with Prof. Alissa Margulis, where she completed her Bachelor Studies as well. In 2018 she was accepted to study at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main with Prof. Erik Schumann, where she succeeded her Master Studies. Currently she is still studying Konzertexamen/Solistenklasse in Frankfurt with Prof. Erik Schumann.
Mona attended numerous masterclasses with great masters such as Midori Goto, Pavel Vernikov, Miriam Fried, Dora Schwarzberg, Renaud Capucon, Jan Talich, Philippe Graffin, Julia Fischer, Barnabas Kelemen, Alexeï Moshkov, Eberhard Feltz, Josef Kluson, Gilles Millet, Marc Danel, Heime Müller, and many others.
Mona won the First Prize at 'The International Soloist Competition' Cièza, twice First Prize at the 'Soloist Competition Youth and Music' Antwerp, Second Prize at the 'International Knopf Competition' Düsseldorf, First Prize and the Public Prize at the 'Rotary Breughel Competition' Brussels, First Prize at the 'Belfius Classics Competition' Brussels, a Förderpreis at the Chambermusic Competition 'Polytechnischer Wettbewerb HfMDK Frankfurt' and finalist at the 'International Ysaÿe Competition', Liège and the 'Vieuxtemps Competition, Verviers. With her string quartet Sonoro Quartet, she won the 3rd Prize and 2 Special Prizes at the Bartok World Competition in Budapest.
Since a young age, she has got many opportunities to play as a soloist with orchestra. She performed with 'Brussels Sinfonietta' in Flagey Hall (Brussels) and Brussels Conservatory Hall, with orchestra 'Prima La Musica' in De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussels), with 'Oost Vlaams Symfonisch Orkest' (OVSO), with 'AMAJ Jong Symphonic Antwerp' at deSingel, Antwerp and AMUZ, Antwerp, with Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles, with GUSO, a.o.
Mona is active as a soloist, chambermusician and orchestramusician. She has played many recitals or chambermusic concerts on festivals such as the 'Festival East Flanders’, the 'Arte Amanti Chamber Music Festival’, the 'B-Classic Festival Vlaanderen’, the Festival 'Pietrasanta In Concerto', the Rheingau Music Festival, 'Brussels Chopin Days'; 'Klassiek Leeft' Knokke, the Young Generation Concerts at BOZAR Brussels, and many more.
She played in orchestras such as the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, the Brussels Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra of De Munt/La Monnaie and regularly she plays with the orchestra 'Le Concert Olympique' in venues as the Philharmonie Berlin, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Elbphilarmonie Hamburg and Konzerthaus Vienna.
Mona recently won the audition for Assistant-Principal 2nd Violin at the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and will start her trial in September 2022.
Together with violinist Jeroen De Beer, cellist Paul Heyman and violist Seamus Hickey, Mona founded her own stringquartet 'Sonoro Quartet' in 2019. As a prize winner of the Bartók World competition 2021 in Budapest, and playing on national and international stages, Sonoro Quartet is one of the most promising string quartets of the young generation. They are currently studying at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy in Amsterdam (NSKA) where they have lessons and masterclasses with renowned professors such as members of the Danel Quartet, Quatuor Ebène and Eberhard Feltz. The quartet is mainly studying with Marc Danel and Gilles Millet, and was also coached by Heime Müller, founder of the Artemis Quartet. Despite the fact they are a relatively young ensemble, Sonoro Quartet already made a name for itself and played on numerous stages. Previous and future engagements include concerts in venues such as Amuz and deSingel in Antwerp, De Bijloke in Ghent, Bozar in Brussels, Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Liszt Academy, Bartók Memorial House en Auer Festival in Hungary, Festival Midis-Minimes, B- Classic-Festival and West-Cork Chamber Music Festival. Sonoro Quartet also played the première of the first string quartet by Eric Domenech on the Beethoven Festival 2020 in Bonn, which was recorded for the SWR Television. Sonoro Quartet’s performances have also been broadcasted by Klara (Belgian national radio), RTE (Irish national radio) and the Hungarian national radio and television. For the season 2021-2022 Sonoro Quartet plays, next to important debut concerts, a tour in Ireland with masterworks by Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven and Bartók, and a project around the composer César Franck, celebrating his 200th birthday with a concert tour around Belgium. For the season of 2023 they will also have a tour in Switzerland and in New-Zealand. Next to the big repertoire for string quartet, Sonoro Quartet works together with contemporary composers, and find it also important to bring lesser-known works from the past to the concert hall.
Mona plays a violin by François Pique, 1805, Paris (France).