BIOGRAPHY

 Mona Verhas, born in 1997, started playing the violin at the age of 4.

She studied with Erik Sluys at the Music Academy of Anderlecht, finished her Bachelor degree with Prof. Alissa Margulis at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and is currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, with Prof. Erik Schumann.

Mona attended masterclasses with a.o. Midori Goto, Pavel Vernikov, Dora Schwarzberg, Renaud Capucon, Jan Talich, Philippe  Graffin, Julia Fischer, Barnabas Kelemen, Miriam Fried, Alexeï Moshkov, Eberhard Feltz and Marc Danel.

She has already won several prizes: First Prize at 'The International Soloist Competition' Cièza, twice First Laureate 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 and finalist at the 'International Ysaÿe Competition', Liège and the 'Vieuxtemps Competition, Verviers.

 

Mona has got many opportunities to play with orchestra since a young age: with 'Brussels Sinfonietta' in Flagey Hall Brussels and Brussels Conservatory Hall, with '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, a.o.

Mona is active as a soloist and chambermusician: recitals at the 'Festival East Flanders’; concerts with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra; concerts with musicians as Alissa Margulis, Alexander Buzlov, Diana Ketler, Razvan Popovici, Lily Maisky, Justus Grimm; concerts at the 'Arte Amanti Festival’, the 'B-Classic Festival Vlaanderen’, the Festival 'Pietrasanta In Concerto with 'Brussels Chamber Orchestra' and Gilles Apap, the Rheingau Music Festival, the festival 'Brussels Chopin Days'; concerts at 'Euterpe Vzw’ and duoconcert with cellist Paul Heyman at BOZAR Brussels. She has her own stringquartet 'Sonoro Quartet', they are studying at the Orpheus Institute Ghent and the Netherlands String Quartet Academy Amsterdam.

Regularly she plays with the orchestra 'Le Concert Olympique' in venues a.o. the Philharmonie Berlin and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

 

Mona plays a violin by François Pique, 1805, Paris (France).

  

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