Antoinette Lohmann, baroque violin & viola, was born in Amsterdam in 1969 and grew up surrounded by Hungarian and Rumanian gypsy music. Her father played cymbalom and piano, her mother cello. Antoinette began violin and piano lessons at the age of eight and played the pan-flute every now and then.
In 1987 she began violin studies at the Sweelinck Conservatorium with Jean Louis Stuurop and viola with Esther van Stralen. The knowledge and interest of her violin teacher inspired her to begin studying baroque violin with Lucy van Dael. She also followed courses with Jaap Schröder, among others.
Antoinette has always been active in varied musical areas and her experience includes playing violin and viola in the Argentinian tango group Bailongo and performing with the well-known Argentinian bandoneon player Rodolfo Mederos. For many years Antoinette led a salon orchestra and performed with the well-known music-theatre group Flairck in the production 'Gouden Eeuw', in which she performed on violin, viola and viola d' amore. Equally at home playing contemporary music, Antoinette was a member of the Helios ensemble, with which she recorded the work of Dutch composers such as Tristan Keuris, Jaap Geraedts and Ludwig Otten. The latter dedicated to Antoinette two of his viola works which were published by Donemus.
Currently her repertoire stretches from the early seventeenth century to the late nineteenth century, and she has a special interest in performance on unusual instruments such as the viola d' amore, the tenor violin and the piccolo violin and has extensively explored their repertoire. At the moment Antoinette is immersed in study of the lira da braccio.
In recent years she has focussed primarily on chamber music. Together with pianist Vaughan Schlepp she recorded the complete sonatas for piano and violin by Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792) and Margarethe Danzi for Challenge Records. For Slot Zuylen Antoinette produced and recorded a CD featuring chamber music of Bella van Zuylen (Isabelle de Charrière) and, for the series 'Museum gifts', a CD featuring Dutch music of the early baroque. She has also made numerous recordings with chamber music groups including the Nederlandse Bachvereniging (formerly Cappella Figuralis), Ensemble Schönbrunn and island.
In addition Antoinette has performed in countless orchestras and ensembles, such as la Sfera Armoniosa, the Utrechts Barok Consort, Anima Eterna, Musica Temprana, Al Ayre Espanol, the Freiburger Barock Orchester and many others.
Antoinette teaches principal study Baroque violin and viola at the Utrecht Conservatorium of Music and loves garlic and cinnamon.
For more information visit http://www.antoinettelohmann.nl
(Antoinette Lohmann joins New Trinity Baroque for the first time in March of 2012, in the program "Baroque Concertos & Sacred Cantatas.")