van Dongen, Antoine

van Dongen, Antoine

Education and Background

Antonie van Dongen holda a Bachelor’s of Music and Master of Music from the Sweelinck Conservatory of Music in Amsterdam; studied with Davina van Wely and Herman Krebbers, concertmaster of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He was Silver Medalist at the National Violin Competition Oskar Back in 1983, and a recipient of “the prize of the City Amsterdam” scholarship for the best interpretation of contemporary music, which enabled him to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Sandor Vegh. Antoine is a frequent participant in Master classes with the Beaux Arts Trio and the Guarneri Trio.

Mr. van Dongen has a distinguished career serving as a first violinist with the world famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from 1989 to 2004, and has worked closely with Leonard Bernstein, Antal Dorati, Carlo Maria Giulini, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bernard Haitink, Ricardo Chailly and Mariss Jansons.

In 1988-1989 van Dongen was first violinist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Chamber Orchestra “Per Musica” and the Dutch Bach Soloists. He played regularly with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and worked with Frans Bruggen and served as Concertmaster of the Dutch Baroque Ensemble.

From 2005 to 2013, Antoine was on the faculty at Wellesley College, New England Conservatory, MIT, the Walnut Hill School of Arts, and the Schlern International Music Festival, and gave master classes at the Longy School of Music. Mr. van Dongen joined the music faculty at UC Berkeley in September 2014.

Teaching Philosophy and Approach

Antoine helps young talents with their solo careers, through national and international violin competitions, entrance in orchestras, top music colleges, schools and universities. His students have been accepted into the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and other European orchestras.

“In my teaching philosophy I encourage all my students no matter which age, to eventually become his or her own teacher. Time management and efficient practicing along with developing critical self awareness will be designed for each individual student. Beautiful violin playing will be only achieved perfecting rhythmic control due to a natural posture and musical/emotional involvement.”