Femke Huizinga had already gained an MA degree in philosophy in 2007 when her career took an unexpected turn: her love for gut strings and music making could no longer be resisted. This led her to complete a BA in Music with distinction in Utrecht in 2012, studying the baroque violin and viola with Antoinette Lohmann.
Femke is a remarkably communicative and sensitive musician. Her inquiring mind and eagerness to develop took her to numerous summer courses and masterclasses throughout Europe, specialising further in historically informed performance with various experts such as Elizabeth Wallfisch, John Holloway, Thomas Albert, Richard Gwilt, Anton Steck and Josue Melendez.
As an experienced freelancer, she performs regularly on violin and viola with renowned orchestras such as the Nederlandse Bach Vereniging, Anima Eterna, The Northern Consort and La Sfera Armoniosa (Mike Fentross). In 2011 she was principal viola player in the European Union Baroque Orchestra (Lars Ulrik Mortensen, a.o.) Between 2015 and 2017 she was selected for a Young Bach Fellowship with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging.
Femke’s core motivation is the on-stage freedom of musical interaction. Thus she is an active chamber musician, being a founding member of several chamber music groups: string trio Gesto Antico is a spicy combination of Spanish, Dutch, and English players and focusses on early classical repertoire. Duo La Corella, explores the wonderful world of seventeenth century repertoire, and a dulcian is regularly added to the duo. Over the years these ensembles have been invited to perform in early music festivals in Utrecht, Dordrecht, Saintes,Trieste and Antwerpen.
Furthermore Femke is interested in experimenting with new ways to reach an audience and optimizing the social value that music has in society. She organises these events with her Arcade Ensemble, an innovative orchestra which pursues to touch the lives of present-day listeners.
Femke also continues teaching the violin privately, as it provides valuable mutual insights into performing, learning and teaching.