B i o g r a p h y
Dutch virtuoso Carla de Kleuver-Leurs began her violin studies at the age of 6. One year later, she was invited to perform for the Queen of the Netherlands in a concert broadcasted on national televison. Ms. Leurs entered the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague at the age of 14 and furthered her musical education at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, as a student of Itzhak Perlman and Donald Weilerstein.
Carla was awarded both the First Prize and the coveted Audience Award at the Tibor Varga International Competition in Sion, Switzerland (2001), as well as the first prize at the International “Jean Francaix Competition” in Paris (2006). Other notable awards include prizes at “Isang Yun” Gyeongnam Competition in South Korea, Nuri Iyicil Competition in Turkey, The American String Teachers Competition, the Dutch National Violin Competition and the Juilliard Mozart Concerto Competition prize that culminated in her New York debut with the Juilliard Symphony.
After winning the national edition of the Princess Christina Competition in 1993, she was invited to play Bruch's violin concerto the Netherlands Youth Orchestra. Her first orchestral debut at age 11 was together with violinist Janine Jansen in Vivaldi's concerto. Since then she has performed with orchestras throughout Europe, Russia, Asia and the US. Highlights include Shostakovich first Violin Concerto at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with Maestro Vassily Sinaisky, Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Sol Gabetta, Paganini’s first Violin Concerto at the Meistersingerhalle in Nürnberg as well as on tour in the USA and Mozart's 4th Concerto with Maestro Carlos Kalmar at New York's Lincoln Center and a reconstruction of the first performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Netherlands Symphony and Jan Willem de Vriend. She performed in the “Artist International Debut Series” in Carnegie Hall, as well as the “New Masters on Tour” Series in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tallinn, Estonia. She appears regularly at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Carla has performed at many of the world’s leading music festivals including Verbier (Switzerland), the Geneva Summer Festival, the Tibor Varga Festival, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Bayreuth Festival, the Sakharov Festival (Russia) as well as the first “Perlman Chamber Music Program” in New York. She played chamber music with well-known artists such as violinists Vilde Frang and Liza Ferschtman, cellists Sol Gabetta and Nicolas Alstaedt, pianist Alxander Madzar and flautist Jacques Zoon.
Carla has been for years concertmaster of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. Before this she held leading positions with the Sinfonieorchester Basel in Switzerland, with Dennis Russel Davies as chief conductor, as well as the Radio Chamber Philharmonic under the direction of Jaap van Zweden. She appeared as guest concertmaster with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Les Solistes Européen, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra as well as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago de Chile, working with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Osmo Vänskä.
Besides playing, Carla enjoys teaching very much and regularly is invited for masterclasses. Carla is a professor at the Conservatory of Utrecht.
The outstanding instrument being used by Carla is a violin of Nicholas Lupot of Paris (1808) on loan from the National Musical Instrument Foundation in Amsterdam. They also provide her with a bow by D. Peccatte as well as the use of their baroque and classical bow collection.