Born in Utrecht in 1991 to a musical family, Amarins studied with Coosje Wijzenbeek at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and with Vera Beths at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In 2013 she moved to London to study with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama completing her Masters and Artist Diploma and Fellowship with distinction.
During her studies Amarins has won numerous awards including the RPS Emily Anderson Prize, 3rd Prize at the 2013 Dutch National Violin Competition Oskar Back, the Young Music Talent of the Year Prize in the Netherlands (2007), 1st Prize at the Davina van Wely (2005), Iordens Viooldagen (2004) and Princess Christina Competitions. She has participated in Open Chamber Music and masterclasses at IMS Prussia Cove, the International Holland Music Sessions, Kronberg Academy, the East Neuk Festival and Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. In 2017 Amarins was selected to perform at Wigmore hall during the finals of the Young Classical Artists Trust and together with her duo partner Edward Liddall she recently was a finalist in the 2019 Parkhouse Award at Wigmore Hall.
Recently Amarins has given a series of recitals at the Slovak Philharmonic Hall Bratislava, the Concertgebouw, and throughout the Netherlands as part of The International Holland Music Sessions Masters on Tour series. As a soloist she has performed Prokofiev’s Concerto No.2 at the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London, Vaughan Williams’s Lark Ascending at Cadogan Hall with the Mozart Symphony Orchestra, Brahms’s Concerto with the Westbourne Symphony Orchestra and Mozart’s 3rd Concerto with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra. Further afield she has given concerts in the USA and Indonesia.
A committed chamber musician, Amarins is first violinist in the Barbican Quartet. Formed in 2014 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Quartet has appeared at Wigmore Hall (Maisie Lewis Award), Barbican, Milton Court, Casa de Musica (Porto), the Harmos Festival (Portugal) and Ashmolean Museum Oxford. Recently they won the Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition in Weimar and are generously supported by the Hattori Foundation and the Royal Philharmonic Soceity. Over the last year they have taken part in ProQuartet’s training programme in Paris, and undertaken a residency in Snape Maltings. Since 2017 the Quartet have been studying at the Reina Sofia School in Madrid with Günther Pichler.
Amarins has taken part in masterclasses with Isabella van Keulen, Gerhard Schulz, Nikolaj Znaider, Viviane Hagner, Miriam Fried, Pamela Frank, Ference Rados, Andras Keller, Pierre Amoyal, Ivry Gitlis and Anner Bijlsma, among others. She plays on a Guadagnini violin from 1764 on loan from the National Music Instrument Foundation in Amsterdam.
The London based Barbican String Quartet is an exciting young ensemble quickly establishing themselves internationally. Claimed for their “gusto, comradeship and sharp attack” (The Times) and “blazing and unusually forthright performance” (The Telegraph) the quartet was formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and it consists of violinists Amarins Wierdsma and Tim Crawford, violist Christoph Slenczka and cellist Yoanna Prodanova.
First prize winners of the 2019 Joseph Joachim International Chamber Music Competition as well as the 2018 St Martin in the Fields Chamber Music Competition, the Barbican Quartet are Young Artists in the St John Smith’s Square scheme in 2020. They made their Wigmore Hall début on 2017 thanks to the Maisie Lewis Award, and were 2016 Park Lane Group artists. In 2018 the Royal Philharmonic Society awarded them the Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize.
The Barbican Quartet has appeared in such festivals as the Montreal International String Quartet Academy, IMS Prussia Cove, Harmos Festival, Portugal and also undertaken a residency in Aldeburgh in 2017. Their performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as a part of the Barbican Total Immersion and BBC Proms.
The Barbican quartet currently studies with Günter Pichler at the Reina Sofia String Quartet Academy in Madrid, and they regularly work with members of the Belcea quartet thanks to the Belcea Quartet Charitable Trust. Among their mentors are Alasdair Tait, Andras Keller, David Waterman, Ferenc Rados and Rita Wagner. They are very grateful to the Hattori Trust for their support, and to the Dutch Instrument Foundation for the use of Amarins' Guadagnini violin and the Canimex Group (Canada) for the loan of Yoanna’s Gagliano cello.