Rie Kimura is a baroque violinist from Japan. She won the 2010 Premio Bonporti Baroque Violin Competition in Italy where she was also awarded the public prize. Her solo violin playing has been praised for it’s ‘strong personality imbued with expression and rhetoric’ (The Strad), whilst her outstanding skills as a chamber musician mean that she is a violinist very much in demand. Alongside Fantasticus, Rie plays regularly with the likes of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium Japan, Apollo Ensemble and De Nederlandse Bachvereniging.
In Japan Rie studied baroque violin with Keiko Watanabe and Paul Hererra. She continued her studies with Lucy van Dael at the Amsterdam Conservatory where she graduated ‘cum laude’. She has won numerous prizes throughout her career including the top prize in the 2008 Yamanashi Early Music Competition (Japan) and various ensemble prizes at the Bruges and Amsterdam Early Music Competitions.
‘Baroque violinist Rie Kimura performs with striking flair and musicianship’
‘Rie Kimura commands a warm and husky gut-string sound, animating the tone so effectively’
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