Emmy Storms studied violin at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Jaring Walta and completed both Bachelor’s and Master’s programs with a ten and distinction. She continued her studies with Philippe Graffin in Brussels.
Emmy won prizes at several competitions, including the Princess Christina Competition, Iordens Viooldagen and Davina van Wely Competition. In both 2009 and 2011 she was laureate at the Oskar Back National Violin Competition. At the latter competition she was also awarded the NTR prize for compulsory work. She also received the Anton Kersjes Prize and played Korngold’s violin concerto as ‘Artist in Residence’ during the Muziekzomer of the National Youth Orchestra, where she was previously concertmaster. In the summer of 2014, together with pianist Cynthia Liem, with whom she forms the Magma Duo, she won first prize at the Sion Festival 2014 (Switzerland). In May 2015, the Magma Duo was a finalist of the Dutch Classical Talent Award. Emmy recently won the GrachtenfestivalPrijs 2019. As part of this award she will be ‘Artist in Residence’ of the Grachtenfestival 2020.
In addition, Emmy plays in the Trio Suleika and various types of folk music, such as Irish fiddle, Jewish klezmer, tango and gypsy music have her special interest. She plays South American and Irish folk music and has a folk music group ‘Looking for Matthew’. Emmy has been concertmaster of the Ciconia Consort since its inception.
Emmy plays on a violin by Ferdinando Gagliano, made in Naples ca. 1778, donated to her by the National Musical Instruments Fund.