Honoring Margriet Tindemans
The Margriet Tindemans Early Strings Scholarship was established by Early Music America in 2018 to honor the life and work of the late Margriet Tindemans (1951-2014), a master of early stringed instruments and a shining figure in the field of early music. The biennial Scholarship provides support for specialized, advanced study outside North America that focuses on some aspect of Medieval, Renaissance, or Baroque bowed stringed instruments. The award will cover up to $25,000 in qualifying expenses.
The Scholarship will be awarded to the applicant whose proposal best demonstrates a balance of originality, versatility, depth and breadth of study, and personal dedication. These elements must also be evident in the applicant’s previous endeavors. Applicants must demonstrate a high degree of musical accomplishment in order to be considered.
2023-2024 Recipient: Alyssa Campbell
It is with great pleasure that we announce Alyssa Campbell as the recipient of the 2023 Margriet Tindemans Early Strings Scholarship.
Alyssa is an exceptionally talented baroque violinist whose studies next year will take her to The Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she will study baroque violin and viola with Enrico Gatti and Kati Debretzeni. Her primary focus will be on 16th and 17th century Italian music, and will include reading and practicing from historical diminution manuals “in order to develop the musical language of the time well enough to fluently improvise diminutions.” In order to do so more effectively, she will continue to study the Italian language while in The Hague. The Tindemans judges panel was also impressed with Ms. Campbell’s specific plans for incorporating her education and experiences abroad into her professional career upon her return to America.
Alyssa is from the Metro Detroit area and a recent graduate from The Juilliard School where she received her Masters Degree in Historical Performance. Prior to moving to New York City, Alyssa graduated with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Her primary instructors include Cynthia Roberts, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Robert Mealy, Aaron Berofsky, and Joseph Gascho.
She has performed at prominent music festivals, including the American Bach Soloists Academy, Chautauqua Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Academy, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. Additionally, in 2016 she co-founded the Detroit Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble dedicated to making classical music in the Detroit area accessible and relevant. As a baroque violinist, Alyssa focusses on music spanning the 16th to 19th centuries and aims to expand the field of early music to include works by composers that are underrepresented in the field.
With EMA’s Margriet Tindemans Scholarship, I will spend the next year living in The Netherlands and studying at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. This will allow me to not only focus on my own research efforts, but also learn from and absorb the musical culture in Europe as someone who has previously only studied in the United States. I am so grateful to EMA for making this scholarship available, and am excited to see what the next year holds!
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Applications for the 2025 Tindemans Early Strings Scholarship will available in Fall 2024.
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