Ilja Venema

Ilja Venema started her violin study with Ilona Sie Dhian Ho in 2012 as a member of the Young Talent Class of the Prins Claus Conservatory of Groningen. Later she started her degree in Biomedical Technologies at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. She obtained her bachelor of science in 2019, writing a thesis about perceived emotional intensity in musicians and non-musicians. In 2019 she started the master Biomedical Engineering at the TU Delft. One year later she finished her bachelor of violin cum laude and started the pre-master of violin at the Royal Conservatory Den Haag where she studies with Peter Brunt.

Ilja was a member of orchestra Morgenstond, were she organized a project for primary school children.


Why do I join the Classic Expression Research Group

I joined the Classic Expression Research Group because I hope to contribute to the knowledge about performance techniques that can help reaching broader audiences in a meaningful way. As a violinist I have always used storytelling in my own interpretations, which has helped me to connect to the music and give it a larger structure. Now I want to investigate the effect of storytelling on the audience to see if it makes them connect more intensely with the music as well. Hopefully this research will give insight in the way audiences listen to music in concerts. Then that knowledge can be used by me and others in concerts that reach out to young or new listeners.