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Ursula Skaug

Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (The Netherlands)
Ursula Skaug (1997) received a broad musical training; next to violin and piano lessons, she was a member of the Musicanti concert choir at the Academy of Vocal Arts in The Hague. She started learning the viola with Julia Dinerstein at the Hellendaal Violin Institute in Rotterdam, and currently studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Mikhail Zemtsov. She had masterclasses with (among others) Jennifer Stumm, Francien Schatborn, Asdis Valdimarsdottir, Gavriel Lipkind, Alexander Zemtsov, Geneviève Strosser, Isabelle van Keulen and Nobuko Imai. Ursula received the main prize at the Maassluise Muziekweek, the first prize at the Britten Altvioolconcours 2013 and a second prize at the Prinses Christina Concours 2016 Rotterdam. She had solo appearances with the Concerto Grosso Ensemble, Britten Youth String Orchestra and the Delft Symphony Orchestra. Ursula is experienced in chamber music, having participated in the yearly Chamber Music Atelier Delft, where she was coached by Vera Beths, Dmitry Ashkenazy, Benzion Shamir and Edith van Moergastel. In October 2016 she premiered a work for solo viola by Sebastian Diakakis Nilo at the International Viola Congress in Cremona. Ursula plays on a Daniël Royé viola built for her in 2017.