Melissa Venema at the 2008 Vrijthof in Maastricht
April 12, 1995 |
Melissa started playing recorder at age 6 and moved to trumpet by age 8. When she was 10, she auditioned successfully at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, training under Frits Damrow, a world-famous trumpeter. She has since performed in numerous public broadcasts including an internationally-broadcast performance of Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.
Melissa has won several awards over the years, with more recent achievements including taking third place at the Chicago International Brass Festival and several prizes in the Princess Christina Competition. In 2010, she received the Encouragement Prize of Culture of the City Zaanstad. She has also worked with the violinist André Rieu.
- "Melissa bij André Rieu en zijn Johann Strauss-orkest" (in Dutch). De Zaankanter. 2008-03-19. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
- "Zaanstad prijst trompettiste Melissa" (in Dutch). WebRegio.nl. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
- "Nieuwe cd Melissa Venema" (in Dutch). De Krommenieër. 2009-06-17. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
- "Melissa from the Heart". Amazon.co.uk. 2010-06-17.
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