Rudolf Koelman

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Rudolf Koelman and Jascha Heifetz (Los Angeles 1979)

Rudolf Koelman is a Dutch violinist born in Amsterdam in 1959 and is a professor at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) in Switzerland.


Koelman studied the violin with Jan Bor, Herman Krebbers and Jascha Heifetz. From 1996 until 1999 he was the concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. He is Professor of solo and concert violin at the "Zürcher Hochschule der Künste" (ZHdK) in Switzerland where he also leads his chamber orchestra ZHdK Strings. He is frequently invited as a jury member at international violin competitions and master classes such as the International Holland Music Sessions and Keshet Eilon in Israel.


Koelman plays a violin made by Giovanni Francesco Pressenda in 1829 and the "Woolhouse" Stradivari made in 1720.

Solo career[edit]

Koelman has performed as a soloist with various orchestras, including Amsterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, Berner Symphonieorchester, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Concertgebouw Kamerorkest, Combattimento Consort, Fremantle Chamber Orchestra, Haydn Synfonietta Wien, Innsbrucker Symphonieorchester, WDR Kölnisches Rundfunkorchester, Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Radio Kamer Orkest, Radio Philharmonisch Orkest, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Tokyo Philharmonic, Winterthurer Symphoniker, Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur (Stadtorchester Winterthur) and Zürcher Kammerorchester.


Rudolf Koelman has made numerous TV-, radio- and CD recordings among them a live recording of all 24 Paganini Capricci.


  • "The Magic of Wood" from Lutherie to Music, publisher: Florenus Edizioni (English/German/French/Japanese/Dutch)) ISBN 88-85250-07-6
  • "Master Class" written by Herman Krebbers and Niels Le Large, publisher: Herman Lieve (English/Dutch)
  • "Oskar Back en veertig jaar Nationaal Vioolconcours" written by Theo Olof, publisher: THOTH-Bussum (Dutch) ISBN 90-6868-391-8
  • "Heifetz leerling van god" written by Wenneke Savenije, publisher: Edzeetera-Zandvoort (Dutch)
  • "The Umbrella Academy" Comic by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba, Rudolf Koelman appears on page 82, publisher: Dark Horse Comics ISBN 978-1-59307-978-9

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