Born in 2000 in the Netherlands, Charlotte Spruit began her violin studies aged 4 with Coosje Wijzenbeek, and was admitted to the young talent department of the Amsterdam University of the Arts aged 7. At the age of 17, Charlotte moved to London and continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno. Currently she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree with Ying Xue at the Royal Academy of Music. Charlotte also played in master classes for many renowned musicians, such as Liza Ferschtman, Shunske Sato, Robert Levin, Ulf Wallin and Andreas Janke.

 

A keen chamber musician, Charlotte has performed chamber works at many prominent locations, such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. As a founder member of the Carsaig Quartet, Charlotte has performed across the UK and in the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival alongside the Doric String Quartet. She also regularly performs in other chamber music festivals, amongst others the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht where she performed with Janine Jansen, and the Festival Next Generation in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland. Charlotte also plays with Collegium, an exciting new group formed from Europe’s finest young musicians, set up by violist Lawrence Power. As the principal of the second violins of the award-winning Ensemble Esperanza, comprised of young soloists from across the world, she has performed across Europe and recorded several cd’s. 

 

As a soloist, Charlotte has played with numerous orchestras, including the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Residentie Orkest The Hague, Combattimento, and Ensemble Esperanza. Charlotte is also a multi-prize winner at many national and international competitions, such as the Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition, Concours International Arthur Grumiaux, and the Oskar Back Violin Competition. In 2020, Charlotte received the Anton Kersjes Violin Prize.

 

Charlotte is a keen Baroque musician, having studied the Baroque violin with Pavlo Beznosiuk for several years, and regularly performs in Baroque ensembles and chamber music throughout the UK. Charlotte also enjoys exploring different ways of bringing music to the audience, for example by combining different forms of art. She has collaborated with artist Jérémie Queyras, creating performances on paint and music. In 2017, Tonny Eyk dedicated his composition “Mouvement pour violon II” to her. Charlotte gave the first performance of this work for violin solo in Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk and played it again in 2018 in the Doelen in Rotterdam.

 

Charlotte plays an 18th-century anonymous Italian violin and a 1690 Hendriks Jacobs Baroque violin, kindly on loan from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.