The Dutch violinist,violist and music director Antoinette Lohmann, grew up surrounded by Hungarian and Rumanian gypsy music. Her father played cymbalom and piano, her mother cello. Antoinette began violin and piano lessons at the age of 8 and played the pan-flute every now and then. In 1987 she began violin studies at the Sweelinck Conservatorium with Jean Louis Stuurop and viola with Esther van Stralen. The knowledge and interest of her violin teacher inspired her to begin studying Baroque violin with Lucy van Dael. She also followed courses with Jaap Schröder, among others.
Antoinette Lohmann has always been active in varied musical areas and her experience includes playing violin and viola in the Argentinian tango group Bailongo and performing with the well-known Argentinian bandoneon player Rodolfo Mederos. For many years Antoinette led a salon orchestra and performed with the well-known music-theatre group Flairck in the production ‘Gouden Eeuw’, in which she performed on violin, viola and viola d'amore. Equally at home playing contemporary music, Antoinette was a member of the Helios ensemble, with which she recorded the work of Dutch composers such as Tristan Keuris, Jaap Geraedts and Ludwig Otten. The latter dedicated to Antoinette two of his viola works which were published by Donemus. Currently her repertoire stretches from the early seventeenth century to 21st century, and she has a special interest in performance on unusual instruments such as the viola d'amore, the tenor violin and the viola pomposa and has extensively explored their repertoire.
In recent years she has focussed primarily on chamber music. Together with pianist Vaughan Schlepp she recorded the complete sonatas for piano and violin by Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792) and Margarethe Danzi for Challenge Records. With island she recorded the bassoon quartets by Franz Danzi and Franz Krommer.
As an advocate for Dutch repertory, she recorded a CD featuring chamber music of Bella van Zuylen (Isabelle de Charrière) for SLot Zuylen and, for the series ‘Museum gifts’, a CD featuring Dutch music of the early Baroque. She has also made numerous recordings with chamber music groups including the Nederlandse Bachvereniging (formerly Cappella Figuralis), the Giudicci Ensemble and Schönbrunn Ensemble. In addition Antoinette has performed in countless orchestras and ensembles, such as la Sfera Armoniosa, the Utrechts Barok Consort, Anima Eterna, Musica Temprana, Al Ayre Espanol, the Freiburger Barockorchester and many others.
In 2008 Antoinette founded her own group, the Baroque Ensemble Furor Musicus. Currently she is performing with Schönbrunn Ensemble and the New Trinity Baroque Orchestra a lot. Since a few years she's also been an advocate of performing contemporary compositions for early instruments. She performed compositions by Dutch composers such as Tsoupaki, Tarenskeen, Kadar. Recently she was on tour with the well known South-African composer and baroque cellist Hans Huyssen to perform his music written for an audio book, Eistau (Melting Ice, based on a novel by Ilija Trojananov).
Antoinette teaches principal study Baroque violin, viola and historical documentation at the Utrecht Conservatorium of Music and is giving masterclasses at the Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas in Castel Branco, Portugal. Since september 2008 she has been visiting South-Africa regularly to give concerts and, most of all, to teach in order to support the development of a historical performance movement.
Antoinette is the happy owner of a Baroque violin made by the Flemish maker Snoeck. The violin is made around 1700 and is still in it's original set up.