About Us

“Het was luisteren op het puntje van je stoel . Luisteren naar warme muziek gemaakt op poëzie, gebracht door vier uitstekende jonge musici”

Vlietnieuws, November 2019.

Named after two remarkable Golden Age women painters, the Aleida Ensemble is an international quartet of musicians who came together in the Netherlands from a variety of disciplines to create a unique sound world from plucked and bowed strings, woodwind and voice. Together we explore combinations of musical colours in compositions from various historical periods, from Baroque through twentieth century to accessible contemporary music.

Estonian soprano Maria Valdmaa sings as a member and soloist of the Nederlands Kamerkoor, the Nederlandse Bach Vereniging, Vox Luminis, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and other groups. She studied in Tallinn and Den Haag, and was recently was a major prizewinner in the London Handel Festival competition. Her main specialization is in Baroque and Early music but she is extending her interests to other musical genres and activities, including contemporary music. She has worked closely with Arvo Pärt in Estonia (during the “Pärt Days” festival in Tallinn and during the production of “Adam’s Passion” staged by Robert Wilson), and with contemporary composers at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag. Click here for Maria’s website.

Versatile English violist Anna Smith studied at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music, London, was formerly a member of the Hallé Orchestra, and has played with CBSO, RLPO and the RPO. Since moving to the Netherlands in 2012 she has performed regularly with orchestras including Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, and the innovative and iconoclastic Pynarello . She has also performed as a chamber musician with the Rietveld Ensemble, in the Den Haag Chamber Music Festival, and at the Zutphen Beethoven Festival. Passionate about contemporary music, she has been the dedicatee of several chamber and solo works. She is currently also exploring the world of historically informed performance, playing regularly on baroque viola with the Tulipa Ensemble and Johannette Zomer, while in 2018 she also joined Anima Eterna (Bruges) for their Strauss centenary. In addition, Anna loves Argentine tango and in 2016 joined Orquestra Típica Mala Pinta to perform and promote new Dutch tangos. Click here for Anna’s website.

Russian flautist Elena Vyaznikova studied in Moscow and in Den Haag. She followed this with a masters’ degree in Amsterdam, where she met Victoria and they formed an ensemble specializing in contemporary music, performing at chamber music venues in Amsterdam, Den Haag and in the UK, and on Radio 4. They have also recorded duo repertoire by the English composer Arnold Bax and the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. She also performed with the well-known contemporary Ensemble Modelo62, and for Babyconcertjes, the series of chamber music concerts for young families created by Anna in 2012. Recently, Elena was soloist, and also performed on traverso (baroque) flute, with the Bach Orchestra of the Netherlands.

Swiss/British harpist Victoria Davies came to the Netherlands to study with the renowned harp teacher Erika Waardenburg, having previously studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and at Oxford University, where she performed and recorded as a soloist on BBC television and radio with the Cathedral Choir of Christ Church and Magdalen College. In the Netherlands she has also performed as soloist with Vocaal Talent Nederland and other chamber choirs. She regularly plays in orchestras including in recent years the Monteverdi Orchestra, the Bach Orchestra of the Netherlands, the Bangkok Opera and the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht. She has played much contemporary music, including a solo premiere at the November Music Festival in Den Bosch and with Chamber Opera Amsterdam.