Candida Thompson

Candida Thompson has been artistic director of Amsterdam Sinfonietta since 2003. When leading an orchestral project she values the individual input of all the orchestra members. Her musical approach elicits maximum involvement and total dedication from the musicians.

Candida Thompson studied with the renowned pedagogue David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she obtained her soloist diploma with distinction. She continued her studies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. Subsequently she won various prizes at competitions, including the Internationale Jeunesses Musicales in Belgrade. Candida has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras in Europe, the United States and East Asia, including the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, English String Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic.

Photo: Marco Borggreve

From an early age Candida was already leading chamber orchestras in Scandinavia, Spain, the Netherlands and Great Britain. She has been concertmaster of Amsterdam Sinfonietta since 1995, as well as its artistic director since 2003. Under her leadership Amsterdam Sinfonietta has recorded fourteen CDs to date at the quality label Channel Classics. The very first ‘Verdi Tchaikovsky’ recording was immediately voted ‘Editor’s Choice’ by the leading music magazine The Gramophone. The following ‘Beethoven Walton’ CD was proclaimed The Gramophone’s ‘Disc of the Month’. Other albums include ‘Schubert String Quintet’ (2015), ‘Tides of Life’ (2017), ‘Bartók Brahms’ (2018) and ‘Tchaikovsky Arensky’ (2019). The most recent disc ‘Lento Religioso appeared in September 2020.


Photo: Igor Ripak

Candida is a passionate chamber musician. She has performed with musicians including Isaac Stern, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Isabelle Faust and Bruno Giuranna. Candida has regularly been invited to perform at the Kuhmo Festival in Finland and La Musica in the United States and has been a guest at the Canossa Masterclasses in Reggio Emilia, the Gubbio Festival in Italy and various Chamber Music Festivals in Switzerland and Austria. In the Netherlands, she has regularly performed in the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht.


Thompson is also a founding member of the Hamlet Piano Trio, together with cellist Xenia Jancovic and pianist Paolo Giacometti. For the Channel Classics label, the trio recorded cd’s containing Piano Trio’s by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Beethoven. In 2015, the ensemble toured through the United States, and they recently played their debut in the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam.


Candida plays on a Guarneri, del Gesù violin (1698-1744).

Photo: Peter Lodder

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