Marleen Asberg 1e violiste Concertgebouworkest


Marleen Asberg studeerde aan het Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam bij Herman Krebbers. Ze won twee keer de eerste prijs tijdens de Iordens Viooldagen, een Zilveren Vriendenkrans en bereikte de finale van het Nationaal Vioolconcours Oskar Back in 1987. Nog voordat ze cum laude afstudeerde werd zij in 1991 aangenomen bij het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest.

Marleen Asberg is regelmatig te beluisteren in verschillend samengestelde ensembles. Sinds 1992 speelt ze de eerste viool in de Ebony Band. Met onder andere Het Gelders Orkest en Nieuw Sinfonietta verzorgde ze solo-optredens.

Marleen bespeelt sinds 2015 een viool uit de collectie van de Concertgebouworkest Foundation, de J.B. Guadagnini viool, gebouwd in 1757 die voorheen bespeeld werd door onder anderen concertmeesters Viktor Libermann en Alexander Kerr, en daarna lange tijd door collega Marijn Mijnders.

  • 2015 – ontvangt de J.B. Guadagnini viool, gebouwd in 1757, in bruikleen van Concertgebouworkest Foundation
  • 1992 – eerste violiste Ebony Band
  • 1991 – eerste violiste Koninlijk Concertgebouworkest
  • 1991 – cum laude afgestudeerd aan het Sweelinck Conservatorium
  • 1987 – finaliste Nationaal Vioolconcours Oskar Back
  • winnares Zilveren Vriendenkrans
  • twee keer eerste prijs winnares Iordens Viooldagen

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Marleen Asberg studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Herman Krebbers. She won first prize twice at the Iordens Viooldagen in The Hague and the coveted Zilveren Vriendenkrans award, and made it to the final round of the 1987 Oskar Back National Violin Competition. She joined the Concertgebouworkest in 1991, even before graduating with honours from the conservatory.

Asberg is a frequent performer of chamber music and regularly performs as a member of various ensembles. She has played first violin in the Ebony Band since 1992. She has given solo performances with Het Gelders Orkest and Nieuw Sinfonietta.

Since 2015 Marleen Asberg plays on a violin from the instrument collection of Concertgebouworkest Foundation, a J.B. Guadagnini violin built in 1757, previously played on by concertmasters Viktor Libermann and Alexander Kerr and – for a long period of time – Marleen’s colleague Marijn Mijnders.

  • 2015 – J.B. Guadagnini violin built in 1757 on loan from Concertgebouworkest Foundation
  • 1992 – first violinist Ebony Band
  • 1991 – joined the Concertgebouworkest
  • 1991 – graduating with honours from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam
  • 1987 – finalist Oskar Back National Violin Competition
  • Wins Zilveren Vriendenkrans award
  • Wins first prize Iordens Viooldagen twice

The Ebony Band is a music group, which core is made up of musicians from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The ensemble’s main goal is to promote modern, adventurous music primarily from the first half of the 20th century. Special attention is focused on the forbidden and (often unjustly) forgotten music from the interwar period, deemed to be worthy of revival.

The ensemble seeks to achieve these goals by :

1. The installation of a digital documentation centre (database), to provide musicians, producers, historians and other persons interested, with any factual information on compositions from the interwar period, with every accompanying background information, life stories, research reports and contributions of specialists and (surviving) relatives.

2. The edition of a small amount of valuable compositions, that hasn’t been published ever before.

3. Releasing CD’s with mostly first recordings.

4. The digitalizing of concert recordings.


The repertoire list comprises information of more than 650 compositions for small and medium size ensembles by more than 125 composers, you will find by clicking on the above letter of the alphabet. It is the result of 25 years’ research for the Ebony Band’s concert programs. The list does not pretend to be complete, but all the works on it comply with one or more of the Ebony Band’s objectives: most of them are unknown, forgotten or assumed lost, and date from the first half of the twentieth century. A considerable number of the composers you’ll find on the website have been performed and recorded by the Eony Band.

Most of the pieces are adventurous and have a modern flavour. They were written by composers who lent colour to their day, and whose music is well worth performing (again) today.

Many of these composers were not given the chance to develop and build a career, for their lives and ideals were suppressed or even ruined by totalitarian regimes in Germany, the Soviet Union, Spain and Latin America. In view of the fact that Berlin was the cultural centre of the western world in the 1920s and early 1930s, this repertoire list includes a large number of pieces that were branded by the Nazis as entartete (degenerate) music.

- Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
- Maarten Koningsberger
- Kelvin Grout
- Ebony Band
- De IJ-Salon