Antoine van Dongen has had a distinguished career, serving as a first violinist with the world famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from 1989 to 2004.
Mr. van Dongen was a Silver Medalist at the National Violin Competition Oskar Back in 1983 and won the “the prize of the City Amsterdam” for the best interpretation of contemporary music. The prize scholarship enabled him to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Sandor Vegh. At the Sweelinck Conservatory of Music in Amsterdam, Antoine van Dongen studied with Davina van Wely and Herman Krebbers, former Concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Mr. van Dongen has given masterclasses at Longy School of Music and at the New England Conservatory.
Antoine van Dongen is member of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. He plays with the Eco ensemble at UC Berkeley and the Empyrean ensemble at UC Davis.
Mr. van Dongen became recently guest conductor of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.
He teaches students from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, the Conservatory of the University of the Pacific, Stanford and UC Berkeley.
Antoine van Dongen is on the Faculty of the School of Arts and Music at the Finn Centre in Mountain View.
He is a member of the string quartet “The Haydn Project” which performs regularly in the Bay Area.
Antoine van Dongen has joined the music faculty at UC Berkeley in Sept 2014.