IkaraivGilst_zw_2Yanna Pelser, born in Delft, studied classical viola at the conservatory of Rotterdam with Gisella Bergman and at the Hochschule für Musik of Detmold with Diemut Poppen and Corinne Contardo. She received masterclasses from renowned violists/violinists such as Garth Knox, Hartmut Rohde, Tatjana Masurenko and Gordan Nikolic. Besides her orchestral experience (with conductors Yannick Nezet Seguin and Reinbert de Leeuw) she has experience with solo repertoire and chamber music. Besides classical music, Yanna plays jazz-, pop- and worldmusic in several bands, for example VDRSH, Claxoneros, N.E.I-L and Beatnik Fandango. She collaborated with singer-songwriters such as Karsu Donmez, Celine Cairo, Flip Noorman and Lasse Passage. Furthermore free musical improvisation is her favorite occupation. Yanna attended several courses with violinist Thomas Lange, founder of the Resonance method for musicians. This applied musical physiology has an important role in Yanna’s way of playing music as well as in her viola/violin teaching. In her Bachelor she followed a minor in song-writing and in her masters she had composition lessons. Currently she is composing repertoire for various ensembles.