Pambula-based violinist/violist Vanessa Vromans (AU/NL) was born in Curacao to a Dutch father and an Australian mother. She holds both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in solo violin performance from the Conservatorium in Rotterdam, where she studied Classical and World music. Already inspired by and drawn towards the music of Eastern Europe from an early age, upon the completion of her formal studies Vromans dedicated herself to learning the language of East European violin. She has since undertaken intensive studies of Klezmer fiddle with Michael Alpert (Brave Old World), Steven Greenman (Khevrisa), Cookie Segelstein (Budowitz/Veretski Pass), Alicia Svigals (Klezmatics), and Deborah Strauss, as well as Romanian/Moldovan violin studies with Marin Bunea of Chisinau, (MD). Vromans co-founded Kol Ishe (DE), Figelin (DE/US), played in the Gimpel Theater Project (DE/MD), and has appeared as a guest with Khevrisa (US) & Shtetl Band Amsterdam (NL). She has performed and taught at festivals in Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Switzerland and the United States, and since moving to Berlin in 2013 has played in various theater productions at the Maxim Gorki Theater, Neuk├Âllner Oper and the Hauptstadtoper.