Irmelin was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and is the daughter of two opera singers. Her childhood was filled with music and as her older sister began playing violin, Irmelin by chance got a cello in her hands and didn’t want to let go of it. At the age of 17 she won the first prize at Berlingske Tidenes Klassiske Musikkonkurrence (a youth music competition in Denmark). Besides playing solo she is very dedicated as a chamber musician and has played in various constellations. She was very appreciated in youth orchestras, especially as principal cellist, and was invited on many interesting tours to e.g. Island, Russia, Hungary, China and California, but her greatest orchestral experience was playing in the Sydney Opera House with the Danish Youth Symphony Orchestra.
After having graduated high school very successfully, she began her music studies at Royal Danish Academy of Music with Henrik Dam Thomsen (the principal cellist in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra). After 3 years studies with a Bachelor of Music degree as a result, the danish girl decided to dig up her roots and move to Vienna to study with Lilia Schulz-Bayrova, who she got to know through a master class in Copenhagen. Studying in “the city of music” was a dream. Not only did she regularly receive lessons from international stars and had the daily opportunity to visit concerts with world famous orchestras and soloists, she even got to play in the world-renowned concert halls of Musikverein and Konzerthaus.
Even though the 4,5 years Irmelin lived in Vienna were absolutely amazing Irmelin’s adventure lust could not resist when her boyfriend got a job offer as a doctor in Melbourne, so she finished her Bachelor of Arts degree half a year earlier than set by the curriculum and moved to the other side of the world with him. Here she is currently taking lessons with Howard Penny at ANAM while working as a cello teacher at Nossal High School.
These details were last updated on October 17, 2015