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Ursula Skaug had a very musical upbringing; she took violin, piano and choir classes until she fell for the warm and luscious sound of the viola. She started studying the viola with Julia Dinerstein at the Hellendaal Violin Institute in Rotterdam. She continued her studies with Mikhail Zemtsov at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where in 2021 she graduated from her Masters with highest honours. She participated in masterclasses with (among others) Nobuko Imai, Alexander Zemtsov, Jennifer Stumm and Geneviève Strosser.
Ursula won various awards, amongst them the main prize at the Maassluise Muziekweek, the first prize at the Britten Altvioolconcours and the second prize at the Prinses Christina Concours Rotterdam. In the Summer of 2018 she was the principal violist of the National Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands (NJO).
Currently she gives concerts in diverse chamber music formations. Next to this, she forms the duo “Viola Sisters” with her sister Sunniva. The Viola Sisters have performed at the International Viola Congress in Poznan and the Grachtenfestival.

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