The Dutch cellist, Mayke Rademaker, first undertook tuition from Hungarian cellist György Schiffer, and graduated with honours under his guidance. From the age of 16, she was a participant in the master-classes of André Navarra at the prestigious summer school of the Accademia Chigiana in Siena (Italy), where she won a prize for her promising playing. Her talents impressed Navarra such that she was invited to continue her studies with him in Vienna. This was to last for two years, after which she furthered her musical development with William Pleeth in London and (thanks to a Fulbright grant) in the USA with Janos Starker.
Mayke Rademaker has appeared as soloist in numerous recitals, chamber music concerts, broadcasts and solo concerts in Austria (Wiener Musikverein), Spain. Italy, Germany, Norway, England (London) and the USA (Aspen Festival). In recent times, Rademaker and her duo-pianist Matthijs Verschoor were awarded the silver medal by the Societé Academique Arts – Sciences-Lettres in Paris for their dedication to French music.
In the near future concert tours will bring her to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Australia and Japan. The conductor Kenneth Montgomery, with whom she played Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto said about her: "…the concerts we played together were of the highest quality. Her technical mastery and exciting musicianship are most impressive…"
Mayke Rademaker plays a prize-winning instrument made by Saskia Schouten, one of today’s outstanding violin makers.