Violinist Khalida De Ridder hails from a renowned folk musician family in remote FNQ, beginning to play at the age of four. Both as a fiddler and as a classical violinist she has been praised for her ability to combine virtuosity with a unique soulful elegance in her style of playing.
Having performed numerous recitals in The Netherlands, Denmark and Australia Khalida was also awarded performance degrees from the Royal Danish Academy of Music (Copenhagen) and Australian Institute of Music (Sydney) and worked with professional orchestras such as the Arhus Symphony Orchestra (DK) and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
A prize winner at many classical music eisteddfods, she won her first at just five years of age. A number of folk accolades include Junior Australasian Fleadh Fiddle Champion (2003), Golden Fiddle award (2010), and both the Chris Wendt award (2006) and the Declan Affley award (2009) from the National Folk Festival of Australia, where also a finalist in the Youth Folk Awards (2009). She has been the Program Director and Assistant Festival Director for the Tablelands Folk Festival (QLD) and performed on various radio station broadcasts such as ABC (Sydney), ' Mostly Folk' (Tasmania) and ABC (Cairns).
Other major classical awards include the Performers Trust Foundation Award (2013) and Origin Foundation Prize from Creative Partnerships Australia (2013).
Khalida has studied most notably with Michael Malmgreen (DK) and Charmian Gadd, and now mentored by the French master violinist Guillaume Sutre (Quatuor Ysaye) in Paris and Dr. Susan Collins in Hobart. She has also performed in masterclass in Berlin and Copenhagen for professors Yair Kless, Milan Vitek and Sergei Azizian.
A doctoral candidate in music performance at the University of Tasmania, she is supported by a Research Training Award from Australian Government.