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 and prioritises much of her performance schedule to regional and remote Australia.
She has performed recitals in The Netherlands, Denmark, Spain and Australia and was awarded performance degrees from the Royal Danish Academy of Music (Copenhagen) and Australian Institute of Music (Sydney). She has also worked with professional orchestras such as the Arhus Symphony Orchestra (DK) and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Currently she freelances with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and as Concertmaster for the Frankston Symphony Orchestra. In 2019 she signed to Italy’s leading classical music label ‘Stradivarius Milano Dischi’ with her ensemble Trio Cavallaro.
A prize winner at many classical music eisteddfods, she won her first at just five years of age. A number of international and national 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). At just sixteen years of age Khalida was a tutor at the Celtic Southern Cross Summer School in Tasmania and awarded a Junior Cultural Australia Day medal for her contribution to folk music in Australia. 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, Cairns, Wagga Wagga, Canberra, Hobart) ' Mostly Folk' (Hobart) and 3MBS (Melbourne).
Other major classical awards include the Performers Trust Foundation Award (2013) and Origin Foundation Prize from Creative Partnerships Australia (2014). Khalida completed a Doctorate in 2019 at the University of Tasmania, mentored by Dr. Susan Collins and Guillaume Sutre in Paris.