Emma Warmelink, born and raised in Rotterdam, began her musical studies at the age of five, playing the piano. Then when she was eight years old she started playing cello as well at the Young Talent Academy, Codarts Rotterdam. Later on she changed cities to go to the Young Talent Department of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, where she also did her bachelor, studying with Lucia Swarts. Then she continued her studies with Roel Dieltiens at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and now she studies with Jelena Ocic at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
Emma has served as principal cellist of the Atheneum Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Royal Conservatory and the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands. In 2016 she won the Donemus prize at the Prinses Christina Concours for her performance of a contemporary work. Emma is an active member of the Zèta Trio, with whom she regularly joins ECMA sessions (the European Chamber Music Academy). In 2019 the Zèta Trio won the first prize, as well as the audience prize at the ‘Big Chamber Music Competition’ in Rotterdam. Emma loves orchestra playing and is member of the EUYO since 2020 and is also 2020 and 2021 academist of the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.
Besides her main teachers, she has received lessons from Anner Bylsma, Qin Li Wei, Harro Ruijsenaars, Peter Bruns. In the chamber music field the Zèta Trio had lessons with Jerusalem Quartet, Alban Berg ensemble, ATOS trio, Torleif Thedeen and Philippe Graffin. She played with several Dutch professional orchestra's, such as the Noord Nederlands Orkest and Gelders Orkest. Emma plays a cello built by Daniel Royé, loaned to her by the Dutch National Musical Instruments Foundation.