Lorre Lynn Trytten was born and raised in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. At age eight she was one of the first students in what would become Margery Aber’s famous Suzuki program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music (cum laude) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she studied with Thomas Moore and Sydney Harth: she was a soloist with the UW Symphony, played with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and wrote local history with the Bluegrass band Himalayan Mountain Boys (and Girl). She studied Baroque violin with Marilyn MacDonald at Oberlin College for two summers, which led to further baroque violin study in the Netherlands with Jaap Schröder at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam.
Later she received a Performance diploma from the Utrecht Conservatory, where she studied violin with Lex Korff de Gidts and Wiktor Liberman (Russian concermaster of the Concertgebouw Orchestra), composition with Henk Alkema, and orchestral conducting with Melvin Margolis. She gave up her job as first violinist in the Dutch Ballet Orchestra in order to work with various bands, including the Dutch folk-pop band Flairck.
For years she was a member of that world-famous eclectic jazz band, the William Breuker Kollektief; a memorable concert in Stevens Point was a high-point of her tenure in that group. She played in classical orchestras and chamber ensembles (including the Xenakis Ensemble, which she also conducted). She has given countless recitals in Holland and other countries with various partners but most often with pianist Marian Bolt.
In 2005 her collaboration with actor Teo Joling resulted in the theater program ‘Kafka’s Ape and Bach’s Chaconne.’ She now records and performs with the Gustav Klimt String Quartet (Klimt! for short). As violinist/violist and composer/improviser she regularly gives both workshops and private lessons. Lorre has written compositions for symphony and string orchestra, jazz, pop and bluegrass band, accordion ensemble, choir, string quartet and many other chamber ensembles.
She has served on the board of the Dutch Composer’s Association. Her ties with Wisconsin remain strong: she wrote ‘Impression: Blue Lake’ for the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County and, in 2007, the multi-media violin concerto ‘Sugarbush’ for the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. She has produced various CD’s and played on many more, among them several #1 hits in the Dutch hit parade. Her own CD’s include the original works by Fritz Kreisler for violin and piano (with Marian Bolt), and ‘Feet on the Ground’ with both original work arrangements of international pop and jazz favorites for solo violin/viola, string quartet, rhythm section and various other instruments.
With the Willem Breuker Kollektief she recorded many CD’s. Two of her compositions were recorded by accordion orchestra Alphen Opus Two and her first violin concerto, dedicated to Concertgebouw concertmaster Theo Olof, was recorded by Chamber Orchestra Driebergen. Challenge Records has recently released a Klimt! CD with music for string quartet and guitar to which she contributed two compositions and two arrangements.
"Trytten's violin playing is strongly expressive... Result: a straight-from-the-shoulder performance that sparkles and brims over with vitality..." (Gelders Dagblad, Cees Hilberdink)
"Opening the program was a performance of Impression: Blue Lake, composed by Lorre Lynn Trytten... This is an energetic and attractive work with a striking and sometimes highly original use of orchestration." (Green Bay Press Gazette, Terence O'Grady.)