photo left: Monica Germino performing Michael Daugherty's *LEX** in Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam*

Electric violin, custom-made by maker Dave Bruce Johnson / ViolectraMonica's Violectra

 The violin was built to match exact proportions as Germino's acoustic violin, to facilitate switching between instruments 


The Violectra had its first performances in 2003 in INANNA, a production of Theatergroup ZT Hollandia, directed by Paul Koek, with libretto by Hal Hartley, music by Louis Andriessen and Cristina Zavalloni as Inanna.

SUITES OF LUX: Jacob ter Veldhuis composed a new work for electric violin and soundtrack for choreographer Nanine Linning's SUITES OF LUX. Performed by Scapino Ballet Rotterdam; music performed live on stage by Monica Germino.
Read more about the production in Scapino's press release

A few compositions for Germino and her Violectra:

  • Robert Zuidam: Bosch Requiem (2013)
    for solo voices, solo electric violin, choir and large ensemble

  • Renske Vrolijk: Violectra Concerto (2012)
    for solo electric violin (Violectra) and Orkest de Ereprijs

  • David Dramm: FUZZBOX LOGIC (2010)
    for solo electric violin, five fuzzboxes & soundtrack

  • Jacob TV: SUITES OF LUX (2004/2007), for electric violin with delay & soundtrack
  • Huba de Graaff: AHAB (2006), a music theatre piece for Nieuw West, for electric violin with a myriad of effects, & hammond organ

  • Donnacha Dennehy: THE WEATHERING (2004)
    written for ELECTRA; electric violin & distortion

  • Huba de Graaff: GENERIC CITY (2004)
    written for ELECTRA, choir & installation

  • Louis Andriessen: INANNA (2003)
    for electric violin & saxophone quartet

Violectra, view from back


Violectra, view from front