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.
She has performed recitals in The Netherlands, Denmark and Australia and awarded performance degrees from the Royal Danish Academy of Music (Copenhagen) and Australian Institute of Music (Sydney) as well as 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 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), ' 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 (2014). Khalida is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of Tasmania under the guidance of Dr. Anne-Marie Forbes and Dr. Susan Collins; she is also mentored by Guillaume Sutre in Paris.
Khalida has a keen interest in bringing classical music to rural areas of Australia and in 2014 began to curate concerts in FNQ. She has twice been a tutor at the Riverina School for Strings, teaching assistant to Dr. Susan Collins on the 2018 Jan Sedivka Camerata tour of Tasmania and conducted masterclasses at the Australian Institute of Music.