CelloHarriet Krijgh
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"She is the new Musical Wonder."

Die Presse
12 / 28

Biography

Twenty-four year old Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh is one of today’s most exciting and promising young cellists. Her grace and expressiveness touches her audiences and fellow musicians as soon as she walks on to the concert platform.

Harriet Krijgh has already performed in many of Europe’s most prestigious venues including the Musikverein in Vienna, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Essen and Konzerthaus Dortmund. She has debuted with the Radio orchestra of Berlin and of NDR Hamburg, Vienna Radio Symphony, and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. She makes regular festival appearances at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein music festivals, the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt and Festival de Radio France in Montpellier.

In 2015/16 Harriet has been invited on to the “Rising Star” series of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) which will see her perform recitals in London’s Barbican, Stockholm’s Konzerthuset, Auditori Barcelona, Palace of Arts in Budapest, the Philharmonie concert halls of Paris, Luxembourg and Cologne, Bozar Brussels, the Festspielhaus of Baden-Baden, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Vienna’s Musikverein. Other highlights of 2015/16 include her UK orchestral debuts with the London Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Munich Chamber Orchestra. In Autumn 2015 she will tour with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields to Germany. She will perform at the Tonhalle Zurich and will make her recital debut in August 2016 at the Lucerne Festival.


 

Harriet Krijgh was first prize winner of the "Prinses Christina Concours" in the Netherlands, the Austrian Federal Competition "Prima la Musica", the Fidelio Competition in Vienna as well as the "Nicole Janigro prize" at the international "Antonio Janigro Cello Competition" in Croatia. In her native Holland she was awarded both the First Prize and the Audience Award at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale in November 2012. In Autumn 2013 she was awarded the WEMAG-Soloists prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Harriet Krijgh is an exclusive artist with the Capriccio label. Releases include Haydn’s cello concerti, a CD of French works followed by the cello sonatas of Brahms and a CD of romantic cello works with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and conductor Gustavo Gimeno. Her most recent recording is a Rachmaninov disc released in October 2015.

A passionate chamber musician and enterprising young artist Harriet Krijgh formed her own festival “Harriet and Friends” which takes place every summer at the Feistritz castle in Austria.

Harriet Krijgh received her first cello lessons when she was five years old. After studying at the Music College in Utrecht, she later moved to Vienna in 2004, where Harriet continued studies with Lilia Schulz-Bayrova at the Vienna Conservatoire. In June 2015 she successfully completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Vienna and her Master at the Kronberg Academy.

Harriet plays a Giovanni Paolo Maggini cello from 1620, which is generously loaned to her privately.

SEASON 2015/16

Quotes

“Young Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh is a shooting star on the classical music scene”

Westdeutsche Zeitung, Lars Wallerang, 31.10.15

“The 24-year-old Dutch cellist {...] made it all look like a walk in the park, breezing through the most athletic passagework with breathtaking dash”

Bachtrack, Pamela Nash, 18.10.15

“Recording three solo CDs before you are 23 is no mean achievement, but then Harriet Krijgh, with a whole string of competition triumphs behind her, looks set to become something extraordinary”

The Strad Magazine, Janet Banks, 30.12.13

“The concert that cellist Harriet Krijgh and pianist Nino Gvetadze gave on the young stage of the castle courtyard, was in every respect inspirational... Particularly the quiet passages oftentimes caused the audience to hold its breath for their inherently sensed tension - a tension skilfully maintained throughout, then finally abolished with superior ease”

Badische Zeitung, 05.11.13

“As interpreters […] Krijgh and Amara are assured. There is expressive strength here, coupled with verve and clear thinking about structure and melodic contour.”

Geoffrey Norris, Gramophone Magazine, 01.12.2013

“The 21 year old…demonstrated why she is rapidly acquiring a truly fabulous reputation”

Die Presse, Wilhelm Sinkovicz, 29.11.12

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Discography

RachmaninovHarriet Krijgh and Magda Amara play works by Sergei Rachmaninov.Nov. 2015, Capriccio, CD, Available on: Amazon
ElegyErnest Bloch: From Jewish Life - No. 1 Prayer · Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei, op. 47 Jules Massenet: Élégie · Jacques Offenbach: Les larmes de Jacqueline, op. 76/2 Gabriel Fauré: Élégie ...Nov. 2014, Capriccio, CD, Available on: Amazon
The Cello SonatasHarriet Krijgh and pianist Magda Amara play the cello sonatas by Johannes Brahms.Sep. 2013, Capriccio, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Haydn: The Cello ConcertosThe cello concertos by Joseph Haydn with the Wiener Kammerphilharmonie and Claudius TraunfellnerOct. 2012, Capriccio, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
The French AlbumHarriet Krijgh plays works by Franck, Debussy, Fauré and Offenbach (Kamilla Isanbaeva, piano).Apr. 2012, Capriccio, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon

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