CelloHarriet Krijgh
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"She is the new Musical Wonder."

Die Presse
14 / 31


Twenty-six-year-old Harriet Krijgh is one of today’s most exciting and promising young cellists. Her grace and expressiveness touch her audiences as soon as she is on the concert platform.

Harriet Krijgh played in the most important venues in Europe. She has performed with orchestras like Frankfurt and Vienna Radio Symphonies, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bamberg and Trondheim Symphonies, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Netherlands, Copenhagen and Tampere Philharmonic. In March 2017 she made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at New York’s Carnegie Hall, in April she played with Sydney Symphony.


In August 2017, Harriet Krijgh gave her acclaimed debut in Chicago with performances at the Ravinia and Grant Park Music Festivals. Other highlights of the season 2017/2018 are concerts with Wiener Symphoniker, Warsaw Philharmonic and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Dallas, Utah and Vancouver Symphonies. After the successful world premiere of the Gubaidulina triple concerto in Boston and New York in spring 2017, together with violinist Baiba Skride and accordionist Elsbeth Moser she will perform further premieres in Hanover (NDR Radiophilharmonie), Paris (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France) and Utrecht (Netherlands Radio Philharmonic). In June 2018 she will be guest at the Grafenegg Festival for the first time to perform as a soloist in the "Great summer night gala" broadcast live by ORF. In 2017/2018 she is working with conductors such as Andrew Manze, Yutaka Sado, David Afkham, Lahav Shani, John Storgårds, Mikko Franck, Dima Slobodeniouk and Otto Tausk.

In quartet she tours with Baiba and Lauma Skride and Lise Berthaud, with the Quatuor Arod and the Signum Saxophone Quartet.

A passionate chamber musician, she assumed the role of Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht in June 2017, taking over the position from Janine Jansen. In 2012 Harriet founded the “Harriet & Friends” Festival which takes place in Feistritz every summer.

Amongst winning many competitions, in her native Holland Harriet Krijgh was awarded both the First Prize and the Audience Award at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale in November 2012. In 2015/2016 she was chosen “Rising Star” by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) performing in Europe’s major concert halls.

For the Capriccio label Harriet Krijgh has recorded Haydn’s cello concerti, duo repertoire by Brahms and Rachmaninov, French works and romantic pieces for cello and orchestra.

Harriet Krijgh was born in the Netherlands in 1991. She studied with Lilia Schulz-Bayrova at the Vienna Conservatoire and at the Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson.

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

SEASON 2017/2018


“The soloist was fully in synch with the galant style and illuminated her solo lines with individual phrasing and hairpin dynamic turns.”

Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, 17.08.2017

“She produced a line of seamless lyrical beauty”

Philip Scott, Limelight Magazine (Australia), 20.04.2017

“Krijgh, 25, was making her BSO debut. Playing with confidence, bowing with deep expression, she brought many of the challenging passages to life […]”

Keith Powers, Classical Voice of America, 01.03.2017

“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

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Weinberg & KabalevskyCornelius Meister - ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra - Benjamin Schmid - Claire Huangci - Harriet KrighJan. 2018, Capriccio, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
RachmaninovHarriet Krijgh and Magda Amara play works by Sergei Rachmaninov.Nov. 2015, Capriccio, CD, Available on: iTunes 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: iTunes 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