Biography

HARRIET KRIJGH, Cello

 

The 22-year-old Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh, is one of today’s most exciting and promising young cellists. Her expressive and cantabile playing touches and thrills both audiences and critics alike.

The young artist has appeared at prestigious venues such as the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna. She has made numerous festival appearances including at the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, the music days Mondsee, the Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Festival Sommets Musicaux Gstaad, the Rheingau Music Festival and at the Festival in Schwetzingen. In the Netherlands she has performed at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vredenburg Music Centre in Utrecht and the de Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam.

Her upcoming highlights include her debut with the Essen Philharmonic at the concert hall Dortmund, as well as re-invitations to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Musikverein in Vienna. In the 2013/14 season she has been awarded a scholarship with the Mozart-Gesellschaft Dortmund. She performs Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

Harriet has won numerous competitions. Between 2008 and 2010 she won first prize at 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. A big success was being awarded first prize for the Audience Award at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale in November 2012.

Since 2011, Harriet Krijgh is an exclusive artist of the label Capriccio. She has already released a disc of Haydn’s cello concertos (Vienna Chamber Philharmonic / Claudius Traunfellner) and a CD of French works for cello and piano (Kamilla Isanbaeva, piano). Both recordings have received excellent reviews. In August 2013 she released her third recording on the label, featuring the cello sonatas of Brahms (Magda Amara, piano).

She performs chamber music with friends from all over the world in her festival, ‘Harriet and Friends’ which takes place every summer at the Burg Feistritz castle in Austria.

Harriet Krijgh was born in the Netherlands in 1991 and received her first cello lessons at the age of 5. In 2000, she was enrolled into the class of young talented musicians at the Music College in Utrecht, where she was taught by Lenian Benjamins. In 2004, Harriet moved to Vienna to study with Lilia Schulz-Bayrova and Jontscho Bayrov at the Vienna Conservatoire. Since September 2013, Harriet studies as ‚young soloist‘ at the renowned Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson, which is made possible by the Casals scholarship. In addition she continues her studies with Schulz-Bayrova in Vienna.

Harriet Krijgh plays a cello made by Giovanni Paolo Maggini from 1620, which is provided to her by a private collector.