Boston Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, New York — theatricality and urgency

A programme of contrasting pieces was superbly conducted by Andris Nelsons.


Photo by Richard Termine

The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons conducting, gives the premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto with soloists Baiba Skride, Harriet Krijgh and Elsbeth Moser.

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Harriet Krijgh, who grew up in Vienna, is one of today’s most promising young cellists. At Vienna’s Musikverein she tells us about her special relationship with music: “When I play, I always strive to achieve the very, very best.

When you’re playing a concert and become completely immersed in the music, you forget all about technique. You devote yourself completely to making music. And then these very special moments, these ‘magic moments’, happen.”


The 24-year-old cellist Harriet Krijgh is the successor designated by Janine Jansen herself. From 2017 Harriet will be the new artistic director of the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht. Just like Janine Harriet is from Utrecht; she is exactly the same age as Janine when she founded the chamber music festival in 2003, and Harriet is just like Janine in that year, breaking through with dazzling speed as exceptional musician, both in the Netherlands and abroad. In Austria Harriet has built her own festival, “Harriet and Friends’.

Click here for the LINK to the Festival.
Click here to see the article in the Netherland´s newspaper NRC.

On February 21st 2016 Harriet Krijgh guested at “Stars of Tomorrow”/ARTE TV. Rolando Villazon hosts young artists who are ready for an international career in the world of classical music. Here watch her contribution: together with the orchestra “Junge Sinfonie Berlin conducted by Giedrė Šlekytė Harriet plays Ernest Bloch’s “Prayer”.


Dutch cellist Harriet krijgh lives in Vienna, plays in Europe and is the discovery of the season. Through work, that which is natural should never become matter of fact (from Theodora Walchshäusl, Cicero Magazine)

The love of her life has a dark complexion and a mellow voice. “It is a very intimate relationship” says Harriet while glancing at a voluminous cello case. “When we are travelling, it is always with me. Then when I am on stage I can trust him entirely and absolutely let myself go.” A musical love affair with implications: Harriet krijgh is one o the most promising cellists of today. By the European Concert Hall Organisation she was chosen for the project “Rising Stars” which will bring her to leading international concert halls during the 2015/2016 season…

(The portrait can be read in its totality in the most recent issue of the magazine Cicero

On the occasion of the CD publication “RACHMANINOV” the  Dutch classical music magazine Klassieke Zaken presents Harriet Krijgh in its December 2015 edition. The portrait can be read here.


On the occasion of the CD publication “RACHMANINOV” the Dutch classical music magazine presents Harriet Krijgh in a three page article of its November 2015 issue. The portrait can be read herewith. Please click on the image on this right side.

Harriet in the LUISTER Magazine (Netherlands), November 2015

The KLM Magazine has featured Harriet in its October 2015 issue. See here the article “Young Talent – Stringed Inspiration”.

The Austrian CD Label CAPRICCIO has released Harriet´s fifth CD “RACHMANINOV”. Together with pianist Magda Amara she recorded compositions for Cello and Piano on this CD:

“Recording music is a very intimate, personal process for which I have the utmost respect”, begins Harriet
Krijgh. “Balance between emotion and self-restraint is an essential theme. Especially with such emotionally
charged music like that of Serge Rachmaninov’s, the main consideration is to apply the correct amount of
emotion.” The Sonata for cello and piano, Op.19 and the Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 came after a rather epic phase of depression and compositional resignation. For three years after the failure of his first symphony, Rachmaninov’s creative output seized up, and this eventually needed hypnotherapy treatment to cure the problem. “With Rachmaninov, I sensed an extremely sensitive artist. Such a long creative break must have caused very difficult emotional upheavals. The works that developed immediately after that period of time are therefore so much richer in emotion or atmosphere because of it”, says Harriet Krijgh.

(CAPRICCIO Release Text)