Harriet KrijghCello
Magda AmaraPiano

Harriet Krijgh

Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 7:30pm

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert HallVenue Information



MENDELSSOHN: Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 58 (1843)
SCHUMANN: Three Romances, Op. 94
RACHMANINOFF: Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

About This Performance

European Concert Hall Organization “Rising Star” for 2015–16, 24-year-old Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh has captured the musical attention of the continent. In addition to multiple international competition wins, concerts at prestigious European venues and three recordings, she hosts her own annual summer Festival in Austria.

“Krijgh is a young cellist with an old soul.”

—NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands)

“With exceptional tenderness she makes her cello sound lyrical.”

—Rheinische Post (Germany)

Performer Biographies

Twenty-three 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 has been invited on to the “Rising Star” series of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) for the 2015–16 season.

Harriet Krijgh has already performed in many of Europe’s most prestigious venues such as the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Philharmonie Essen and Konzerthaus Dortmund. She has debuted with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg. She makes regular festival appearances at the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt, Festspiele Mecklenburg- Vorpommern, Festival Sommets Musicaux Gstaad, the Rheingau and Schwetzingen music festivals. In the Netherlands she has performed in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Vredenburg Music Centre in Utrecht and de Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam.

Forthcoming highlights in 2014–15 include debuts with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestraunder the baton of Cornelius Meister, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and Jonathan Nott, Symphony Orchestra Aachen, the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra, Het Gelders Orkest and the Kammerakademie Potsdam. Harriet Krijgh will be guest at the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Moritzburg Festival and the Mozartfest Würzburg. Recitals in many European cities complete her calendar. In autumn 2015 she will be tour soloist with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner.

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 for cello and piano followed by the cello sonatas of Brahms all of which have been highly praised. Autumn 2014 has seen the release of romantic cello works with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and conductor Gustavo Gimeno.

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 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 Lenian Benjamins at the Music College in Utrecht. In 2004, moving to Vienna Harriet took up studies with Lilia Schulz-Bayrova and Jontscho Bayrov at the Vienna Conservatoire. Since September 2013, Harriet has been studying as the “young soloist” at the renowned Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson (made possible by the Casals scholarship) and maintains her studies with Schulz-Bayrova.

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

As soloist and as one of the most passionate and demanded pianists in chamber music, Magda Amara is a regular guest on many international stages. Playing in venues such as the Musikverein and Konzerthaus Wien, Theater an der Wien, Mozarteum Salzburg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Alte Oper Frankfurt and Tonhalle Zürich, her performances brought her to all important concert halls in Europe and beyond.

Magda Amara was invited to many prestigious festivals, including Dvořákova Praha, Le Sion Festival, Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, Best of NRW, Neuberger Kulturtage and Attergauer Kultursommer, and enjoyed successful collaborations with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the North Netherlands Orchestra, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Brno.

As a devoted chamber musician, she is collaborating with outstanding partners, among them Julian Rachlin, Dora Schwarzberg and Stefan Vladar, as well as members of the Vienna Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. She shares a very close musical relationship with the Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh, with whom she recorded two CDs, released by the Austrian Label Capriccio in 2013 and 2015. Projects for 2016–17 include concerts at the Luzern Festival, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Musikverein Wien and many others.

Magda Amara was born in Moscow and graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory in the class of Sergei Dorensky. She completed her studies with Stefan Vladar at the University of Music in Vienna and is laureate of eleven national and international competitions, including first prizes at the Jeunesses Musicales and Ennio Porrino Piano Competitions, and the 3rd prize at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition.

Harriet Krijgh and Magda Amara play Sergei Rachmaninov