“The afternoon [at CBC Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto] was brought to a sensational conclusion by Ravel’s “Introduction and Allegro”…. During the solo cadenza of the final allegro, Ms. Krutzen’s outstanding touch made the hairs on the back of my neck tingle.”
Heidi Krutzen has emerged as a leading musician in Canada. She’s celebrated for her solo, chamber music, and orchestral performances, for her collaborations with composers, and for her excellence as a teacher.
Passionate about creating with others, Heidi can frequently be heard with her own chamber groups COULOIR, Trio Verlaine, and the Krutzen/McGhee Duo. She also works with other extraordinary musicians at chamber music festivals throughout North America such as the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and Oregon Bach Festival. As a soloist, she has given concerto performances with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, and Festival Amadeus Orchestra in the USA, as well as recording a double concerto with the Latvian National Symphony in Riga, Latvia. Her performances and recordings have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, NPR (US), CBC Radio (Canada), Northern German Radio and Netherlands Radio.
Heidi’s newest ensemble, COULOIR, with cellist Ariel Barnes, explores the exquisite and rarely heard combination of cello and harp together. Since 2011, COULOIR has commissioned eight new works for cello and harp, toured in Canada and the US, and been broadcast live on CBC national radio. They have released two CDs, “Wine Dark Sea” and “MAXWELL, MUHLY, COULOIR” both on Ravello Records with international distribution on NAXOS. As champions of art music, COULOIR have given world premieres of their commissions across the country as Prairie Debut artists, at major festivals such as the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and on tour for NY’s Piatigorsky Foundation. In 2017, they will be guest artists at The International Society for Contemporary Music New Music Days.
As a member of acclaimed Trio Verlaine with flutist Lorna McGhee, and violist David Harding, Heidi has performed extensively in the US, Canada, and performed in the UK. Recent highlights have included performances at the Edinburgh International Festival, World Harp Congress, and a live recital for BBC Radio 3 as part of a retrospective on Debussy’s last sonatas. The Trio has commissioned several new works and arrangements for this beautiful combination of instruments, notably, “Trio for flute, viola, and harp” written for them by iconic Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. Their first CD “Fin de Siècle,” on the Skylark Music label, encompasses the music of Debussy and Ravel. Their second CD “Six Departures” was selected for the first round ballot of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
The Krutzen/McGhee Duo was brought together through a performance of Mozart’s “Concerto for flute and harp” with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra in 2000. Since then, the Duo has given numerous chamber music performances in North America, concerts in the UK, and concerto appearances in Canada and the US. They have recorded two CDs released on Skylark Music, and commissioned four new works for flute and harp.
In addition to her chamber music projects and solo concerts, Heidi is a founding member of Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble, principal harpist of the Philharmonia Orchestra London and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and former principal harpist of the CBC Radio Orchestra. She has been guest principal harpist of several orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Toronto Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony Orchestras. She has toured with large ensembles across Europe and in China, South Korea, Macau, and Japan. Recently she was a soloist with the Formosa Quartet in Taiwan where she will return this year to perform again with the Quartet at the National Concert Hall Taipei.
Heidi is a prizewinner at the American Harp Society National Competition. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, with both a Bachelor and Masters of Music and Eastman’s highest honour, the “Performer’s Certificate.” She continued her studies with renowned Parisian pedagogue Jacqueline Borot. Heidi now teaches at the University of British Columbia, and is on faculty at the National Youth Orchestra Canada. She has given masterclasses at universities in Canada, the US, and the UK.
“…The unexpected delight of the evening was violinist James Ehnes and harpist Heidi Krutzen in a Saint-Saens “Fantaisie” (Op. 124), which was all elegance and subtlety.
– Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times