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BRIDGET KIBBEY, harp

As hailed by the New York Times, harpist Bridget Kibbey "...made it seem as though her instrument has been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she gets from it." A 2004 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, and winner of Concert Artist Guild's 2007 International Competition, harpist Bridget Kibbey has been featured in Symphony, MUSO, and Harp Column magazines, and has been featured on New York's WQXR, NPR's "Performance Today," and A&E's "Breakfast with the Arts." Ms. Kibbey self-released an album of solo works for harp, which was named one of 2007's Top Ten Recordings by TimeOut New York. Ms. Kibbey joined the Astral roster as a winner of its 2003 National Auditions and Astral has presented her at the Kimmel Center with Symphony in C as well as the Trinity Center for Urban Life with fellow Astral Artists, performing chamber masterworks with harp. Recent performances have taken her to many cities in the U.S. as well as Athens, Amsterdam, and Panama City. Ms. Kibbey has received such honors as the Premier Prix at the International Chamber Music Competition of Arles, France (in collaboration with flutist Julietta Curenton), Second Prize in Rome's recent Valentino Bucchi International Competition (Music for Harp in the 20th- and 21st-Century), the Juilliard School Peter Mennin Prize for musical leadership and excellence, an American Harp Society Anne Adams Award, and a Mustard Seed Foundation Harvey Fellowship. She appeared as featured soloist with the Juilliard Symphony, the Israel Youth Philharmonic, the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra, America's Dream Chamber Artists, The Haddonfield Symphony (now Symphony in C), the Westmoreland Symphony, and the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. As an orchestral harpist she has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Possessing a special interest in new music, Ms. Kibbey premièred new works by many of today's living composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, Kaija Saariaho, Augusta Read Thomas, and Charles Wourinen. She recently joined soprano Dawn Upshaw in recording Luciano Berio's Folk Songs and "Ayre" by Osvaldo Golijov for Deutsche Grammophon, and performed Britten's Canticles in Carnegie's Zankel Hall with tenor Ian Bostridge. At Carnegie Hall she was a soloist in Weill Recital Hall's Elliot Carter/Oliver Knussen workshop, and joined a hand-selected group of young musicians in presenting the first concert in Carnegie's Zankel Hall, under the direction of John Adams. She has been a featured soloist in New York's Music at the Anthology Festival, the Sonic Boom Festival, and the Juilliard FOCUS! Festival, and is the founding harpist of the International Contemporary Ensemble. She has performed at the Tanglewood Music Center; the Spoleto, Mostly Mozart, Pacific Music, Bowdoin Summer, June in Buffalo, Vermont Mostly Mozart Festivals. Bridget Kibbey is on the harp faculties of New York University, The Juilliard School Pre-College program, and Vassar College. She holds both Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where she completed studies with Nancy Allen.
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nortonconcerts - 16 Nov 2010
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nortonconcerts - 16 Nov 2010
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