“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.”
- Stanley Fefferman, Showtimemagazine.ca
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. In their first two years together, COULOIR has commissioned six new works for cello and harp, toured in both Canada and the US, been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio, and recorded two CDs, the first of which was released by Ravello Recordings for international distribution through NAXOS. As touring artists for the 2012-2013 Prairie Debut season, COULOIR toured in the Yukon, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Their season also included concerts at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Mattina Musica, Vetta Chamber Music Series, White Rock Concerts, tours in Washington, Louisiana, and Oklahoma for NY’s Piatigorsky Foundation, and a second national broadcast on CBC Radio.
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” will be released this September on Ravello Recordings with international distribution on NAXOS.
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 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 to China, South Korea, Macau, and Japan, and this past May, was a soloist with the Formosa Quartet in Taiwan.
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