BRIDGET KIBBEY, HARP
Possessing a special connection with her instrument that captivates audiences across the United States and abroad, harpist Bridget Kibbey
displays the unique abilities of this fantastic instrument, with genre-bending performances ranging from baroque to world music, to collaboration with singer/songwriters, to commissioning new works from today’s composers. An Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, a winner of Concert Artist Guild’s 2007 International Competition and Astral Artist Auditions, Ms. Kibbey’s performances have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today, on New York’s WQXR, WNYC’s Soundcheck, and A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts. Bridget’s debut album, Love is Come Again, was named one of 2007′s Top Ten Releases by Time out New York. She may also be heard on Deutsche Grammaphon with Dawn Upshaw on Berio’s Folk Songs and Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre. As hailed by The New York Times, harpist Bridget Kibbey “made it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it.”
Ms. Kibbey has collaborated with an array of artists in repertoire new and established, including Ian Bostridge, David Krakauer, Jaime Laredo, Edgar Meyer, Mayumi Miyata, Cristina Pato, Sharon Robinson, David Schifrin, and the Calder and Jupiter Quartets. She is frequently featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and is the founding harpist of the International Contemporary Ensemble and Metropolis Ensemble.
This season’s highlights include Opening Night at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and multiple appearances in Alice Tully Hall showcasing French masterworks with harp with members of the Society, appearances at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C, Boston’s Gardner Museum, Chicago’s MusicNow series, Elliott Carter’s 103rd Birthday Celebration, concerto appearances with the Modesto Symphony, Illinois Symphony, a concerto tour with the Manchester Festival Strings, and solo and chamber performances at the Music@Menlo and Mostly Mozart Festivals.
2012 will also see the premier of her new solo project, Music Box, a vibrant exploration of solo harp told through the lens of seven international composers, bringing their unique folk backgrounds to the harp, including Paquito d’Rivera, Kinan Azmeh, DuYun, David Bruce, Susie Ibarra, Kati Agocs, among others.
A leader in broadening the scope and platform of her instrument, she has premiered new works by Kati Agocs, Harrison Birtwistle, Sebastian Currier, Pierre Boulez, Nathan Shields, Kaija Saariaho, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Augusta Read Thomas, and Charles Wuorinen. Ms. Kibbey performed Britten’s Canticles in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall with tenor Ian Bostridge, performed the New York premier of Elliot Carter’s Mosaic in Zankel Hall for the composer’s 100th birthday, and the American premier of Sebastian Currier’s Broken Minuets with Symphony in C in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center.
Ms. Kibbey is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she studied with Nancy Allen. She is on the harp faculties of Bard Conservatory, New York University, and the Juilliard Pre-College Division. www.BridgetKibbey.com