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Biography:

Lauded for her compelling artistry and virtuosity, harpist Bridget Kibbey is gaining a reputation for showcasing the broad range of her instrument through multiple-genre performances — drawing diverse audiences through new collaborations and platforms.

According to the New York Times, Bridget Kibbey “makes it seem as thought her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it.” She is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Classical Recording Foundation’s 2012 Young Artist Award, and winner of Concert Artist Guild’s 2007 International Competition and Astral Artist Auditions. 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 a recording of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre and Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs. Ms. Kibbey’s solo performances have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today, on New York’s WQXR, WNYC’s Soundcheck, WETA’s Front Row Washington, WRTI’s Crossover, and A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts.

Ms. Kibbey has collaborated with Grammy-Award winning producers Robert Sadin and Adam Abeshouse, Dawn Upshaw, Osvaldo Golijov, Ian Bostridge, David Krakauer, mandolinist Avi Avital, clarinetist Patrick Messina, Armenian oudist Ara Dinkjian, Jaime Laredo, Edgar Meyer, Mayumi Miyata, Cristina Pato, Sharon Robinson, David Shifrin, and the Calder and Jupiter Quartets. She is often featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, is the founding harpist of the International Contemporary Ensemble and Metropolis Ensemble, and often performs with the Knights Chamber Orchestra.

Highlights of the 2013/2014 Season include a five-orchestra World-Premiere Concerto Consortium. Bridget will perform a new harp concerto by Juno-Award winning Vivian Fung alongside standard harp concerti with the Alabama Symphony, Karlsruhe Badische Symphoniker, The Phillips Collection with the Phillips Camerata, San José Chamber Orchestra, and the Metropolis Ensemble. Bridget will be celebrating the Britten Centennial in duo with Ian Bostridge at Carnegie Hall, with Rob Kapilow and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus at Lincoln Center, performing Ceremony of Carols, and in various collaborations with Trinity Church, Wall Street. She will also be featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on tour and in Alice Tully Hall, performing French masterworks for harp and strings. Bridget is pleased to be returning to the Savannah Music Festival and will make her debut at the Poletas Music Festival in Brazil. She will present multiple performances across the States of her recent solo project, The Bridge Project, a virtuosic, cultural smorgasbord for solo harp- with new works by composers who draw inspiration from their native cultures, most having immigrated to NYC from other countries.

This past season Bridget recorded the world premier of a new work by luminary Kaija Saariaho in Rothko’s Chapel. She joined the International Contemporary Ensemble in solo and chamber works at the Mostly Mozart Festival and Cité de la Musique in Paris. She was concerto soloist with the Brazilian State Orchestra in Porto Alegre, the Pensacola Symphony, and the Atlantic Coastal Orchestra, and was featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As soloist and chamber musician, she performed at the Phillips Collection, Boston’s Gardner Museum, Los Angeles’ Camerata Pacifica, Houston’s Da Camera, Denver’s Pendulum New Music, University of Arizona Presents, Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, BodyVox Dance Company in Portland, Oregon, and the Savannah and Lake Music Festival.s

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 program.