Lauded for her artistry and ability to captivate audiences, harpist 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” (New York Times). She is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and winner of Concert Artist Guild’s 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, as well as on Music@Menlo LIVE in a collection of French Masterworks for harp and string quartet. This season marks the release of her newest album, Music Box, a celebration of solo harp works that showcase the rich cultural fabric that makes up the United States, with Dawn Upshaw as special guest. Ms. Kibbey’s solo per- formances have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today, New York’s WQXR, WNYC’s Soundcheck, WETA’s Front Row Washington, WRTI’sCrossover, and A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts.
This season, Bridget performs as concerto soloist with the Brazilian State Orchestra in Porto Alegre, the Pensacola Symphony, the Atlantic Coastal Orchestra, and will be featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center live and on NPR. She performs and records the world premier of a new work by luminary Kaija Saariaho in Rothko’s Chapel, and joins the International Contemporary Ensemble for solo and chamber works at Cité de la Musique in Paris. She makes her debut at the Savannah Mu- sic Festival, and will be featured as soloist and chamber musician at the Philipps Collection, in Boston’s Gardner Museum, Los Angeles’ Camerata Pacifica, Houston’s Da Camera, Denver’s Pendulum New Music, University of Arizona Presents, and at the Music@Menlo, Mostly Mozart, and Bay Chamber Festivals.
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 Shifrin, and the Calder and Jupiter Quar- tets. She is frequently 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 and world music trio MAYA. 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.
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