Heidi Krutzen


Principal Harp

Heidi Krutzen, is celebrated for her versatility as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer.

Portrait of Heidi Krutzen

Recent highlights have included concerts in London, Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, and Aix-en-Provence with the Philharmonia Orchestra, guest principal harp appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC with the National Symphony Orchestra, concerts in Taipei, Taiwan with the Formosa Quartet, and a performance with her Trio at the Edinburgh International Festival. A member of several acclaimed chamber groups, COULOIR, Trio Verlaine, Krutzen/McGhee Duo and the Turning Point Ensemble, Heidi has toured extensively throughout North America, in the UK and Asia.

Her performances have been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, NPR, and CBC Radio. Heidi is featured on many discs, including a double concerto with the Latvian National Symphony. Her most recent CD Six Departures was selected for the first round ballot of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards and in May, her duo COULOIR, release their second CD MAXWELL, MUHLY, COULOIR. A return guest at major festivals such as the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, and Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Heidi is Principal Harp of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, serves on the faculty of the National Youth Orchestra Canada, and teaches at the University of British Columbia School of Music. She is dedicated to expanding the repertoire for harp, and bringing her instrument forward into the 21st century through numerous commissions by today’s leading composers.

Passionate about humanitarian work, Heidi devotes her free time with a small but formidable team to fundraising, volunteering and running, Malambo Grassroots, a charity dedicated to community development in southern Zambia.

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