Bridget Kibbey

 

Biography

 


Called the "Yo-Yo Ma of the harp," Bridget Kibbey explodes the instrument's inherent cross-genre capabilities via innovative programming and touring projects. She is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Classical Recording Foundation's Young Artist Award, a Salon de Virtuosi SONY Recording Grant, a winner of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society CMS II, Concert Artist Guild's International Competition, Astral Artist Auditions, and Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France. You can find Bridget performing French Masterworks with chamber-music collectives across the United States, collaborating with some of today's best jazz/world artists exploring cultural cross-pollination and its relevance to today, to commissioning today's top composers, to touring her own baroque keyboard transcriptions.

This month Bridget was awarded a Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance. She will be in residence at NYU's Center for Ballet and the Arts during Autumn 2018, working with Andrea Miller of Gallim Dance and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company's Kate Skarpetowska, building a multi-discipline touring project celebrating the harp's role during the Belle Époque in Paris.

This summer season, Bridget tours with the Pam Tanowitz Dance Company, the Knights, headlines a new festival in Silicon Valley, performs French Chamber Music at the Norfolk Music Festival, the Curtis Institute, Vivo Music Festival, and the Alpenglow Festival, and tours keyboard transcriptions of J.S. Bach alongside the Sebastians.

Upcoming seasons see tours with the Dover Quartet, Chalaca Music (Samuel Torres, Benito Meza, and Kibbey), and in duo with Avi Avital.
She launches a world-premiere harp concerto consortium, with a new work by Brazilian-born composer João Luiz Rezende, alongside five American Orchestras, to be announced in the 2018/19 season.

Ms. Kibbey's solo performances have been broadcast on NPR's Performance Today, on New York's WQXR and Q2 Radio, WNYC's Soundcheck, WETA’s Front Row Washington, WRTI’s Crossover, and A&E's Breakfast with the Arts. She has toured and recorded with Dawn Upshaw and Placido Domingo for SONY Records and Deutsche Grammaphon; and, her own solo debut album, Love is Come Again, was named one of the Top Ten Releases by Time Out New York. Bridget is featured annually with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Knights Chamber Orchestra, and Camerata Pacifica. She has appeared as featured soloist and chamber artist at the Bravo!Vail, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Chamber Music Northwest, Bridgehampton, Aspen, Bay Chamber, Pelotas, Savannah Music Festival, Music@Menlo Festivals, among others.

Bridget maintains harp studios at Bard Conservatory, New York University, and The Curtis Young Artist Institute.