Bridget Kibbey Harp Master Class presented by the Schubert Club
Called the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp,” by Vogue’s Senior Editor Corey Seymour, Bridget Kibbey is in demand for her diverse, energetic programming that places the harp on the front of the stage. Behind her harp – or the microphone – Kibbey excavates centuries of cultures and genres of music alongside today’s top performing artists, enthusiastically bringing audiences along for the discovery.
A natural chameleon on the harp, she is sought after in collaborations with today’s top jazz, classical, global, and Latin Jazz artists, in projects highlighting the baroque to the French Belle Époque, to Persian modes, to Nuevo Latino dance traditions.
Kibbey is a winner of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, a Salon de Virtuosi SONY Recording Grant, the only harpist to win a place in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program, Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France, and winner of Concert Artists Guild and the Juilliard School’s Peter Mennin Prize for Artistic Excellence and Leadership. Most recently, Kibey made her NPR Tiny Desk Debut.
This season, Kibbey is the 2022/23 Artist in Focus at the Schubert Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota, bringing three programs of her own creation to the city via performances, engagement and educational activities. She appears as soloist with Artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, presents a newly-commissioned concerto by Brazilian composer Joao Luiz Rezende with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and presents her own programming at the Phillips Club, Portland Ovations, Chamber Music Columbus, Calgary Pro Musicis, Chattanooga’s String Theory, among others.
She presents duo recitals with violinist Alexi Kenney, in works of Saint-Seans, Bach, Biber, Currier, Messiaen, Clark, Schumann, and Rodrigo. She launches her newest project, Persia to Iberia, alongside Persian singer Mahsa Vahdat and percussionist John Hadfield, traversing the sounds of the Islamic Golden Era, up through the Maghreb to 16th century Spain; and, continues her project, Bach to Brazil, alongside Latin-Grammy winning percussionist/composer Samuel Torres and clarinetist Louis Arques, in works of Jacob de Bandolim, Jose Barros, Paquito d’Rivera, Samuel Torres, and Juan Manuel Plaza. She presents an all French-masterworks program, in works of Debussy, Ravel, Boulanger, and Caplet, alongside the Calidore Quartet, and is featured as soloist alongside musicians of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Kibbey has toured and recorded with luminaries Placido Domingo, Dawn Upshaw, Kathleen Battle and Gustavo Santaollalo for SONY Records and Deutsche Grammaphon; and, her own debut album, Love is Come Again, was named one of the Top Ten Releases by Time Out New York. Ms. Kibbey’s solo performances have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today, New York’s WQXR, WNYC’s Soundcheck, WETA’s Front Row Washington, WRTI’s Crossover, and on television in A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts. She has been profiled in Vogue, Time Out New York, The Harp Column, and UK’s MUSO Magazine.
She appears frequently as soloist and chamber musician at festivals and series across the globe, including Schloss Elmau, Pelotas Festival, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart, La Jolla Music Society, International Festival d’Avesnois, Aspen, Bravo!Vail, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Big Ears Knoxville, Chamber Music Northwest, Bridgehampton, Savannah Music Festival, and Music@Menlo, among others. Kibbey has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras in the United States, Europe, South America, and Middle East.