Praised for her ‘enchanting, precise and nuanced flute playing’, Third Prize winner of the 2014 NFA Piccolo Artist Competition in Chicago Ilonka Kolthof (1987) was a finalist of the 2013 International Boulogne-Billancourt Interpretation Competition in Paris. Additionally, she has won first prizes in Dutch competitions including the Princess Christina Competition, the Benelux Flute Competition, and the Dutch Young Musical Talent Competition.
Kolthof appears as a recitalist in the Netherlands and abroad. She feels equally at home as a concerto soloist; already at the age of 17, she performed as a soloist with the former Limburg Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore, Kolthof initiated the Dutch Piccolo Project, through which she aims to emphasize and bring to the limelight the piccolo as an autonomous solo instrument, and as a valuable instrument in smaller-scale chamber music. As a result of her commitment to contemporary repertoire, Kolthof was awarded scholarships by the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund and the Willem Mengelberg Fund of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
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Piccolo Artist Competition
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With the Dutch Piccolo Project Ilonka wants to emphasize and bring to the limelight the piccolo as an autonomous solo instrument, and as a valuable instrument in smaller-scale chamber music settings. Furthermore, she aims to contribute to the creation of a new, large-scale international canon of piccolo works.Read more
Fun, fresh and fearless flute and piano duo, bringing together standard and new repertoire with much dynamism!Read more
''Especially the ending, with almost inaudible piccolo sighs, was an unforgettable listening experience.'' Trouw
''Ilonka Kolthof played electrifyingly and with expression. She performs with conviction and courage.'' Linkprize
''Technically very high-level playing by Ilonka Kolthof'' Concertzender
''Ilonka Kolthof proved her ability of playing modern music with high control.'' FLUIT magazine
''Enchanted performance by flutist Ilonka Kolthof and pianist Ralph van Raat.'' Trouw
''(...) Ilonka Kolthof impressed with her precise and nuanced flute playing.'' de Volkskrant
''(...) sprightly technique and shining flute playing'' Hoog en Laag
''Spanish fire and virtuosic flute playing (...)'' Rijnsburger Courant