NFA Third Prize winner of the 2014
NFA Piccolo Artist Competition
in Chicago
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Ilonka Kolthof

Praised for her ‘enchanting, precise and nuanced flute playing’, third-prize winner of the 2014 NFA Piccolo Artist Competition in Chicago Ilonka Kolthof is developing an international career as a piccolo soloist. As such, she has performed across the U.S. and Europe, most recently including a solo recital at the 2016 National Flute Association's convention in San Diego (CA). Furthermore, Kolthof performs many concerts as an orchestral musician and chamber artist. She performed a.o. with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal the Liège, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Arnhem Philharmonic, The Hague Philharmonic and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.

Kolthof 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, she 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 Dutch Prince Bernhard Culture Fund and the Willem Mengelberg Fund of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

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44th NFA flute convention

Picture - 44th NFA flute convention

23-08-2016 - Sometimes dreams come true! Sunday the 14th of August I had the honour to perform a solo recital with pieces from my Dutch Piccolo Project during the 44th National Flute Association's Convention in sunny San Diego (CA)! Also, I was invited to judge the Piccolo Artist Competition's Semi-Final round.

It was a lovely summer!

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Tuesday 11-10-2016

Orkest van het Oosten & ODD Continent
Morning Blossoms by Chloé Charody

De Spiegel Zwolle, The Netherlands
Starttime 20:00
Tickets € 0.00
Wednesday 12-10-2016

Orkest van het Oosten & ODD Continent
Morning Blossoms by Chloé Charody

De Spiegel Zwolle, The Netherlands
Starttime 20:00
Tickets € 0.00
Saturday 15-10-2016

Dag in de Branding | Festival voor Nieuwe Muziek
Soloist in Sciarrino's 'Studi per l'Intonazione del Mare' 

Elandstraatkerk The Hague, the Netherlands
Starttime 17:00
Tickets € 0.00
Thursday 03-11-2016

Orkest van het Oosten & ODD Continent
Morning Blossoms by Chloé Charody

Stadsschouwburg Haarlem, The Netherlands
Starttime 20:00
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Ilonka Kolthof and Ralph van Raat performing
Dutch Piccolo Project
Gizmo Duo
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Dutch Piccolo Project

Dutch Piccolo Project

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. 

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Duo Kolthof/Veinberg

Duo Kolthof/Veinberg

Fun, fresh and fearless flute and piano duo, bringing together standard and new repertoire with much dynamism! 

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''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