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 music 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, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and the DoelenEnsemble.
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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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