Second Prize winner of the 2017 International Kujala Piccolo Artist Competition Ilonka Kolthof is developing an international career as a piccolo soloist. As such, she has performed across the U.S. and Europe, including a solo recital at the 2016 National Flute Association's convention in San Diego. Additionally, Kolthof was a Third Prize winner of the 2014 NFA Piccolo Artist Competition in Chicago. This year she will release her first piccolo solo CD on Globe Records.
Kolthof performs many concerts as an orchestral musician and chamber music artist. She is a regular guest player with a.o. the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal the Liège, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Arnhem Philharmonic, The Hague Philharmonic and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. Feeling equally at home as a concerto soloist, Kolthof performed as a soloist with the Dutch Limburg Symphony Orchestra.
Kolthof initiated the Dutch Piccolo Project, through which she aims to emphasize and bring to the limelight the piccolo as an autonomous solo instrument. 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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15-03-2017 - Thrilled to announce that I won the Second Prize at the 2017 International Kujala Piccolo Artist Competition in Chicago last weekend!More news
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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