Second Prize-winner of the 2017 ‘Kujala International Piccolo Competition’ Ilonka Kolthof is fast developing an international career as a versatile flute player and in particular as a specialist on the piccolo. She has performed across the U.S. and Europe, including a solo recital at the National Flute Association's convention in San Diego (CA). Ilonka won Third Prize in the 2014 ‘NFA Piccolo Artist Competition’ in Chicago (IL) and was finalist in the ‘Concours d'Interprétation de la Ville de Boulogne-Billancourt’ (Paris, 2013).
Dutch Piccolo Project
As a tireless promoter of her favourite instrument, Ilonka initiated the Dutch Piccolo Project, with the aim to highlight and actively promote the piccolo as an autonomous solo instrument. It has so far resulted in the creation of many new works for piccolo, with and without other instruments. It has also prompted collaboration with internationally acclaimed musicians and drawn considerable attention from the media.
Besides giving solo concerts, Ilonka Kolthof is in great demand as an orchestral musician and chamber music artist. As such she is a regular guest player with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (NL), the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (NL), the Doelen Ensemble (NL), the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra (BE), the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (BE) and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (SE). She performed as a soloist with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra and Mokum Symphony. Ilonka also gave concerts at several festivals in the Netherlands, such as the Gergiev Festival Rotterdam, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, November Music Den Bosch, Classical Encounters The Hague and the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht.
Kolthof finished her flute studies with Abbie de Quant and Harrie Starreveld at the Conservatory of Amsterdam in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music degree, and a Master of Music degree in 2012. In 2016 she obtained her Master of Music degree in piccolo performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, where she studied with Peter Verhoyen and launched her Dutch Piccolo Project which was awarded with 'Greatest Distinction'. Already early on during her studies Kolthof won first prizes in Dutch competitions including the Princess Christina Competition, the Benelux Flute Competition and the Young Musical Talent Competition.