''Musicians like Ilonka Kolthof are what keep the music world so fascinating.'' Ned McGowan (composer, 2019)
''Wonderful stage presence (...)'' Kujala International Piccolo Competition Finals (2017)
''(...) an unforgettable listening experience.'' Trouw (2015)
''Ilonka Kolthof performs with expression, conviction and courage.'' Linkprize Finals (2013)
''Technically very high-level playing by Ilonka Kolthof'' Concertzender (2013)
''Ilonka Kolthof proved her ability of playing modern music with full control.'' FLUIT magazine (2012)
''Enchanted performance by flutist Ilonka Kolthof and pianist Ralph van Raat.'' Trouw (2012)
''(...) Ilonka Kolthof impressed with her precise and nuanced flute playing.'' de Volkskrant (2012)
''(...) sprightly technique and shining flute playing'' Hoog en Laag (2011)
''Spanish fire and virtuosic flute playing (...)'' Rijnsburger Courant (2010)
Second Prize winner of the ''2017 Kujala International Piccolo Competition'' Ilonka Kolthof is developing an international career as a versatile flute and piccolo player. 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 (CA). Additionally, Kolthof was a Third Prize winner of the ''2014 NFA Piccolo Artist Competition'' in Chicago (IL) and a finalist of the ''Concours d'interprétation de la ville de Boulogne-Billancourt'' in 2013. In season 2018/2019 she will release her first piccolo solo CD.
Besides playing solo concerts, 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 (BE), Antwerp Symphony Orchestra (BE), Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (SE), Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (NL), Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra (NL), The Hague Philharmonic (NL), Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (NL) and the DoelenEnsemble (NL). Feeling equally at home as a concerto soloist, Kolthof performed with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra and Mokum Symphony.
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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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