Lauded for her artistry that transcends the instrument, yet possessing a special connection with the harp that captivates audiences across the United States and abroad, Bridget Kibbey displays the unique abilities of this fantastic instrument, with genre-bending performances ranging from baroque to world music, to collaboration with singer/songwriters, to commissioning new works from today's composers. She is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of Concert Artist Guild's 2007 International Competition and Astral Artist Auditions. Bridget's debut album, Love is Come Again
, was named one of 2007's Top Ten Releases by Time Out New York
. She may also be heard on Deutsche Grammaphon with Dawn Upshaw, on a recording of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre
and Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs. Ms. Kibbey's solo performances have been broadcast on NPR's Performance Today, on New York's WQXR, WNYC's Soundcheck, WETA’s Front Row Washington, WRTI’s Crossover, and A&E's Breakfast with the Arts. As hailed by The New York Times
, harpist Bridget Kibbey “made it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it.”
Ms. Kibbey has collaborated with an array of artists in repertoire new and established, including Ian Bostridge, David Krakauer, Jaime Laredo, Edgar Meyer, Mayumi Miyata, Cristina Pato, Sharon Robinson, David Shifrin, and the Calder and Jupiter Quartets. She is frequently featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and is the founding harpist of the International Contemporary Ensemble and Metropolis Ensemble. Recent highlights include Opening Night at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and multiple appearances in Alice Tully Hall showcasing French masterworks with harp with members of the Society; appearances at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C; Boston's Gardner Museum; Chicago's Music Now series; Elliott Carter's 103rd Birthday Celebration; concerto appearances with the Modesto and Illinois Symphonies; a concerto tour with the Manchester Festival Strings; and solo and chamber performances at the Music@Menlo and Mostly Mozart Festivals.
This season’s highlights include the world premier recording of a new work by luminary Kaija Saariaho in Rothko’s Chapel. She joins the International Contemporary Ensemble in solo and chamber works at the Mostly Mozart Festival and Cité de la Musique in Paris. She will be concerto soloist with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony, New Jersey’s Atlantic Coastal Orchestra, and Brazil's Orquestra Sinfonica de Porto Alegre. She will be featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center live at Lincoln Center, and on various NPR broadcasts throughout the year. She will be featured in Phillips Camerata at the Phillips Collection, Boston’s Gardner Museum, Los Angeles’ Camerata Pacifica, Houston’s Da Camera, Denver’s Pendulum New Music, University of Arizona Presents in Tuscon, Arizona, and Downtown Concerts in Freehold, New Jersey. This season also marks the release of her newest album, Music Box
, a celebration of solo harp works that celebrate the rich cultural fabric that makes up the United States, with Dawn Upshaw as special guest. Ms. Kibbey is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she studied with Nancy Allen. In addition to being on the faculty of The Bard College Conservatory of Music she teaches at New York University and Juilliard Pre-College.