The New York Times
“But the surprise of the program came at the start, when Ms. Kibbey played her own transcription of Bach’s dark and restless Toccata and Fugue in D minor for Organ. Say again? This mighty organ piece played on a harp? It was remarkable. …the gossamer colorings and improvisatory fervor of Ms. Kibbey’s account hooked me.”
Seattle City Arts Magazine
“It gave a fresh face to the familiar music, and the result was extraordinary.”
“One of the most riveting and unusual chamber music performances of my lifetime…a Yo-Yo Ma of the harp.”
New York Music Daily
“…as performance, it was pure punk rock.”
“The unexpected star of the evening was Bridget Kibbey, one of the most individual and inventive harpists and musicians of her generation. In arrangements for harp and soprano of Schubert’s “Seligkeit” and “An die Laute,” Kibbey invigorated these often sanitized stalwart favorites with unabashed sensuality…Kibbey raised the recital to its artistic peak with her theatrical and stunningly virtuosic arrangement of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, performed with intoxicating precision.”
The Washington Post
“Harpist Bridget Kibbey’s recital at the Phillips Collection on Sunday went from beauty to rarefied beauty in an eclectic hour-long program. The dazzling runs, complex poly-rhythmic figures and chiming of bell-like harmonics all made their effect, thanks as much to Kibbey’s formidable technique as to the canny writing of the composers and arrangers on offer…”
Called the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp,” by Vogue Senior Editor Corey Seymour, Bridget Kibbey is in demand for her innovative, virtuosic performances that expand the expressive range of the harp. Collaborating with some of today’s top artists, she crosses genres to emphasize the harp’s role through centuries and cultures of music. The New York Times has remarked that “…she 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.”
Kibbey has received a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Salon de Virtuosi SONY Recording Grant. She is the winner of the Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France, the Concert Artists Guild competition, and the Juilliard School’s Peter Mennin Prize for Artistic Excellence and Leadership. She is a graduate of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two), and is featured annually with the CMSLC.
With the harp as her muse, Bridget Kibbey is sought after for her keen curatorial ideas through music. She currently tours several projects of her own conception ranging from French Masterworks of the Belle Époque, to the riches of baroque counterpoint, to popular and familiar folk music from South America to Sephardia which resulted from some of history’s greatest cross-cultural pollination stories.
Bridget Kibbey’s 2019-2020 season includes appearances in thirty North American cities. She will perform her own adaptations of J.S. Bach’s keyboard concerti alongside the Dover Quartet, duo recitals with long-term friend and collaborator—mandolinist Avi Avital, and duo recitals with the Iranian Singer Mahsa Vahdat which explore the poetry of Rumi, Hafez, and Vahdat.
During this season and next Bridget Kibbey will delve into her passion for Brazilian popular music with a new harp concerto by Brazilian composer João Luiz Rezende. The concerto for harp, strings, and percussion explores the evolution of the dance forms maracatú and frevo from Pernambuco, Brazil. It has been commissioned by four American Orchestras and premiered with the Orlando Philharmonic and Music Director Eric Jacobsen in fall 2019.
Also during the 2019-2020 season, Carnegie Hall will present Kibbey’s Bach to Brazil project via CityWide, their free concert series that celebrates the sounds from around the globe that make New York City so vibrant. Bach to Brazil includes newly-commissioned works that highlight the Nuevo Latino luminaries living in NYC and the folk masters that inspired them in a mash-up of maracatú, frevo, chorinho, bossa nova, joropo, tango, and cumbia from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, and Venezuela. Kibbey performs as soloist with Latin Grammy-winning percussionist Samuel Torres, clarinetist Louis Arques, and guitarist João Luiz Rezende.
She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in festivals across the globe, including Schloss Elmau, Pelotas Festival, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, International Festival d’Avesnois, Aspen Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, Big Ears Knoxville, Chamber Music Northwest, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, Savannah Music Festival, and Music@Menlo, among others.