“Fearless virtuosity and superb technique… a disc to be acquired and displayed in the years to come as the start of an exceptional career” BBC Music Magazine
“The latest phenomenon in the recorder world”. The Guardian
Rising star Lucie Horsch is a charismatic and passionate ambassador for her instrument. First revealed as a child prodigy on the recorder, Lucie went on to become an elegant Baroque virtuoso. She is a pure musician, subtle and inventive, using her curiosity and talent to discover new repertoires and musical genres.
In June 2020, Lucie received the highly prestigious “Dutch Music Award”, the highest distinction awarded by the Dutch Ministry of Culture and Education to classical musicians. In the 2021/22 season, Lucie was selected for the ECHO Rising Star tour of Europe’s top concert halls, nominated by Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Cologne’s Philharmonie. In 2022, she was awarded the coveted Borletti-Buitoni Trust Scholarship, which supports outstanding young musicians.
Recent highlights include his debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Ton Koopman, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich conducted by Jan Willem de Vriend, and the Hong Kong Phiharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Benjamin Bayl, tours of Europe with the excellent Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Orchestre du 18e siècle, Japan with the B’Rock Orchestra, and her French debut at the Folle Journée de Nantes, where she was chosen for the closing concert live on Arte with the Ricercar Consort.
In recital, Lucie Horsch forms a duo with lutenist Thomas Dunford, which has performed in numerous European venues (Wigmore Hall, LSO St Luke’s, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Cologne, Philharmonie Essen, Konzerthaus Vienna, Philharmonie Luxemburg, Brucknerhaus Linz, Auditori Barcelona) and on tour in Japan. Lucie is also a guest at festivals such as the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Festival de Pâques d’Aix en Provence, the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, the Thüringer Bachwochen, the Budapest Spring Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the MDR Musiksommer and the Hindsgavl Festival in Denmark, with partners including harpsichordists Ton Koopman, Olga Pashchenko, Justin Taylor and Max Volbers.
Lucie is an exclusive Decca Classics artist. His first disc was devoted to Vivaldi and won the prestigious Edison Klassiek prize in the Netherlands in 2017. His second CD, “Baroque Journey”, recorded with the Academy of Ancient Music and Thomas Dunford, features works by various European Baroque composers (including Sammartini, Bach, Handel and Marin Marais). The album was a real hit with the public and critics alike, reaching No.1 in the UK classical charts and winning the prestigious Opus Klassik award in Germany. For her third album, Origins, released by Decca in September 2022, Lucie moves away from the Baroque repertoire and presents a journey to the four corners of the globe through exceptional arrangements of popular and folk-inspired music from five continents, ranging from Bartók and Stravinsky to Piazzolla, Debussy, Isang Yun and Charlie Parker, as well as Irish, Senegalese and Latin American folk tunes.
Born into a family of professional musicians, Lucie began studying the recorder at the age of 5. Just four years later, she appeared on Dutch television in Brahms’s 5th Hungarian Dance, causing a sensation throughout the country. At the age of 11, already the winner of several prizes, she was admitted to the Sweelinck Academie at the Amsterdam Conservatory, where she studied with Walter van Hauwe. Also a talented pianist, she studied with Marjes Benoist and now attends Jan Wijn’s class at the Amsterdam Conservatory. She was a member of the National Children’s Choir for 7 years and has sung under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons and Jaap van Zweden. In 2014, she was chosen to represent the Netherlands at the Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians. In 2016, she won the prestigious “Concertgebouw Young Talent Prize” in the presence of Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Lucie plays flutes by Seiji Hirao, Frederick Morgan, Stephan Blezinger and Jacqueline Sorel, thanks to support from the Prins Bernhard Cultuutfonds.
© Simon Fowler