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Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Strings - Cello

Katinka Kleijn


Katinka Kleijn’s solo credits include appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Youth Concerts; the Hague Philharmonic Orchestra; the Chicago Sinfonietta; the symphony orchestras of Elmhurst, Sheboygan, DuPage, and Indian Hill; the Highland Park Strings; the New Millennium Orchestra; and the Illinois Philharmonic. Kleijn has appeared at the Marlboro Music Festival, on the Ravinia Festival’s Rising Star Series, with Chamber Music Quad Cities, on the Vetta Chamber Music Series in Vancouver, and in recital at the Maverick Concerts Series in Woodstock, New York.

An avid chamber musician, she has partnered with pianists Christoph Eschenbach and Richard Goode, as well as cellist Lynn Harrell, and she joined the Chicago Chamber Musicians in 2006. As a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), she toured Poland and Mexico and performed the American premiere of Zona for solo cello and seven instruments by Magnus Lindberg at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. She regularly performs on the CSO’s MusicNOW series and was the soloist in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Kai. Her May 2007 American premiere of Eternal Escape by Dai Fujikura was described by John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune as “a five-minute tour de force, played with wonderfully incisive bravado.” Her 2003 recording of David Baker’s Cello Concerto with the Chicago Sinfonietta on the Cedille label won rave reviews: The Strad magazine writes that “Kleijn gives infectious energy to the performance”; Fanfare comments that “Kleijn brings plenty of temperament and gorgeous tone to her solo part.”

Kleijn regularly performs in a variety of styles, which can be heard at her website, She is a member of the Greg Ward Sextet, the guitar-cello duo Relax Your Ears, and the progressive rock metal band District 97 ( Relax Your Ears’ record, available at, was released April 2009 and named an Editor’s Pick by

To seek support for her younger colleagues, Kleijn founded the Holland-America Music Society in 1999 and launched the annual HAMS Competition for strings, distinguished by its first prize award—the full-time use of a fine contemporary Dutch instrument and a CD.

After winning the Dutch Princess Christina Competition at age 16, Kleijn studied with Laurence Lesser and Lynn Harrell before joining the Chicago Symphony in 1995.

August 2009

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