Called “Chicago’s first lady of the cello” by Timeout Chicago Magazine, Dutch cellist Katinka Kleijn recently performed with the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra at Orchestra Hall and at the Library of Congress in “Intelligence in the Human Machine”.
In demand as soloist, she performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Charles Dutoit in Penderecki’s Triple Cello Concerto, as well as with the The Hague Philharmonic, the Chicago Sinfonietta , the Illinois Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestras of Elmhurst, DuPage and Sheboygan, New Millennium Orchestra, and as soloist in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Kai on the CSO’s MusicNOW Series. She collaborated in chamber music with Yo Yo Ma, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Christoph Eschenbach, Richard Goode, Lynn Harrell, Jeremy Denk, Stefan Jackiw,appeared at the Marlboro Music Festival and the Symphony Center Presents Series at Orchestra Hall.
Known for her individual projects, Kleijn presented her solo show “oil-free blush” at the Chicago Humanities Festival, highlighting the carcinogenic properties of makeup, which included seven premieres. A collaboration with the Chicago-based performance art duo Industry of the Ordinary resulted in the highly-acclaimed and publicized work “Intelligence in the Human Machine” by Daniel Dehaan, which Time magazine called “a balancing act for Kleijn’s whole body,” and where Kleijn performes a duet with her own brainwaves.
As a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) she has given many premieres, including the first American performance of Zona for solo cello and ensemble by Magnus Lindberg at the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and Eternal Escape for solo cello by Dai Fujikura. Dai Fujikura has been commissioned to write a cello concerto for Kleijn and ICE, which will be premiered at Lincoln Center on August 23, 2016.
Kleijn recorded for Naxos, Boston Records, David Baker’s Cello Concerto with the Chicago Sinfonietta on the Cedille label, with the progrock band District 97, the ambient-folk duo Relax Your Ears, singer-song writer David Sylvian, and has a working duo with guitarist Bill MacKay.