classical music, opera, theatre

Lucie Horsch

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  • Produced by Müpa Budapest
  • Rising Stars

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Who is it that teaches birds their song? If someone has heard the 20-year-old Dutch recorder virtuoso Lucie Horsch perform, they will undoubtedly reply: it could only be her, no one else. This phenomenal young artist is already an experienced musician: for several years already, her albums have been causing an international sensation. Müpa Budapest audiences can encounter her at the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO)'s Rising Stars Festival, which showcases talented young musicians. Those who have heard her before need to hear her again; those who have not heard her, need to see her.

There is a rule of law in the world of musicians: the more complicated the structure of an instrument, the easier it is to produce a consistently dynamic, faultless sound, with a clear intonation. Conversely, the simpler the instrument, the harder it is. Which means that it is easiest to produce a clear, articulated sound on the piano, and hardest on that tiny piece of wood with a nozzle and some holes we like to call a recorder or blockflöte. Lucie Horsch is a true magician of the instrument. And has been ever since she was a small child. Lucie grew up in a musical family and began playing the recorder aged five, before causing a sensation at the age of nine when she performed Brahms's Hungarian Dance No. 5 on a television show. By the age of 11, after winning numerous competitions, she joined the Sweelinck Academy in Amsterdam. She has now performed with numerous world famous orchestras, from the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra to the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. One notable feature of her Budapest concert is that Lucie will not only perform early music works from Telemann, Castello, Couperin, Princess Anna Amalia of Prussia and Bach, but also contemporary music, with a work written for solo recorder by the Finnish composer Lotta Wennäkoski, and two compositions from the Hungarian György Kurtág.

Nominated for the Rising Stars programme by: Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Kölner Philharmonie.

The new work being given its Hungarian première was commissioned by ECHO, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Kölner Philharmonie.

Supported by the European Union's Classical Futures Europe and Creative Europe programmes.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest


  • harpsichord
    Max Volbers
  • presenter and host
    Endre Tóth

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