Janine Jansen hands over her festival to cellist, 24

The Dutch violinist has decided to have over the hometown festival she founded in 2002 to a young neighbour, Harriet Krijgh.

Harriet Krijgh

The festival has been built around Janine’s friends:  Ian Bostridge, Martin Fröst, Eldar Nebolsin, Boris Brovtsyn, Lawrence Power and more. Expect a new generation.


There is some important news Janine would like share with you.

Janine: “Upcoming festival in June will be the last edition in which I will participate as artistic director of  the festival. I have thought about it  at length, but after thirteen wonderful years it is time to pass the baton to a younger generation. I have realized a dream come true with this festival which I will miss it terribly. The great atmosphere, the adrenalin, the fantastic audiences. But I want to hand over my festival when it’s flourishing. And Harriet is the ideal successor. She comes from Utrecht, she has the same passion for chamber music and she has a large international group of music friends who are eager to come to Utrecht! “


The 24-year-old cellist Harriet Krijgh is the successor designated by Janine Jansen herself. From 2017 Harriet will be the new artistic director of the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht. Just like Janine Harriet is from Utrecht; she is exactly the same age as Janine when she founded the chamber music festival in 2003, and Harriet is just like Janine in that year, breaking through with dazzling speed as exceptional musician, both in the Netherlands and abroad. In Austria Harriet has built her own festival, “Harriet and Friends’.

During the festive closing concert of upcoming festival on Sunday 3 July Janine and Harriet play together in the Octet by Mendelssohn. Then Janine will literally hand over the baton to Harriet.

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  • Pardon? From day-1 Miss Jansen announced as clear as cristal water that the formula of her Utrecht chambermusicfestival was ‘Janine and friends’.
    That’s and that’s all. So what is the Problem?
    Basta signor.

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