Kristen Huebner

Baroque & Classical Flutist

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Mondonville: Trio Sonatas Op 2

Kristen Huebner, flute / Johannes Pramsohler & Roldán Bernabé, violins Gulrim Choi, cello / Philippe Grisvard, harpsichord

by: Audax Records

“Fine works demonstrating even better playing by the Ensemble Diderot. Both fiddles play with persuasive mastery, but the finest moments arrive with the ravishing transverse flute playing of Kristen Huebner.”

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About me

Bio

Originally from the United States, Kristen Huebner now bases her musical life in the Netherlands and Europe. An avid specialist of the baroque flute, Kristen holds both Bachelors and Masters Diplomas from the Utrecht Conservatory (BM) and The Royal Conservatory of The Hague (MM), where she studied with Wilbert Hazelzet & Kate Clark. She has toured Europe with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Ton Koopman and has collaborated alongside members of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century with Frans Brüggen. A passionate chamber musician dedicated to reviving pre-classical repertoire, Kristen is the co-founder of The Primary Sources alongside fortepianist Lucie de Saint Vincent. Her work with the Paris-based Ensemble Diderot has led to a CD recording of the Mondonville Sonatas set to be released in October 2016.

Her upcoming 2016-17 season includes appearances with Ensemble Diderot  and The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir (Ton Koopman), Musica Amphion and Stichting Dutch Baroque in the Netherlands. Kristen’s research on Empfindsamkeit in the chamber music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach has recently been adapted into an article for the online journal Music & Practice, published in 2015.

Publications

In addition to playing music, I’m also deeply invested in writing about it. Of course this implies an interest in research and scholarship. My biggest area of interest concern discovering material which is as yet unknown or underappreciated.

My Masters research on the chamber music of the Empfindsamkeit was published by the online peer-reviewed journal ‘Music and Practice’… Read it here!

I’ve also published a plethora of concert reviews for the online journal ‘Bachtrack’

Press

Press for Ensemble Diderot’s Mondonville CD and Concerts:

“The finest moments of this recording arrive with the transverse flute playing of Kristen Huebner…Her tone on the instrument is ravishing and provides more vivid contrast in the melodic voices.”
-Fritz Balwit (December 18, 2016)
Ensemble Diderot CD Review on Audiophile Audition

“The Ensemble Diderot perform with historical awareness and enthusiasm. Their commitment to this music, receiving its first recording, is persuasive and their flawless precision is compelling.”
-Stephen Greenbank
Ensemble Diderot CD Review on Music Web International

Praise for Ensemble Diderot Concerts, December 2016:

“Betörend elegant in den federleicht und höchst beweglich dahingeträllerten Vogelstimmenimitationen und ausdrucksreich und gefühlvoll in den lyrischen Passagen.”
-Hans Jürgen Kugler (December 6, 2016)
Bad Krozingen Concert Review in Badischen Zeitung

“Das Concerto à 4 parties in a-Moll von Michel Blavet glänzte durch seinen tänzerischen Auftakt. In den heiter und unbeschwert aufspielenden Flötenpassagen brillierte Kristen Huebner in spannungsreichen Improvisationen über tiefen Cello-Liegetönen. Berührend der langsame Mittelsatz als innig-sinnliches Duett von Flöte und Violine in vollkommener Harmonie, die durch einen stürmisch wie ein Sommergewitter hereinbrechenden Finalsatz virtuos zu Ende geführt wird.”
-Hans Jürgen Kugler (December 6, 2016)
Bad Krozingen Concert Review in Badischen Zeitung

“La sonate en trio op. 2 n°5 de Jean-Joseph Cassanea de Mondonville ouvre le répertoire à la flûte chaude et envoûtante de Kristen Huebner.”
-Bertrand Ferrier (December 17, 2016)
Concert Review of Ensemble Diderot Paris CD Release Concert

ENSEMBLES

As special guest of the Paris-based Ensemble Diderot, I’ve had the pleasure of recording two Mondonville Sonatas, No. 3 & 5, performing the Opera ‘Falstaff’ and playing Blavet Concerto frequently in concert in Sudtirol, Italy, Germany and France.

Our next upcoming adventure continues with a program of Bach’s Musical offering, Blavet’s Flute Concerto and Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach’s outlandish trio sonata in G, among others! Come join us at the Bach Biennale Weimar this summer on 14 or 15 July!

The Primary Sources is a pre-classical chamber music duo specializing in works from the late 18th to early 19th centuries. Forming the basis are Kristen Huebner and Lucie de Saint Vincent on fortepiano, with special guests Zdenka Prochazkova (baroque viola) and Gerda Marijs (baroque cello).

Our most recent trio program, together with cellist Gerda Marijs, explores the connection between ex-pat composers from ‘the continent’ (Johann Christian Bach, Carl Friedrich Abel, Muzio Clementi, a young Mozart on tour and Haydn to name a few) and their new-found artistic home in London during the 1760s. Come check it out on 1 September in Deventer!

Clavilicious

Clavilicious is a duo I share together with Greek clavichordist Alex Mastichiadis. We dig deep into the trenches of the late 18th-century repertoire for flute and keyboard to bring you one of the most intimate sound experiences possible in our repertoire. The unique quality of the clavichord will draw your ears down another decible, while the flute hovers on top, inviting the listener to explore the colors so richly blended by the two.

Stay tuned for details of our next concert on 4 November during the Kasteelconcerten in Gelderland en Overijssel 2018-19 season!

Tour Dates

7 October - Giedde Ensemble - Schwartzsche Villa

Newly-formed ‘Giedde Ensemble’ will perform works for two flute and cello at the Schwartzsche Villa Berlin.

Sunday, 7 October
19:00
Schwartzsche Villa Berlin

4 November - Klavilicious in Kasteelconcerten series!

Clavichordist Alex Mastichiadis (GR) and I are extremely excited to bring our program to the Kasteelconcerten series this year! Enjoy the subtle but dramatic tones of the clavichord as the flute blends and accentuates its every move!

Sunday, 4 November
15:00
Landgoed Old Putten
Kasteelconcerten Series

23 & 24 November - Dutch Baroque Orchestra

DBO will present a program of J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass. Two chances to check it out:

Friday, 23 November
20:00
Bovenkerk Kampen

Saturday, 24 November
20:00
Sint Janskerk Gouda

Tickets and info can be found at the Dutch Baroque website.

Teachings and Contact

Teachings

I’m passionate about teaching the flute and exploring genres both close to my heart and stretching outside my comfort zone. If you’re an absolute beginner or have the itch to take the instrument back up again after a few years, there’s always a good time to begin! My lessons are catered to your musical interests, level and availability.

Check out my teaching profile at Vivaldi Music Lessons:
Vivaldi Music Lesssons

Contact