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. Kristen received her first Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis studying with Immanuel Davis. After hopping the pond to the Netherlands in 2009, she has since become an avid specialist on the baroque flute, holding both Bachelors and Masters Diplomas from the Utrecht Conservatory (BM) and The Royal Conservatory of The Hague (MM), where she studied with Wilbert Hazelzet and 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 under Frans Brüggen. Her work with the Paris-based Ensemble Diderot, led by Johannes Pramsohler, has led to numerous appearances at festivals such as Musikfest Erzgebirge and the Bach Biennale Weimar. In addition Kristen appears on the ensemble’s 2016 CD recording of the Mondonville Trio Sonatas on Audax Records. Collaborations with several European historically informed ensembles have included performances at the Valletta International Baroque Festival in Malta with Mahan Esfahani and La Folia Barockorchester.

Closer to home, Kristen plays first flute with Dutch Baroque under the direction of Gerard de Wit, with whom she appears on the 2017 CD recording of the Bach Triple Concerto. A passionate chamber musician dedicated to reviving pre-classical repertoire, Kristen is the co-founder of The Primary Sources alongside forte-pianist Lucie de Saint Vincent. Kristen’s research on Empfindsamkeit in the chamber music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach has been adapted into an article for the online journal Music & Practice, published in 2015. Alongside a busy performance schedule, Kristen also enjoys a bustling teaching practice in Utrecht, NL.

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!

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!

Concerts

5 October, 2019 - Utrecht Company of Music

5 October, 2019 – Utrecht Company of Music
Dyonisiuskerk, Rijssen
BWV 192

3 November, 2019 - The Primary Sources

3 November, 2019 – The Primary Sources
Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht
Huiskamerkoncert: ‘Viennese Masters’ Program

The Primary Sources Website

13 December, 2019 - Florilegium Musicum

13 December, 2019 – Florilegium Musicum
Hohe Messe
Nijmegen

19 December, 2019 - ‘Engelse Kerstmelodieën’

19 December – ‘Engelse Kerstmelodieën’
Lieven de Key, Utrecht

13 March, 2020 - Stichting Dutch Baroque

13 March, 2020 – Dutch Baroque
Mathew Passion
Nieuwekerk Zierikzee

14 March, 2020 - Stichting Dutch Baroque

14 March, 2020 – Dutch Baroque
Mathew Passion
Sint Joriskerk, Amersfoort

25 March, 2020 - Children’s version of John Passion, Leusden

25 March, 2020 – Children’s version of John Passion
Leusden, NL

27 March - John Passion, Leusden

27 March – John Passion, Leusden

29 March, 2020 - John Passion, Goor

29 March, 2020 – John Passion, Goor

3 April, 2020 - Cappella Maria Barbara

3 April, 2020 – Cappella Maria Barbara
Mathew Passion
Ede, NL

4 April, 2020 - Cappella Maria Barbara

4 April, 2020 – Cappella Maria Barbara
Markus Passion
Harderwijk, NL

8 April, 2020 - Cappella Maria Barbara

8 April, 2020 – Cappella Maria Barbara
Mathew Passion
Huizen, NL

10 April, 2020 - La Sorpresa

10 April, 2020 – La Sorpresa
Mathew Passion
Zieuwent, NL

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