Katinka Kleijn, cello

Called “Chicago’s first lady of the cello” by Timeout Chicago Magazine, Dutch cellist Katinka Kleijn is a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the International Contemporary Ensemble. In demand as soloist, she performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit in Penderecki’s Triple Cello Concerto, as well as with the The Hague Philharmonic, the Chicago Sinfonietta , the Illinois Philharmonic, the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, and as a soloist in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Kaion the CSO’s MusicNOW Series. 

She appeared in chamber music collaborations with Yo Yo Ma, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Christoph Eschenbach, Richard Goode, Lynn Harrell, Jeremy Denk, at the Marlboro Music Festival, Chicago’s Symphony Center Presents Series, and in recital at the Library of Congress.

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 performs a duet with her own brainwaves.

In Kleijn’s extensive work 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.

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.