Second Prize winner of the ''2017 Kujala International Piccolo Competition'' Ilonka Kolthof is developing an international career as a versatile flute and piccolo player. As such, she has performed across the U.S. and Europe, including a solo recital at the 2016 National Flute Association's convention in San Diego. Additionally, Kolthof was a Third Prize winner of the ''2014 NFA Piccolo Artist Competition'' in Chicago and a finalist of the ''Concours d'interprétation de la ville de Boulogne-Billancourt'' in 2013. In season 2018/2019 she will release her first piccolo solo CD on Globe Records.
Besides playing solo concerts, Kolthof performs many concerts as an orchestral musician and chamber music artist. She is a regular guest player with a.o. the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal the Liège, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the Norrköpings Symfoniorkester, the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Arnhem Philharmonic, The Hague Philharmonic, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Promenade Orchestra, the Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy, the New Ensemble and the Doelen Ensemble. Feeling equally at home as a concerto soloist, Kolthof performed with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra and Mokum Symphony. Furthermore, she has played concerts at numerous festivals, a.o. Festival Dag in de Branding, Gergiev Festival, November Music, Grachtenfestival, ZOOM! Festival, International Flute Festival of the Dutch Flute Society, Kamermuziekfestival Den Haag and the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht.
Dutch Piccolo Project
Kolthof initiated the Dutch Piccolo Project, through which she aims to emphasize and bring to the limelight the piccolo as an autonomous solo instrument. Closely working with composers, it has resulted, and continues to result, into the creation of many new works for piccolo, to collaborations with internationally acclaimed musicians, to several publications and to substantial media attention. As a result of her commitment to contemporary repertoire, Kolthof was awarded scholarships by the Dutch Prince Bernhard Culture Fund and the Willem Mengelberg Fund of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Kolthof earned her Bachelor of Arts (2010) and Master of Arts (2012) degrees in flute performance from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, studying with Abbie de Quant and Harrie Starreveld. In 2015 she obtained her Master of Arts degree in piccolo performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, where she studied with Peter Verhoyen and launched her Dutch Piccolo Project which was awarded with ''Greatest Distinction''. During her early studies, Kolthof has won first prizes in Dutch competitions including the Princess Christina Competition, the Benelux Flute Competition and the Young Musical Talent Competition.