Biography

A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, Kirsten made her solo debut playing the Schumann Cello Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra while studying with renowned soloist and pedagogue Johannes Goritzki. After finishing her studies in Switzerland, she joined the Ragazze Quartet in Holland, with whom she released albums under the label Channel Classics and performed regularly on live TV, radio, and at major venues including the Royal Concertgebouw.

Kirsten has taken part in international concert series and festivals throughout Europe, Indonesia, Japan and the US, including IMS Prussia Cove, The London Masterclasses, and the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. She was awarded Best British Cellist at the 2016 International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso, and now has a busy freelance career, combining session work and private teaching with her love of solo and chamber music. As a member of the Fontanelli Quartet, Kirsten was a Park Lane Young Concert Artist, and then with the Dulcinea Quartet held the Carne Fellowship at Trinity College in London, alongside multiple tours to Japan and a collaboration with Geidai Music University.

Kirsten maintains ties with Germany and Switzerland, travelling back to Mainz in particular to give concerts championing the 'Violins of Hope' project. Festivals include the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival and Rottweil Sommersprossen, where she has collaborated with players from notable ensembles including the Auryn Quartet, Hiyoli Togawa and Hariolf Schlichtig. She guests regularly with chamber ensembles throughout the UK and abroad including the historic Allegri Quartet, the Primrose Piano Quartet. Kirsten is a member of the United Strings of Europe, with whom she has recorded albums under Bis Records.

As a session musician, Kirsten has appeared on numerous albums and records for the likes of Little Simz, Abi Sampa, Beverley Knight, and Noel Gallagher amongst many others. She has performed live with Tom Chaplin (Keane), Peabo Bryson, Myleen Klass, The Quireboys, Tom Walker and Imelda May amongst many others. Kirsten enjoys exploring a variety of genres alongside her classical performances.