Kirsten studied in London at the Guildhall School of Music with Louise Hopkins and Leonid Gorokhov, and then in Scotland and Switzerland with renowned soloist and pedagogue Johannes Goritzki. She performed the Schumann Cello Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the City Halls, and during her studies won numerous prizes and awards include the RSAMD Concerto Competition, the CSI Concerto Competition in Lugano, the Helen Winning Memorial Prize at the Tunbridge Wells International YCA Competition, and the Scottish A. Ramsay Calder Debussy Prize. She 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. Kirsten was awarded Best British Cellist at the 2016 International Music Competition Grand Prize Virtuoso.
Kirsten has a busy freelance career, combining session work and private teaching with her love of solo and chamber music. In 2014 Kirsten was cellist of the Fontanelli Quartet, who were selected as Park Lane Young Concert Artists. From 2014 - 2016 she was cellist of the Ragazze Quartet in Holland, with whom she released two albums under the label Channel Classics, performed regularly on live TV and radio, and at major venues including the Royal Concertgebouw. Kirsten then joined the London-based Dulcinea Quartet, who held the Carne Fellowship at Trinity College in London from September 2016, alongside multiple tours to Japan and a collaboration with Geidai Music University.
Kirsten has played with the historic Allegri Quartet a number of times to cover their cellist’s maternity leaves, and has coached on the chamber music senior course at Procorda. Alongside other projects, Kirsten plays with various London-based chamber ensembles, including the urban innovative music group Project Instrumental, and Anima, a chamber ensemble playing contemporary music alongside animated films. Kirsten plays with The United Strings Of Europe, and guests regularly with chamber ensembles throughout the UK and Europe.