Sixteen-year-old Dutch flautist Lucie Horsch is one of the most remarkable musical talents of her generation. At the age of nine, her televised performance of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5 under conductor Jurjen Hempel caused something of a national sensation. In 2014, she represented Holland in the Eurovision Young Musician finals, performing Vivaldi’s Concerto per flautino. As a result, she was invited to perform in the Norsjø Chamber Music Festival and with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed at the Early Music Festival and the Next Generation Festival. In 2016 she won the Concertgebouw Young Talent Award. Horsch also performed as a soloist with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble in the televised farewell concert for former Queen Beatrix.
Horsch is the daughter of cellists Pascale Went and Gregor Horsch, principal of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. At the age of five, she began studying the recorder with Rob Beek at the Muziekschool van Amsterdam. In 2011, after winning several youth competitions, she enrolled at the Sweelinck Academie at the Amsterdam Conservatorium. Under Walter van Hauwe’s instruction, she continues a tradition of Dutch recorder playing started by Frans Brüggen, one of the most acclaimed recorder players of the 20th century.
Horsch is signed to the Decca Classics label. Her eagerly awaited debut album contains concertos and transcriptions of works by Vivaldi, a composer with whom Horsch feels a particular affinity. Passionately eager to break down preconceptions about the instrument, Horsh is proud to be an ambassador for the recorder. She is also keen to experiment and push boundaries: she also performs contemporary repertoire and equally loves jazz and pop music. Horsch plays on recorders built by Fred Morgan, Doris Kulossa, Stephan Blezinger and Hige Shirao, which she acquired with the generous support of the Prins Bernhard Foundation. She also gratefully uses a specially designed tenor flute from Tokyo.