Heidi Krutzen is celebrated for her versatility as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral performer and teacher. She is principal harpist of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vancouver Opera, former principal harpist of the CBC Radio Orchestra, and has been guest principal harpist with numerous orchestras notably the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. A member of several acclaimed chamber groups – COULOIR with cellist Ariel Barnes, Trio Verlaine with flautist Lorna McGhee and violist David Harding, the Krutzen/McGhee Duo, and the Turning Point Ensemble, Heidi has toured extensively throughout North America, in the UK and Asia, with performances broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, NPR in the US, and CBC Radio. She is also a regular guest at major chamber music festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Music in the Vineyards, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Festival Vancouver, and Music in the Morning.
On disc, Heidi has can be heard in several unique combinations including a double concerto written for her and yangqin virtuoso, Vivian Xia, recorded with the Latvian National Symphony. Her most recent releases “MAXWELL, MUHLY, COULOIR” garnered «Artist of the Year» for COULOIR at the 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards.
Alongside recording new works, Heidi is dedicated to expanding the repertoire for harp. An upcoming highlight in the autumn of 2018 will be the world premieres of two new double concertos written for COULOIR.
Passionate about humanitarian work, Heidi devotes her free time with a small but formidable team to fundraising, volunteering and running Malambo Grassroots, a charity dedicated to community development in southern Zambia.