Katinka Kleijn

  • Location: United States of America, United States of America
  • Instrument/Speciality: Cello

As a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, I have enjoyed performing with the world’s greatest conductors for 25 years. As a soloist, I have performed with the Chicago Symphony under the baton of Charles Dutoit, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, and, described by the New York Times as “a player of formidable expressive gifts,” premiered Dai Fujikura’s Cello Concerto at Lincoln Center. I collaborated with Yo Yo Ma, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, at the Marlboro Music Festival and have taught at DePaul School of Music, Notre Dame University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Banff Centre for the Arts.


During my tenure at the CSO I developed major interests in contemporary music and improvisation. To me, these practices only enrich and do not exclude each other. Recently I performed in recital at Carolina Performing Arts, was commissioned to write a piece for 11 improvisers for the Instigation Festival in Chicago, and released my record ‘STIR’ with guitarist Bill MacKay on Drag City Records.


I have enjoyed performing the cannon of contemporary classical music and collaborating with living composers creating new works as a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) for the past 17 years.


When I was 16, I completely changed my technical setup, a move that I credit my current success as a cellist to. Because I did this at a relative late age, I am very aware of what I changed, how to make such changes, how they come to mature, and I am able to articulate the important aural tradition of technique and etude study. I'm particularly apt at technique trouble shooting--let's work on a passage in a free trial meeting. As a member of the CSO, I have adjudicated countless auditions and can offer insightful and effective audition and excerpt coaching.


Before joining the CSO, I completed my studies with Lynn Harrell at the University of Southern California, and Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory of Music. www.katinkakleijn.com


Free 15 min consultation

Let's meet and find out what your goals are, and how we can make progress towards realizing them together.

  • USD $ 0.00
  • 15 mins

Create a cross-genre career

In this session, we will focus on how you can create more professional opportunities by opening up your horizons and interests, and how they can lead towards a multi faceted career,

  • USD $ 45.00
  • 30 mins

Improvisation for classical musicians

It can feel difficult for classical musicians to transition towards an improvisation practice. I can provide you with tools how to start, or, if you are an improviser, how to deepen your practice. Solo improvisation can connect you to your own&nbs... Read More

  • USD $ 65.00
  • 30 mins

Orchestral audition and excerpts coaching

As a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, I have adjudicated countless auditions and can offer insightful and effective audition and excerpt coaching.

  • USD $ 65.00
  • 30 mins

One hour lesson

Because my career encompasses many styles of expertise, my style of teaching involves focusing on the individual needs of my students on a case by case basis. My goals are for the student to become their own best teacher, an... Read More

  • USD $ 125.00
  • 60 mins