Lucie Horsch - Biography

Sixteen year-old Lucie Horsch is one of the most remarkable musical talents of her generation, and already in great demand as a solo recorder player both in her native Netherlands and internationally.

Lucie’s remarkable talent has been widely recognised. At the age of nine, her televised performance of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No 5 at a popular concert on the Prinsengracht canal under conductor Jurjen Hempel caused something of a national sensation. In 2014 she was chosen to represent Holland in the Eurovision Young Musician contest, performing Vivaldi’s Concerto per flautino (RV 443) in the final. As a result of her appearance she was invited to perform in the Norsjø Chamber Music Festival in Norway and with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in Canada. She has also performed at the Early Music Festival in Innsbruck, Austria, and at the Next Generation Festival in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland. In 2016 she won the prestigious Concertgebouw Young Talent Award, which she was given in the presence of Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Lucie was also chosen to perform in the televised farewell concert for the former Queen Beatrix, appearing as a soloist with the Netherlands Wind Ensemble.

Lucie is the daughter of professional cellists Gregor Horsch and Pascale Went (the former is principal cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra). At the age of five, she began to study the recorder with Rob Beek at the Muziekschool van Amsterdam. In 2011, after winning several important youth competitions, she was taken on as a student at the prestigious Sweelinck Academie at the Amsterdam Conservatorium where she is now a regular student. With these studies she continues an important tradition of Dutch recorder playing once started with Frans Brüggen, one of the most acclaimed recorder players of the twentieth century and continued and developed by Lucie’s present teacher Walter van Hauwe.

Also a talented pianist, she studies with Marjes Benoist at the Sweelinck Academie. She was a member of the National Children’s Choir for seven years, performing with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons and Jaap van Zweden.

Lucie is signed to the Decca Classics label. Her eagerly awaited debut album will contain concertos and transcriptions of works by Vivaldi, a composer with whom Lucie feels a particular affinity.

Passionately eager to break down preconceptions about the instrument, Lucie 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.

Lucie 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.