Once in a generation, a performer appears who blows musical preconceptions sky-high. Step forward 16-year-old Dutch recorder player Lucie Horsch, who has signed to Decca Classics and is releasing her debut album on 7th October 2016.
Already praised for her extraordinary technique and mature musical sensibility, and with an international career rapidly growing around her, Lucie challenges any notion that the recorder is simply a ‘learning’ instrument. Passionate to demonstrate that it is as great as other more familiar solo instruments, this thrilling new recorder superstar is delighted to be taking her message to an even larger public with her debut recording on Decca Classics. She performs concertos and other works by Vivaldi, a composer with whom she feels a particular affinity.
Lucie, the first recorder player ever to sign to Decca Classics, is eager to embrace her role as a musical ambassador for an instrument with which many people have a powerful connection. It is the first instrument which over 20 per cent of British children have lessons on, and thus a vital gateway for experiencing music making.
Lucie’s remarkable talent has been widely recognised at home and abroad. In 2014 she represented Holland in the Eurovision Young Musician Contest, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Concertgebouw Young Talent Award, which she was given in the presence of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. She has toured in Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Canada and Holland.
Lucie is the daughter of professional cellists Gregor Horsch (principal cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) and Pascale Went. She began to study the recorder aged only five, and was immediately enthralled.
The album will feature four of Vivaldi’s best-known concertos – including La notte and La tempesta di mare – as well as two arias which showcase the expressive range of the recorder: ‘Cum Dederit’ from Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus and ‘Vedro con mio diletto’ from the opera Giustino . It’s due for release on Decca Classics on 7th October.