Saturday, November 19, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Matsqui Centennial Auditorium
32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford
Ariel Barnes, cello
Heidi Krutzen, harp
Known for being ”…deeply connected to the moment of creation both with their own
instruments and each other” Ariel Barnes, 1st Solo Cellist of the Nürnberg Symphony, and Heidi
Krutzen, Principal Harp of the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, form the duo COULOIR.
Dedicated to 21st Century Art Music, COULOIR’s passion lies in creating fresh music with
today’s leading composers through the magical, kaleidoscopic sound world of cello and harp.
Both Barnes and Krutzen have developed international presence as soloists, chamber musicians
and orchestral leaders, concertizing regularly in Europe, North America and Asia to critical
acclaim. Described as “Music’s new rare pair…” and “de facto Ambassadors of Canadian
Music” (The Georgia Straight) COULOIR’s work in the realm of contemporary music is a
distillation of their artistic personalities, providing a “corridor” for what they love most about
music making: story telling.
With a focus on developing original repertoire through collaboration and commissioning,
COULOIR has thus far had ten duo works and two double concerti written for them by
composers such as Kelly-Marie Murphy, Jocelyn Morlock, Jeffrey Ryan, Ana Sokolovic, and
Glenn Buhr. Passionate about sharing this music, the Duo has programmed many of these works
while touring extensively throughout North America, including appearances at the Ottawa
International Chamber Music Festival, Music on Main’s “Modulus Festival” and world premiers
featured in live broadcasts for CBC Radio. COULOIR have appeared as concerto soloists with
the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia (Warsaw), Czech National Symphony
Orchestra (Prague), and most recently given the world premiere of James Maxwell’s new double
concerto “The Razor Hiss of a Whisper” with Canada’s Turning Point Ensemble. COULOIR’s
newest recording of Kelly-Marie Murphy’s double concerto with Orchestre Classiques de
Montrèal was released in the fall of 2019 on Analekta.