Lidy Blijdorp is a young, passionate cellist with enormous narrative power, praised for her ‘breathtaking musicality’ (Amsterdamse Cellobiennale). She graduated from Paris conservatory with the highest distinction (1ère Prix avec Félicitations, 2011). Lidy recently played her Artist Diploma Recital at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, where she studied with Gary Hoffman.
Blijdorp studied with Monique Bartels (Royal Conservatory, The Hague), Michel Strauss (Conservatoire National Supérieure de Paris) and Gary Hoffman (Queen Elisabeth Chapel). She received lessons from Anner Bylsma, Dmitri Ferschtman and Richard Aaron.
Lidy won prizes at several competitions: the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam, the Grachtenfestival Competition, the Princess Christina Competition and, with her string quartet, the Charles Hennen International Competition. In the summer of 2014 she won the Prix Académie Maurice Ravel (France).
Blijdorp plays at festivals such as the Janine Jansen Festival Utrecht, the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam and the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam. She also gave recitals in Belgium (Brussels Bozar, Flagey), France (Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris; Auditorium Maurice Ravel, St. Jean de Luz; La Lucarne, Arradon) and Japan (Kinan Hall, Wakayama; Bamboo Hall, Tokyo). In September 2015 she gave a Beethoven-recital with Maria João Pires in Madrid (Auditorio Nacional).
As a soloist she has played with various orchestras. In 2013 she played the Dvorák cello concerto and the premiere of the Russian composer Sergej Yevtushenko with the State Hermitage Orchestra (St. Petersburg).
She also played with the Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie (Bozar, Brussels, 2014), the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra (Flagey, Brussels; Salle Philharmonique, Liège, 2014), Camerata Amsterdam (2016) and Netherlands Wind Ensemble (2016, Vredenburg).
In april 2017 she made a tour with the NESKO. In 2018 she gave solo performances with the Orchestra of the 18th Century and with the “Orkest van het Oosten”. In June 2019 she played the Rococo Variations with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, in 2020 she played with the Residentie Orchestra.
Blijdorp is also a passionate chamber musician. Chamber music concerts have brought her to New York (Sylff Chamber Music Seminar, Juilliard School), Italy (Chiesa di San Domenico, Recanati) and Switserland (Ftan Festival).
Two cello pieces have been dedicated to Blijdorp: Lidy’s Piece by Australian composer Kate Moore and Cello Song – as If by Dutch composer Ig Henneman.
Lidy’s CD Journeyers was awarded two Edison Classical awards (best debut and the audience award).
Blijdorp has the honour to play on the Italian cello of Anner Bylsma, lent to her by the Dutch National Musical Instrument Fund.