Cellobiënnale 2022: new double concerto by Trevor Grahl with Sebastian van Halsema.

World premiere with Asko Schönberg

double concerto with Lidy Blijdorp and Sebastian van Halsema
Joel Bons, composer

September 2022

World premiere with Residentie Orkest

A beautiful opportunity was offered to Lidy Blijdorp: she could choose a composer to write a new cello concerto especially for her and the Residentie Orkest. 

Lidy invited Joël Bons to write this concerto. The premiere takes place on September 10 in The Hague.

February 2022

Concertgebouw concert

Lidy Blijdorp treedt op in concertgebouw

On February 20 Lidy Blijdorp performed with world-famous violinist Philippe Graffin and pianist Claire Desert.

They played a new arrangement of Debussy’s ‘l’Après-midi d’un Faune’ for violin and cello.

Cello 020

November 2021

Cello020: restart

The Cello 020 series has got a restart. On 26 November “Sea Shells” with flutist Peter Verduyn Lunel and pianist Lestari Scholtes. With bamboo art by Maria Blaise and special guest Kate Moore. Bethlehemkerk, Amsterdam.

September  and October 2021

Performances with Noord Nederlands Orchestra


ConductorMartin Sieghart
CelloLidy Blijdorp
Lidy Blijdorp with Noord Nederlands orkest
Two Edisons for Lidy Blijdorp

The cd ‘Journeyers’, debut-cd of cellist Lidy Blijdorp, was awarded the audience prize and the debut prize.

December 2020

Two classical Edisons for Lidy Blijdorp

December 2020

Residentie Orkest

Performances of Haydn and Bloch

In December, during a lockdown period, the Residentie Orkest invited Lidy Blijdorp to perform two compositions for cello and orchestra in a streaming concert. The performance was recorded in The Hague.

October 2020

Kunststof: interview

Radio ‘Kunststof’ interviewed Lidy Blijdorp about music, interpretation and her new cd. 

October 2020

Amsterdamse Cellobiënnale

During the Elegy to Anner Bylsma  Lidy Blijdorp performed the Elegy by Joseph Suk with Vera Beths, Dirk Luijmes, Astrid Haring and the Ragazze quartet.

During this concert Lidy also played the Elegy by Franz Listz and a Boccherini concert.

October 2020

Amsterdamse Cellobiënnale

The Cello Biennale took place online this year – with only Dutch players.

Lidy Blijdorp played the opening with Thin Air by Calliope Tsoupaki.

She also played the premiere of a new concert by Alexandre Kordzaia with the Asko Schönberg.

September 2020

Review in Diskotabel, Radio 4

Lex Bohlmeijer asks the opinion of singer Maria-Riccarda Wesseling and flute-player Peter Verduyn Lunel about Lidy’s debut cd -not telling them who is playing.

About Ravel, Malaguena:


About Ravel, Duo for Violin and Cello:

Diskotabel Radio 4

September 2020

Presentation concerts

On September 23, the postponed presentation concerts took place in De Duif: Lidy played solos and duos together with Rosanne Philippens.

The ‘first’ CD was handed to Monique Bartels, the cello teacher who taught Lidy for years.

June 2020

Bach Festval Dordrecht

Lidy Blijdorp played a cello solo program in Dordt Yart:  Bach and Kodály.

It was recorded by Radio 4

Lidy Blijdorp in Concertgebouw

April, May 2020

Streaming Concerts

In April and May there were several streaming concerts:

From De Doelen, from the Concertgebouw, from the Noorderkerk and from the Posthoornkerk.

They can be viewed on Youtube now.

Interview Radio 4

Watch the interview with Radio 4 here,
Read the NRC review here.

April 2020

Interviews with NRC
and Radio 4

Interview NRC Lidy Blijdorp

April 2020

Review debut album
De Volkskrant

review Lidy Blijdorp Volkskrant

‘Play Lidy Blijdorp’s debut album and be perplexed.’

‘Her inspirator Anner Bylsma once compared music to Aladin’s wonder lamp. The world behind the notes, you had to rub it out. Blijdorp succeeds with flying colors for that tour de force.’

‘From a hazy dream to a fierce attack: Blijdorp can do everything.’
Web version

September 2019

Wonderfeel: Ravel duo with Rosanne Philippens

Rosanne Philippens and Lidy Blijdorp performed Ravel’s duo for violin and cello at Wonderfeel. It was broadcast by VPRO tv (Vrije Geluiden)

Soon to be recorded for Lidy’s debut cd by Rubicon Classics.

July 2019

Utrecht: Rococo Variations with Wonderfeel Festival Orchestra

Lidy Blijdorp plays Rococo Variations at Canal Festival Utrecht

In July Lidy played the Rococo Variations with the fantastic Wonderful Festival Orchestra at the Utrecht Canal concert at Podium Weerdsluis.

Lidy Blijdorp plays Ravel duo with Rosanne Philippens

June 2019

Brussels, Jardin Musical: Concert with Rosanne Philippens and Julien Brocal

Rosanne Philippens and Lidy Blijdorp played a recital at Jardin Musical, Brussels as a preparation for their cd recording with Rubicon Classics

June 2019

Rococo Variations with Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra

Lidy performed the Rococo Variations with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra at a concert during the Tsjaikovsky Ball. The event took place at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. All guests were asked to come dressed in the costumes of his time.

Tsjaikovsky Ball with Lidy Blijdorp
Tsjaikovsky Ball with Lidy Blijdorp

January 2019

Kate Moore about Lidy’s Piece

During an interview by ‘Vrije Geluiden (VPRO, NPO 1) the Australian composer Kate Moore explains how she was inspired to write a portrait of Lidy Blijdorp, called ‘Lidy’s Piece’.

13,14 October 2018

Viva Italia

Vredenburg Utrecht and Philharmonie Haarlem: the vibes on stage were great again with Rosanne Philippens, Niek Baar and Domo Emigrantes. Classical music, folk music and an audacious mix of both. Read the review here (in Dutch)

Lidy Blijdorp and Domo Emigrantes
Lidy Blijdorp and Vasile Luca

3-5 October 2018

Bach Bridges Budapest

A collaboration of Bach festivals in Europe, convening in Budapest to exchange ideas and perform together in several concerts. Lidy Blijdorp was asked to represent the Bach Festival Dordrecht, giving a solo recital with Vasile Luca (cymbalom) and performing the Vivaldi double concerto with Péter Szabó, cello.

15-19 August 2018

Pause Festival in Andalusia

pause festival

Open-air concerts and arts events at La Donaira. Taking place in a spectacular setting high in the mountains of Andalucia and created by the musicians and visual artists themselves, pause brings the arts to the wild in a celebration and exploration of man’s relationship with nature.

21 June 2018

Cello020: Midsummer Concert

A concert with a variety of impressions of warm summer nights.
With Bach suite number 5 and the Herz cycle by Kate Moore, composed for this trio.
Luana van Eeekeren, dance
Luca Cacitti, dance
Jellantsje de Vries, violin
Marieke Schut, oboe
Lidy Blijdorp, violoncello
Amstelkerk, Amsterdam

Amstelkerk cello 020

March 2018

Rococo Variations

Lidy Blijdorp plays with ‘Orkest van het Oosten’, directed by Jan Willem de Vriend.

16 and 18 March

February 2018

Tracks in Concertgebouw

Lidy Blijdorp in Tracks in het Concertgebouw

Concertgebouw: Rosanne Philippens, Niek Baar and Lidy Blijdorp met the Italian country-players of Domo Emigrantes in an exuberant concert. Recurrences in October 2018 (Haarlem, Utrecht).


November 2017

24 Classics

Lidy Blijdorp,
cimbalom-player Vasile Nedea and
pianist Julien Brocal
in a concert about the various atmospheres of the night:
No Tomorrow.

September 2017

Performance with Orchestra of the 18th Century

Klassiek op ‘t Amstelveld:
Performance of Boccherini, Concerto in G major, for cello and orchestra, G. 480.

The performance took place in the main program of this jubilee edition (16 September).

Lidy Blijdorp
Lidy Blijdorp and Maria Joao Pires

September 2015

Lidy Blijdorp performs with Maria João Pires in Partitura project

Maria João Pires has launched the Partitura project, proposing well-known musicians to foster young musicians, to invite them (as the name suggests) to share the concert platform.

One of these performances took place on 16 September, when Pires played a Beethoven concert with violinist Lorenzo Gatto and cellist Lidy Blijdorp in Auditorio Nacional, Madrid. The program consisted of a cello sonata, a violin sonata and the Ghost trio.