About Lidy Blijdorp

Commendable virtuoso playing’ (BBC)

Cellist Lidy Blijdorp is ‘unmistakably the Dutch classical talent of the year.’ This is what De Volkskrant wrote about this young Dutch cellist when she ended up in their list of 40 best albums of 2020 because of her debut album. That same album earned her two Edisons. Making music is “bringing a hidden world to life,” she said in an interview (NRC). “It’s like a dream that slips away on waking while the feeling still lingers.”

Lidy’s playing is very authentic; music is always central to her. Her ‘staggering musicality’ (NRC) and excellent training at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Paris and the Chapelle Elisabeth have brought her to stages all over the world.

Lidy has performed as a soloist with, among others, the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the 18th Century and the Residentieorkest.

The secret of Lidy’s playing lies in the magic she conjures from the notes. She always has something to say.


Lidy keeps both feet on the ground. She is driven to grow in her profession, which is how she approaches every new musical challenge. She also has a great interest in new compositions; several composers have dedicated works to her: Joel Bons, Alexandre Kordzaia, Ig Henneman, Trevor Grahl and Kate Moore.

It was cellist Anner Bijlsma’s wish that Lidy would play on his beautiful Farotti cello. This was made possible by the Dutch Musical Instruments Fund, which also lent her the beautiful Persoit bow she has the honour to play with.