Composer KATI AGÓCS was born 1975 in Windsor, Canada, of Hungarian and American background, and has been on the composition faculty of the New England Conservatory since 2008. A recent citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters praises the ‘soulful directness’ of her music and its ‘naturalness of dissonance’, describing it as ‘blessedly unsophisticated in any conventional way …it reaches the hearer through melody, drama, and clear design.’ Her special interest in writing for the harp is represented by the solo harp work Every Lover is a Warrior (written in 2005, and recorded on Bridget Kibbey’s album ‘Love is Come Again’) and Awakening Galatea (trio for soprano, harp, and flute, 2009). Kati Agócs earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters degrees from The Juilliard School, where her principal teacher was Milton Babbitt, and has also studied at Tanglewood, Aspen, Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific (one of the United World Colleges), and Sarah Lawrence College, all of which she attended on full scholarship.
Arneis String Quartet
Formed in 2007 at Boston University, the ARNEIS QUARTET has been in residence at the Banff Centre in Canada, and has attended the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar in New York City, culminating in performances at Lincoln Center. As prizewinners in the 2010 ICMEC Competition, Arneis recently performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Arneis will be the faculty quartet in residence at the Dana Hall School of Music starting in Fall 2010. This season the quartet has been invited to participate in the St. Lawrence String Quartet Emerging String Quartet Program at Stanford University. The ensemble draws its name from the Arneis grape, a finicky Italian varietal that, with proper care, can produce a great wine. More information about the quartet can be found at http://arneisquartet.com.
Founded by Holgen Gjoni and Ina Zdorovetchi, ARPELLO DUO’s mission is to expand the repertoire and the prominence of the cello and harp instrumentation. Highlights include featured appearances at the World Harp Congress, DeCordova Museum, Chisinau Organ Hall, Jordan Hall, Boston Harp Festival, New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory. In 2012, the group will give the world première of Geoffrey Gordon’s Concerto for Cello and Harp (written for and dedicated to them), to be performed with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in Jordan Hall and later to be recorded on BMOP/sound.
GRÉTA ÁSGEIRSSON is in her second year at Boston University, and studies under Ann Hobson-Pilot. She has soloed and played in numerous orchestras throughout New England and has performed in Carnegie Hall at the invitation of composer, John Rutter. Gréta has also been invited to perform on a recital with esteemed vocalist, Simon Estes. She has been described by critics as “an amazing talent” with “crisp confident and soulful” playing. She regularly performs with her mother, flutist, Cherie Ásgeirsson and has done considerable studio work.
Kristin Chamberlain MacQuarrie
KRISTIN CHAMBERLAIN MacQUARRIE has been at The Harp Connection, Inc. since 1998 and played a large part in the introduction of Salvi harps into the United States. She is the primary sales person and rental program coordinator for The Harp Connection, Inc.
IOANA COMSA, born in Romania, started playing the harp when she was 11 year old. In 2007, she graduated the “George Enescu” Music High School, being accepted, in the same year, as a student at the National University of Music, Bucharest at Ion Ivan-Roncea’ s harp class. Since the fall of 2010, Ioana Comsa studies the harp at the Boston Conservatory with Ina Zdorovetchi. During all this time, she participated and won prizes in different national and international harp competitions. She also performed as o soloist on important stages in Romania such as the Romanian Atheneum and the Radio concert halls. From 2008 to 2010 she was member of the Romanian National Youth Orchestra conducted by Cristian Mandeal.
ERICA DRISCOLL is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory, earning her Bachelors of Music degree (’10). She has recently performed as a soloist and ensemble member at the Saratoga Harp Colony, as well as with members of the Philadelphia Philharmonic as featured artist in Saratoga Springs, NY. Ms. Driscoll will continue pursuing the harp as a candidate for a Masters of Music at Carnegie Mellon University.
OLIVIA FORTUNATO is from Wethersfield, Connecticut and has studied the harp for twelve years with Susan Knapp Thomas. She recently graduated from Wethersfield High School and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts with honors. She was principal harpist for the Greater Waterbury Youth Symphony for six years, a guest artist many times with the Hamden Symphony Orchestra, and performed with her schools’ orchestra and chamber groups. She has placed in the Connecticut Chapter of the American Harp Society Competition in the Beginner, Intermediate II, and Advanced categories. She is in her first semester at the Berklee College of Music.
RACHAEL GALBRAITH is a harpist, sales associate, and Lyon and Healy/Salvi certified harp technician at The Harp Connection in Salem, MA. She has been at the Harp Connection since 2001, and trained at the Lyon and Healy factory in Chicago. She maintains a busy schedule as an invaluable resource for New England area harpists.
Hailed as an “elite musician”, HOLGEN GJONI plays as Associate Principal cellist with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and holds degrees from The Juilliard School, New England and Boston Conservatories. As soloist and recitalist, he played for the Papal audience in Vatican and has toured the world, performing in Moscow, Berlin, Hamburg, Budapest, Bucharest, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Bari, Rome, New York, Boston, Toronto, etc. A consistent competitions prizewinner, he is also an avid chamber musician, having founded Arpello Duo and most recently appearing with the Borromeo String Quartet (Avery Fisher Grant winner) to critical acclaim by The Musical Intelligencer, which said: “The round, full-bodied tones of guest cellist Holgen Gjoni were especially notable.”
ALETHEA GRANT recently performed as Principal Harp with the New England Conservatory’s Festival Youth Orchestra.While with NEC’s Youth Symphony, she performed excerpts from Swan Lake for the Boston Ballet School’s Next Generation at the Boston Opera House. She currently is Principal Harp with the Boston Youth Symphony ‘s Repertory Orchestra. She has performed with the Harvard Summer School Orchestra; the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra; and NEC’s Baroque Chamber Orchestra where she performed the Handel Harp Concerto. She won Second Place in the String Division at the Young Promise International Competition and performed the following year for their Opening Ceremonies.
DEBORAH HENSON-CONANT is a Grammy-Nominated recording artist known for her cross-genre style, evocative singing voice, and shows that fuse music, theater, stories and humor. Her music special “Invention & Alchemy” aired on PBS stations throughout the US. Her signature instrument is a 36-string carbon-fibre electric harp invented for her by CAMAC Harps (France). She’s toured with the Boston Pops, opened for Ray Charles, jammed with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and been featured in media appearances with personalities from Joan Rivers to Charlie Rose. (More on Deborah at her website: HipHarp.com)
Ann Hobson Pilot
ANN HOBSON PILOT retired from the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the end of the 2009 Tanglewood season, following forty years of service to the orchestra. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, she has also had an extensive solo career, performing with many American orchestras as well as with orchestras in Europe, Haiti, New Zealand, and South Africa. She has several recordings available on the Boston Records label, as well as on the Koch International and Denouement labels and was featured in a video documentary, aired nationwide on PBS, about her personal musical journey as well as her African journey to find the roots of the harp. In September 1999 Ms. Hobson Pilot recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra the Harp Concerto by the young American composer Kevin Kaska, a work she commissioned. Ms. Hobson Pilot has been a faculty member at the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She gave the world premiere performance of John Williams’s OnWillows and Birches with James Levine and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the 2009-2010 season opener of the BSO and she played the work again at New York’s Carnegie Hall when James Levine and the BSO repeated the program to open that venue’s 2009-10 season.
URSULA HOLLIGER has performed as a soloist worldwide: individually, in small groups, and with many of the world’s best known orchestras and conductors. She plays both the classical and the baroque harp. Some of her classical interpretations have become performance benchmarks: one can single out her different recordings of the Mozart concerto for flute and harp, her interpretation of the Handel harp concerto with Trevor Pinnock, and several recordings of works by the eighteenth century composer Louis Spohr – including her marvellous registering of the second Louis Spohr concertante for harp, violin and orchestra with the English Chamber Orchestra led by Heinz Holliger. In her role as an advocate of modern music, Ursula Holliger’s virtuosity and interpretative talent have been recognized by numerous contemporary composers. Among those who have dedicated works to her are Elliott Carter, Hans Werner Henze, Heinz Holliger, Witold Lutoslawski, Ernst Krenek, Frank Martin, Toru Takemitsu and Isang Yun. In March 2006 Ursula Holliger performed the European permière of Elliott Carter’s Mosaic, a concerto for harp. In August 2004, she premièred Harrison Birtwistle’s 26 Orpheus Elegies for Oboe and Harp with Countertenor at the Lucerne Festival, and she performed Birtwistle’s Crowd at the Lucerne Festival 2006. Ursula Holliger studied at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel and at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles with Mireille Flour (a student of M. Tournier). She taught for many years at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany and at the Musik-Akademie in her native Basel, where she resides.
NANCY HURRELL performs on classical, celtic, and historical harps, including the Gothic bray, Italian arpa doppia and Spanish arpa de dos órdenes, in concerts and festivals across the US, Canada and the British Isles. Her varied career includes being a harp consultant at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, publishing five books of harp arrangements, recording Carols for Dancing with Renaissonics for WGBH radio, and she was harpist for tea at the Boston Ritz-Carlton for five years. She has lectured on historical harps at the Royal Irish Academy (Dublin), Durham University (England), and Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh).
ONA JONAITYTE has won several competitions including 1st prize at the 27th James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition (Boston, 2007), YAMAHA Woodwind Competition (Lithuania, 2006), The International Juodkrante Flute Competition (Lithuania, 2005), 3rd prize at the XXIX Scecinik Young Performers Competition (Poland, 2000). Recently the Greater Boston Flute Association announced Ms. Jonaityte as their New Horizon’s Artist’07 which recognizes exceptional talent, poise, and drive, as well as technical achievement and the ability to communicate a devotion to flute music through performance. Ms. Jonaityte is currently working toward an Artists Diploma at The Boston Conservatory where she has already obtained a Graduate Performance Diploma, studying with Linda Toote. In 2004 Ona studied in France at The Lyon National Conservatory of Music and Dance with Professor Philippe Bernold and Emannuelle Reville. In 2006 she graduated from The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater with a Masters in Performance and Teaching.
SAM KARLINSKI of Atkinson, NH is a senior at Milton Academy and the NEC Preperatory Program, where he is a scholarship recipient. Sam began his studies at the age of eight and since 2008 has studied with Ina Zdorovetchi, under whose tutelage he has won 2nd prize in the AHS National Competition Intermediate II in 2009, runner-up in the Ann Hobson-Pilot Scholarship 2009, and 2nd prize and the special prize for his performance of Legende in the Young Artists Harp Competition 2010. At Milton, Sam enjoys writing for the school’s science magazine, Helix, working in the stage crew, and peer tutoring.
SARA KAWAI, 11 years old, is a 6th grader at Weston Middle School and also at the Japanese Language School of Greater Boston. She started playing the piano at the age of six with Mrs. Miki Orii and she began studying the harp under Ms. Ina Zdorovetchi at the age of nine.
LUCIA LIN made her debut performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the age of 11. Since then, she has been a prizewinner of numerous competitions, including the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. She has performed in solo recitals throughout the U.S., making her New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in March 1991, and has appeared with the Boston Pops Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. A frequent collaborator in chamber music, Ms. Lin is a member of the Muir String Quartet, the quartet in residence at Boston University. She is also a founding member of the Boston Trio and the chamber group Innuendo. Ms. Lin joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1985 and served as assistant concertmaster from 1988 to 1991 and 1996 to 98. During the 1991-92 season, she was acting concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and during the 1994 to 1996 seasons, she served as joint concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra.
MICHAEL MAGANUCO is a harpist and composer living in the Chicagoland area. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in harp performance at Northwestern University, where he studies with Liz Cifani, harpist of the Chicago Lyric Opera. As a composer, he is quickly gaining recognition; his recently published composition for solo harp, Awakening Stillnesses, was awarded the grand prize in the 8th USA International Harp Competition composition contest, and was featured on the repertoire for the harp competition at Indiana University in July 2010. Mr. Maganuco graduated summa cum laude from Boston University in 2010, where he earned a dual Bachelor of Music degree in harp performance and composition, studying harp with Ann Hobson Pilot, retired principle harpist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and composition with Richard Cornell.
Hailed by the Boston Phoenix as “phenomenal,” clarinetist RANE MOORE performs regularly on the East Coast and abroad. An enthusiastic interpreter of contemporary repertoire, she has given numerous premieres of new works and appeared with groups such as the Callithumpian Consort, the Firebird Ensemble, the Fifth Tier New Music Ensemble, and the Talea Ensemble. Her recent performance with Boston Musica Viva was called a “tour-de-force” by the Boston Globe. As an orchestral musician Rane has performed with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Owensboro Symphony in Kentucky, and the New England Philharmonic. Moore has been featured as a guest artist at the Royal College of Music and Drama in Wales and for the last three years has worked closely with Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. She holds degrees from Indiana University, Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, and the University of California at Berkeley.
Bulgarian harpist TOMINA PARVANOVA studied with Prof. Malina Hristova at the National Music Academy “Pancho Vladigerov”, where Tomina was a second prize winner at the National Music Academy Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria and she was chosen between candidates from all over the world to perform on the 9th World Harp Congress, Dublin “Focus on Youth “concerts. In 2005, Tomina entered The Boston Conservatory, with a full tuition scholarship, where she completed her Bachelor of music Degree as a student of Cynthia Price-Glynn and as a Chabners Scholar, an award position enabled by the scholarship of Bruce and Davi-Ellen Chabner. She was awarded an additional scholarship from Caryl Zighera an honor of her late husband Bernard Zighera who was Principal Harpist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 2007 Tomina performed as a soloist with Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble premiering “Zusienku” – Poem for Harp and Wind Ensemble, winner of the 2007 Concerto Composition Competition and she was a winner of the Boston Conservatory Chamber Music Honors Competition. She is currently a student of at the College of Fine Arts, Boston University, under the tutelage of Ann Hobson Pilot.
Italian-born composer and conductor FILIPPO PEROCCO studied Composition and Organ at the “Benedetto Marcello” Conservatory in Venice and Conducting at the International Academy of Music in Milan and Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. In 2009 he was Fulbright fellow at Brandeis University in Boston (USA) and MATA festival NY. Awarded in different competitions, he has been Composer in residence at the European Centre for the Arts “KunstForum Hellerau” in Dresden (2006), Italian Arts Fellowship – Composer in residence at the American Academy in Rome (2008).. His works have been commissioned and performed by notable ensembles around the globe. Tre Graffiti was commissioned by the 2009 Marcel Tournier International Harp Competition, Cosenza, Italy.
Barbara Poeschl-Edrich enjoys a busy career as a performer and teacher. She has played in concerts with many major Boston orchestras, such as the Boston Symphony, Boston Baroque and Handel & Haydn Society. As a soloist she has performed with the Boston Classical Orchestra, the Lexington Symphony, Newport Baroque, the New England String Ensemble, Ars Antiqua and Symphony Pro Musica.
Barbara also performs on historical harps, most recently with The Boston Camerata and The Renaissance Choir Blue Heron. She has recorded with La Donna Musicale and Aston Magna. Barbara has earned degrees in Salzburg and London. In 2005, she graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University. She is on the faculty of the Brookline Music School and Boston University.
FELICE POMERANZ has been performing in the Greater Boston area since 1978. She holds degrees from New England Conservatory in both classical and jazz and is Associate Professor of Harp at Berklee College of Music in Boston.Ms. Pomeranz has been a clinician and performer at festivals around the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. Her classical and popular arrangements for harp are available widely through harp outlets, as are her teaching DVD, Jazzy Beginnings and CD, Harp in the Band, Vol 1. Ms. Pomeranz directs the popular harp referral network, The Gilded Harps, organizing events throughout New England and beyond.She is a Regional Director for the American Harp Society and and officer, serving currently as Chariman of the Board.
CYNTHIA PRICE-GLYNN is Principal Harpist with Boston Ballet and Chair of the Harp & Guitar Department at The Boston Conservatory where she also teaches Career Skills for Musicians. She was a founding member of the National Standards Board for
Therapeutic Musicians and is currently on the board of the Historical Harp Society. Cynthia gives lecture-concerts on a variety of topics and has had articles published in various harp magazines. Her recordings include the award-winning “Lullabies”, “Musical Backgrounds”, and two with the Latin American group ANDANZAS. Visit www.cynthiapriceglynn.com for more information.
A retired US Navy Commander, and retired Attorney, PETER REIS turned his passion and hobby, 25 years ago, into a Worldwide business: Harps International. His company imports, exports, sells, rents and buys lever and pedal harps, both new and used. Harps International represents Camac, Venus, John Pratt, Rick Rubarth and Triplett harp Companies, and handles all brands of used pedal and lever harps. He is married to Rebecca Flannery, professional harpist and harp teacher on the faculties of the University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music and the Japan Lutheran College, Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. Roslyn Rensch
Dr. ROSLYN RENSCH, author of “Harps and Harpists” (Indiana University Press, 2007) studied harp with Aida Salvi, Alberto Salvi, Marcel Grandjany and Joseph Vito. She holds Master’s degrees in Music and the Arts, as well as the Doctor of Philosophy degree. For 3 years she taught harp at the University of Illinois, and for 23 years she was Professor of Humanities, Art History and Harp at Indiana State University. She has authored many reference works devoted to the harp, including the Catalog of the Victor Salvi Foundation Harp Collection.
CARL SWANSON is well known in the harp world for his harp restoration and repair business, his many articles on harp history and maintenance, and his published transcriptions. He is the author of the book A GUIDE FOR HARPISTS, a reference book for harpists on pedal harp maintenance and problem solving.
CLARA WANG began her harp study at age 10 with Franziska Huhn. This year Clara is the 1st place winner of the 2010 Young Promise International Music Competition and one of the finalist of the Young Harpist Competition in GA. Clara is currently attending The Winsor School in Boston as a 8th grader. She also enjoys playing competitive chess and is a nationally ranked chess player.
An internationally acclaimed composer, educator, pianist and thereminist, DALIT WARSHAW’s works have been performed by over twenty-six orchestral ensembles, including the New York and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras (Zubin Mehta conducting), the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Y Chamber Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the Albany Symphony and the Grand Rapids Symphony. A full-time faculty member of the composition/theory department at the Boston Conservatory since September 2004, Ms. Warshaw obtained her doctorate in music composition from the Juilliard School in May 2003. She taught orchestration in the Juilliard Evening Division from the year 2000 to 2005. Awards and grants include five ASCAP Foundation Grants to Young Composers, a Fulbright Scholarship to Israel (2001-2002), a Fromm Music Foundation Grant from Harvard University, and a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. . In 1984, she became the youngest ever to win the BMI Award for Student Composers, with her orchestral piece Fun Suite, written at the age of eight.As a pianist, Ms. Warshaw has performed widely as soloist, chamber player and improviser, in such diverse concert spaces as Avery Fisher Hall, Miller Theater, the Juilliard Theater, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall, Tonic, and the Stone. Having studied theremin with the renowned Clara Rockmore from an early age, she has appeared as thereminist with such ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and has also performed in spaces such as Carnegie Hall, the LA Philharmonic’s Disney Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. Ms. Warshaw has held residencies at the Yaddo and MacDowell Artist Colonies, as well as at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the Juilliard School.
INA ZDOROVETCHI enjoys a busy career as prominent soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist. She has been hailed as “The Harp Whisperer”(Savannah Morning News), “a local pride”, “excellent harpist” (Boston Globe) and “accomplished and hypnotizing” (Classical Voice of New England). Concerto credits include appearances with Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Moldova National Philharmonic, Moldova State Radio Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Northwest Sinfonietta. Zdorovetchi was featured in performances at Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, American Harp Society National Conference, World Harp Congress, Savannah Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Center and has recorded for Sony, Naxos, BMOP/sound, WGBH-Boston and BSO, in collaboration with Sting, Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Tyler, Boston Pops, Natalie Merchant, Chris Botti and many more. In 2009, Zdorovetchi earned the top prize and multiple special prizes at the world’s most prestigious harp competition – The 17th International Harp Contest in Israel. In addition she is the 2nd Prize winner at the Cite des Arts de Paris International Competition, Ist Prize winner at the Bucharest International Harp Competition and her work has been honored by numerous additional awards for solo and chamber music achievements. Ms. Zdorovetchi holds degrees from New England Conservatory, Boston University and Boston Conservatory, having studied with Ann Hobson Pilot, Cynthia Price-Glynn and Ion Ivan-Roncea. Currently, she is on the faculty at Wellesley College, Boston Conservatory and New England Conservatory – Prep Division and her students have won prizes at national and international competitions.
JESSICA ZHOU joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as its harpist in fall 2009. Previously she was Principal Harpist of the New York City Opera, and has played with the Swiss Romance Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and has toured Japan with the London Symphony Orchestra. She frequently appears with the New York Philharmonic. She won the Prix du Jury at the 3rd Concours International de Harpe Lily Laskine in Deauville, France; Fourth Prize in the USA International Harp Competition, and Second Prize at the 14th International Harp Contest in Israel. She is a two-time winner of the Anne Adams Award National Harp Competition sponsored by the American Harp Society. Jessica has soloed with many top orchestras, and gave the world premiere of Haim Permont’s Double Harp Concerto during the 2002 World Harp Congress. Born in Beijing, China, she is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Juilliard School under Nancy Allen.