ARTIST BIOS

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Kristi S.

Harp

Kristi began playing the harp at the age of two and has since become one of the preeminent emerging harpists in the industry. 

Kristi received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami, where she studied with Valerie Whitcup. She went on to study with Susan Jolles at the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Master of Music degree in 2007. 

She is the Principal Harpist with The Chamber Orchestra of New York, and has recorded three albums with them.  She performs regularly with The Miami Symphony, and was the Principal Harpist for the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, with which she recorded and toured internationally. Her many awards include American Harp Society Awards (1988, 1990, 1991), a Downbeat Jazz Award (2006) and an ASTA Award as Competition Winner for the state of Florida (2005).

Kristi is a founding member of the trio The Gene Project, and the harp duo Duo Scorpio.  Duo Scorpio released their Grammy-nominated debut album, Scorpion Tales, in the fall of 2012, and were featured performers at the 2014 World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia, where they premiered commissions by composers Nico Muhly and Andy Akiho.

 

Kristi has performed on Broadway for several shows, including Cinderella, Wicked, A Little Night Music, Gypsy and The Apple Tree. Her numerous television appearances, include The Today Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and All My Children. 

She has collaborated and/or performed with artists such as Florence + The Machine, The All-American Rejects, The Killers, Jónsi from Sigur Rós, John Legend, Carlos Santana, Patti LaBelle, Sean Lennon, The Fab Faux, Il Volo, Itzhak Perlman, Chris Noth and Will Ferrell.

 Kristi currently resides in Manhattan, where she maintains a vigorous performance and teaching schedule. She is on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, where she teaches private lessons, harp ensemble and a harp repertoire class.