Grace Cloutier, harp

Hailed as “an accomplished, poised, self-assured performer” (New York Concert Review) with “breadth of expression and remarkable tone” (Choral Journal), virtuoso harpist Grace Cloutier trained at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and in France.  She gave her solo Carnegie Hall debut recital in 2006, performed an encore solo recital there in 2008, and has since performed for audiences across the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, regularly appearing in recital for the American Harp Society, the World Harp Congress, and the Ukrainian National Music Festival.  She co-founded Ukraine’s International Harp Competition, where she serves as head juror of a panel comprised of musicians from Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre. As a chamber musician, she regularly performs with soprano Jennifer Black (The Metropolitan Opera) and Etherea Vocal Ensemble, and has performed with the Calder String Quartet, amongst others. A dedicated teacher, Grace regularly gives masterclasses nationwide and has held multiple residencies at UCLA, served on the faculty at The University of Texas, and has recently been appointed to the faculty at The Hartt Conservatory of Music.

Grace has been privileged to work with many respected conductors, including Leonard Slatkin, David Robertson, Julius Rudel, Andrew Litton, James De Priest and Alexander Vedernikov.  She has performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, and has been featured as a soloist with Constantine Orbelian and Dmitri Hvorostosky.  An advocate of new music, she has collaborated with numerous composers, including Pulitzer Prize-winner David Del Tredici, whose newest harp work, Aeolian Ballade, she premiered at Carnegie Hall. 

Grace maintains an active concert schedule, and has been featured on recordings including Radiant and Winter Solace (HIP Records, 2004 and 2008), Ceremony of Carols (Delos Records, 2011), Toni Dolce (Purple Critter, 2012), and The Harp Music of David Lefkowitz (Albany Records, 2012). 

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Grace Cloutier - Photo by John Healy

Grace Cloutier - Photo by John Healy