The Chicago Harp Quartet is dedicated to bringing the harp ensemble to center stage.

Since its formation in 2012, the Chicago Harp Quartet has presented innovative and charismatic performances on concert stages across the country.  The Quartet is building bridges between traditional chamber music and the unique harp ensemble by commissioning and creating new works as well as transforming classics.  Members of this dynamic quartet have performed across the globe spanning five continents. By combining the unique backgrounds of each member as extensively trained orchestral and chamber musicians, the CHQ brings an unprecedented level of ensemble skill to harp chamber music.

 

Harpists with the CHQ have performed with some of the world’s greatest ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Baltimore Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago and New World Symphony. Members of CHQ have also participated in a wide range of summer music festivals including the Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, YOA Orchestra of the Americas and Pacific Music Festival.  

 

During the 2013-14 Season CHQ celebrated the release of their debut CD, Soirées d’été, named after their first commission by Bernard Andrès.  CHQ has previously performed at the Lyon & Healy 150th Birthday Festival, LIVE from WFMT and as special featured performers at the 41st National Conference of the American Harp Society in New Orleans.  The Chicago Harp Quartet established their own Composition Competition in 2014, and as a result will premiere Tattered Skies, by Hilary Purrington during the 2014-15 Season. 

 

During the 2014-15 Season the quartet looks forward to collaborations with several composers creating new works for harp quartet, an exciting multidisciplinary project with Mozawa, a featured performance at the 2015 Lyon & Healy Summer Music Festival, and their debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.  

Chicago Harp Quartet photo by Todd Rosenberg

 

A video introduction to the Chicago Harp Quartet: