Whetting Appetites for Harp

June 10, 2013

Sam Rubin

Photo credit: Mark Battrell

Assistant Professor of Harp Yolanda Kondonassis has released her 17th album, American Harp. This follows her Grammy-nominated album Air and her premiere of Bright Sheng’s Harp Concerto. In American Harp, Kondonassis explores contemporary American harp music.

“I’d like to offer a peek into some of the wonderful harp music that exists—and hopefully, whet audiences’ appetites for more,” said Kondonassis.

American Harp covers a broad stylistic range of contemporary harp music, with scores by such composers as film music icon John Williams, as well as Lowell Liebermann and Norman Dello Joio, among others. American Harp is released on the Azica Records label and is available on iTunes.

John Williams says of the project, “…we can be enormously grateful to the brilliant artist Yolanda Kondonassis for this intriguing and unique collection of American music for the harp.”

Kondonassis’ next album, to be released fall 2013, will focus on the works of the French composer Maurice Ravel. That album will be issued on the Oberlin Music label.

Kondonassis is celebrated as one of the world’s premiere solo harpists and is widely regarded as today’s most recorded classical harpist. In addition to her active performing and recording schedule, Kondonassis heads the harp departments at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin Conservatory, and she has presented master classes around the world.

For more on Kondonassis’ music, visit www.yolandaharp.com.

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