Saturday, March 25, 2017, 7 p.m.
Praised by the New York Times as “excellent,” 22-year old Katherine Siochi is an award-winning classical harpist residing in New York City. Ms. Siochi began her musical studies with the piano when she was 5 years old, and began learning the harp at age 9. She holds a Bachelor of Music in harp performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied with NY Philharmonic principal harpist Nancy Allen. Katherine is continuing to pursue her harp studies with Ms. Allen in the Master’s program at Juilliard as a proud recipient of The Kovner Fellowship.
Ms. Siochi is the 2016 gold medalist of the 10th USA International Harp Competition, and is only the second American to win the prize since the competition's inaugural year in 1989. Katherine has also received many awards in national harp competitions, including first prize in the American Harp Society's Young Professional division, earning her the title of AHS Concert Artist for 2015-2017. As Concert Artist Ms. Siochi is touring the US, presenting recitals and masterclasses. Her other honors include first prize in the junior division of the American String Teacher’s Association, winner of the Anne Adams Awards, winner of the Aspen Music Festival harp competition, and first prize in the Advanced Division of the American Harp Society. She has appeared twice on NPR’s radio program “From The Top” in 2009 and 2010. This year her solo performances were featured on New York Public Radio for WQXR's "Young Artist Showcase."
Active as an orchestral and chamber musician, Ms. Siochi has performed in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher/David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Harris Theater (Chicago), and Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis). She has played with The Juilliard Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, the New York Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and Ensemble ACJW. During her summers, Ms. Siochi attended the Aspen Music Festival in 2012 and 2013, the Tanglewood Music Center in 2014, and received the two-year harp fellowship for Aspen Music Festival’s 2015 and 2016 seasons. While in Aspen last summer, she performed Debussy's Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp on American Public Media's radio program "Performance Today."
In addition to the harp, Ms. Siochi studied secondary piano at The Juilliard School under Dr. Michael Shinn during her four years as an undergraduate. She continues to perform on the piano as a soloist and chamber musician. Katherine grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, where she studied with Pamela Weest-Carrasco at The Preucil School of Music.