Emily Mitchell, Harp
Emily Mitchell has earned critical acclaim as “a marvelous harpist” (The New York Times) who captivates her audiences with “playing of the utmost delicacy, beauty and subtlety.” (Records and Recording) In the words of The Washington Post, “Mitchell commands a vivid palette of colors and uses them with imagination.”
Ms. Mitchell has been heard worldwide as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has been profiled on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, CNBC, the BBC, Radio France, DRS-Switzerland, Arts & Entertainment, the New York Times’ WQXR, National Public Radio’s Performance Today and People Magazine. Past performances include Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with Sir James Galway in Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, performances before British Royalty at the King’s Lynn Festival, UK, The Waldorf Hotel in NYC, the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., and performing for First Lady Rosalynn Carter at The White House.
Emily Mitchell enjoyed a 30-year career in New York City where she was Principal Harpist for the incomparable Eos Orchestra. She was an established name in the television, motion picture and recording studios, and taught on the distinguished faculties of New York Univeristy and Purchase College. Ms. Mitchell toured the United States as a soloist and chamber musician for Columbia Artists’ Community Concerts for many years. She relocated to Texas in 2008, and was appointed to the music faculties of Stephen F. Austin State and Sam Houston State Universities. Stephen F. Austin recently conferred the title of Artist in Residence for Ms. Mitchell. She performs with Saint Cecilia Chamber Music Society in Houston, chamber music groups Camerata and Coleidoscope at SFA and Better Than One harp duo with Jaymee Haefner, harpist.
Emily Mitchell’s discography includes her popular Celtic and voice harp recordings for RCA Victor and her recordings of works by composer and flutist, Gary Schocker. Changes (2016 release) is her fourth CD of Schocker music including Garden in Harp, and A Harp for Christmas, Volumes 1 and 2; all released on the Albany Records label.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music with Performer’s Certificate and an Associate of the Royal College of Music, London, Ms. Mitchell won the coveted First Prize at the prestigious Seventh (1979) International Harp Contest in Jerusalem.