Columbus Symphony Orchestra Guest Artists

Yolanda Kondonassis

Yolanda Kondonassis is celebrated as one of the world’s premier solo harpists and is widely regarded as today’s most recorded classical harpist. Hailed as “an extraordinary virtuosa” and “sheer luminescence at the harp,” she has performed around the globe as a concerto soloist and in recital, appearing with numerous major orchestras such as The New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, to name a few. With seventeen albums and hundreds of thousands of discs and downloads sold worldwide, Ms. Kondonassis’ extensive discography includes American Harp, her critically acclaimed release featuring original harp music by Cage, Carter, Williams, Liebermann, Paulus and Dello Joio; her recent Grammy-nominated release of music by Takemitsu and Debussy entitled Air; as well as the worldpremiere recording of Bright Sheng’s Harp Concerto, written for Ms. Kondonassis. The recipient of two Solo Recitalists Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2011 recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize, Ms. Kondonassis has been featured on CNN and PBS television as well as Sirius/XM Radio’s Symphony Hall and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, St. Paul Sunday Morning, Tiny Desk Concerts and Performance Today. In addition to her active performing and recording schedule, Ms. Kondonassis heads the harp departments at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Institute of Music, and presents master classes around the world. Yolanda Kondonassis plays a Lyon & Healy Salzedo Model harp. For more information, visit Stay up-to-theminute on all her activities on Facebook