The Chicago Harp Quartet, founded in 2012, has quickly established itself as the leading harp ensemble in the United States. Widely regarded as a Chicago treasure, the Quartet has dedicated itself to presenting innovative, charismatic and forward-thinking programs that include original transcriptions as well as new commissions from composers across the globe.
The Quartet has performed at major concert venues across the US including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Curtis Institute of Music. As part of CHQ’s mission, the ensemble collaborates with other cutting edge artists including Third Coast Percussion, Mozawa, and Ho Etsu Taiko and continues their educational endeavors as instructors for the Chicago Harp Ensemble, as well as educational residencies at institutions including Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, New York University and Play On Philly!
Members of the Chicago Harp Quartet have performed with some of the world’s greatest ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra to name a few.
CHQ has performed several LIVE concerts on WFMT Chicago, at the Lyon & Healy 150th Anniversary Festival and 2015 Summer Concert Series, at the 41st National Conference of the American Harp Society in New Orleans, on the Norton Building Series, and on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center. Among ongoing commissioning projects, the Quartet has premiered works by Bernard Andres, Nicholas Davies, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, and Hilary Purrington. In 2014, the Quartet released their highly successful debut CD, Soirées d’été.
Upcoming engagements include performances in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Tennessee, Wisconsin and in Havana, Cuba. CHQ is proud to be on the highly acclaimed touring roster of Allied Concert Services and will perform an extensive tour of the Midwest in Spring 2017.