Limelight Magazine - “American Harpist, Emily Ann Granger delivered a defiant demonstration, not just of impressive virtuosity, but of eye-opening versatility as well.”
Growing up in Kansas City Missouri, Emily began playing the harp at age 11. She has performed extensively with orchestras across the world including Chicago, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Orchestra Victoria and Opera Australia Orchestra.
She earned her Bachelor of Music from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music where she studied with famed pedagogue, Susann McDonald, and her Masters of Music from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts studying with Principal Harp of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Bullen.
Some of Emily's most notable performances have included recitals at the Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Curtis Institute of Music and Lyon & Healy Hall. She has performed with renowned musicians Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann and Janelle Monáe, Diesel, Flinders Quartet and Nexas Quartet. She has entertained the likes of French President Emmanuel Macron, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, US Senators and Australian Members of Parliment. Emily served as the Principal Harp of the Chicago Civic Orchestra from 2012-2014. She is the recipient of the 2015 Farewell Trust Award, first prize winner of the CCPA Concerto Competition, and quarter-finalist at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.
In 2012, Emily co-founded the Chicago Harp Quartet. 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. In 2017, the quartet embarked on a musical embasadorship to Havana, Cuba performing, teaching and donating much needed supplies to the community. They released their second album this year with original works by Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, Bruce Broughton and Paul Patterson.
As an educator, Emily has served on faculty at VanderCook College of Music, British School of Chicago, and Chicago Harp Ensemble. She has taught at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and presented masterclasses and educational residencies at Indiana University, New York University, Play on Philly!, Vanderbilt University and American Harp Society National Conference with the Chicago Harp Quartet.
As an avid hiker, Granger successfully walked the Te Araroa - a 3,000 kilometer trail across New Zealand taking 138 days to complete the journey from Cape Reinga to Bluff. In addition she completed California's John Muir Trail (400kms), climbed 14 of Colorado's highest mountains in one week and climbed Australia's 15 highest mountains and most recently completed the Camino de Santiago (880kms) across Spain in January 2018.
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