Yolanda Kondonassis is celebrated as one of the world’s premier solo harpists. Since making her debut at age 18 with the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, Ms. Kondonassis has appeared as soloist with such major orchestras as The Cleveland Orchestra, Buffalo and Hong Kong philharmonics, Detroit and Dallas symphonies, English and Philadelphia chamber orchestras and Sinfonica de Puerto Rico. Other solo appearances have included Avery Fisher Hall and Taiwan’s National Concert Hall. This is her second appearance at 92Y.
Chamber music is a passion for Ms. Kondonassis. Recent seasons have included a tour of New Zealand with a trio of flutist Alexa Still, violist Roger Chase and herself, and frequent appearances at US festivals such as Marlboro, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Tanglewood, Bravo! Vail Valley, Strings in the Mountains and Mainly Mozart. Her concert collaborators have included the Shanghai, Rossetti, JACK, Jupiter, Biava and Vermeer string quartets; pianist Jeremy Denk; flutist Marina Piccinini, and numerous others.
With Play, Ms. Kondonassis has made 19 recordings, which have earned universal critical praise, as she continues to be a pioneering force in the harp world. Her most recent solo CD, American Harp, released in 2013 by Azica, features works by John Williams, Lowell Liebermann, John Cage, Elliott Carter, Stephen Paulus and Norman Dello Joio. She received a Grammy nomination for Air on Telarc, with music by Takemitsu and Debussy, and her other recordings include Solo Harp: The Best of Yolanda Kondonassis on Azica, celebrating 20 years of critically acclaimed recordings; the world-premiere Telarc recording of Bright Sheng’s Harp Concerto, written for Ms. Kondonassis; and the first-ever recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons on the harp with The Orchestra of Flanders.
As an author, composer and arranger, Ms. Kondonassis has published three music books to date, all for Carl Fischer Music: On Playing the Harp, The Yolanda Kondonassis Collection and The Yolanda Kondonassis Christmas Collection, featuring popular arrangements from her acclaimed disc, Dream Season: The Christmas Harp. Royalties from several of her projects are donated to earth causes, and her first children’s book, entitled Our House is Round: A Kid’s Book About Why Protecting Our Earth Matters, was released in 2012 by Skyhorse Publishing. Her website is yolandaharp.com.
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