The modern harp, patented in Paris in the 19th century, was favored by the French Impressionist masters in the orchestral repertoire, with its signature angelic sound. However, this evening's repertoire goes far beyond that. This sampling, presented by Harp Fellow Chloe Tula, is an array of show-stopping solo works, drawing from Spanish, jazz, and symphonic influences. The harp also has a chance to prove its versatility in this program with fresh re-imaginations of pieces originally composed for piano.
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F minor, from “The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2”
Scriabin: Prelude for the Left Hand, Op. 9, No. 1
Carlos Salzedo: Ballade
Chloe Tula, harp
Chloe Tula is a second-year Harp Fellow with the New World Symphony. After her NWS debut last season, her playing was recognized immediately as "exquisitely contoured" (South Florida Classical Review). Her most notable orchestral engagements include performances with the Houston Symphony and Santa Fe Opera.
Equally at ease as an orchestral musician and a soloist, Ms. Tula has established herself as a prizewinning harpist since making her solo debut with the Milwaukee Symphony at 16 years old. In the 2017-18 season, she made her NWS solo debut as a winner of its Concerto Competition, performing Glière's Concerto for Harp. In 2014 she won the Anne Adams Awards, a biennial national competition sponsored by the American Harp Society.
As a scholarship recipient, Ms. Tula attended the Aspen Music Festival and School for two summers, where she studied with Nancy Allen (Principal Harp, New York Philharmonic) and Anneleen Lenaerts (Principal Harp, Vienna Philharmonic). She has also appeared as Principal Harpist of the Lakes Area Music Festival.
Having had the support to pursue music since her upbringing in Wisconsin, Ms. Tula finds opportunities to pay it forward. She was a recipient of the Sviatslov Richter Fund for Music Outreach to perform a recital series for children in hospitals throughout the Texas Medical Center in 2017, and continues to work closely with her hometown youth ensemble — the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra — to maintain a scholarship fund for students, in memory of her late father.
Ms. Tula received her bachelor’s degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she studied with Paula Page, former Principal Harpist of the Houston Symphony. When she is away from the harp, she enjoys trying new recipes and hosting dinner parties, exploring the vibrant art scene in Miami and spending time with her fiancé.