Angela Schwarzkopf – detach
Angela Schwarzkopf – Harp
Michelle Colton – Vibraphone
Étienne Levesque – Vibraphone
attach/detach – Monica Pearce
Garden – Cecilia Livingston
(with Michelle Colton, Vibraphone)
A Portrait of Tschamiu – Patrick Arteaga
Contemplation – Mark Nerenberg
Sonatina for Vibraphone & Harp – Elisha Denburg
(with Étienne Levesque, Vibraphone)
Castles in the Sand – Kevin Lau
Produced by Angela Schwarzkopf
Recorded by Peter Gemmell
Mixed & Mastered by Peter Gemmell
Design & Layout by Richard Boudreau
Background Art by Laura Schwarzkopf
“This recording is made possible with the generous support from the Ontario Arts Council”
TK472 © 2019 Angela Schwarzkopf. Nov.4, 2019
Canadian native Angela Schwarzkopf concertizes throughout the Toronto area and beyond as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral harpist. The first harpist to receive a Doctorate of Music in harp performance in Canada, she now teaches at a number of esteemed institutions and performs with top ensembles nationwide. Favorite performances include performing the double harp concerto The Passion of Angels by Canadian Composer Marjan Mozetich with fellow harpist Erica Goodman and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and sharing the stage with acclaimed harpist Judy Loman in a joint recital at the Royal Conservatory of Music Faculty Series. As a chamber musician, Angela has been featured with a number of different organizations, most recently in a faculty recital at Mount Allison University. She is also a founding member of the Topaz Duo with flutist Kaili Maimets. Angela works regularly with many top choral and orchestral organizations throughout the area, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, London Symphonia, and at the Stratford Festival, among others.
As an advocate for new music, Angela has worked on commissioning projects with many prominent composers. She has received two grants from the American Harp Society to commission works for harp by composers Monica Pearce and Elisha Denburg. In 2013, she helped commission Castles in the Sand, a solo work for harp written by Toronto Symphony Orchestra affiliate composer Kevin Lau. Her collaboration with the Caution Tape Sound Collective in 2016 and the Toy Piano Composers in 2014 yielded three new harp solos and five new chamber works for harp. Her live recording of attach by Monica Pearce was aired on New York’s WXQR. Most recently, Angela received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council for this recording project of all new Canadian music.
Angela is a course instructor at the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School of Music and is the harp instructor at McMaster University. During the summer she is on faculty at the internationally renowned Young Artist’s Harp Seminar in the US. Angela maintains a thriving studio of private students in Toronto. Angela is the newly appointed harp examiner with the Royal Conservatory College of Examiners. As a juror, she has adjudicated for recitals, juries, chamber music, orchestral exams, and auditions of all kinds. Most recently she has adjudicated for the National Arts Center Orchestra Bursary Competition, the Kiwanis Music Festival, the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School, and at the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar.
A frequent contributor to the international publication Harp Column, Angela also serves on the editorial board of The American Harp Journal. An extract of her doctoral dissertation was published in the 2016 summer edition of The American Harp Journal. During the summer of 2016 Angela presented her research at the American Harp Society National Conference in Atlanta. Recently she was invited to perform and speak on a panel at the American Harp Society Summer Institute. After serving as President of the Toronto Chapter of the American Harp Society from 2012-2018, she now serves as a Director at Large for the American Harp Society. Angela Schwarzkopf received a Bachelor of Music in harp performance from the University of Ottawa in 2007; a Master of Music in harp performance from the University of Toronto in 2009; and a Doctorate of Music in harp performance from the University of Toronto in 2015. www.angelaschwarzkopf.com