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Known for her expressive musicality and rich, warm sound, the young concert harpist Grace Cloutier, who trained at The Juilliard School, Yale University and in France, gave her solo début and encore solo recital at Carnegie Hall (2006, 2008) as first prize winner of the International Competition of Artist International
Presentations. The New York Concert Review hailed her as, “an accomplished, poised, self-assured performer...her affinity for these works was natural and complete...[her] playing was dreamy, poetic and colorful...evoking all the colors of the rainbow with scintillating effect.”
A recipient of many prestigious awards, Miss Cloutier has performed before audiences across the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. She regularly appears in recital for the American Harp Society and the World Harp Congress, and as guest soloist for the Ukrainian National Music Festival (Kiev, Kharkov). Miss Cloutier recently co-founded the first international harp competition based in Ukraine, where she will continues to perform, give masterclasses and serve as head juror of a panel comprised of musicians from Moscow's Bolshoi Theater for Ukraine’s first and only International Harp Competition.
As featured principal harpist on tour with the United Nations' Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra (2000-2002), she recorded for German national television's Stars von Morgan; and the Saarbrücker Zeitung described Miss Cloutier's performances as possessing "...inspiring artfulness." She recently gave a solo performance with celebrated baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, regularly appears in concert with Jennifer Black of The Metropolitan Opera, and has performed with the Biava String Quartet, and the Calder String Quartet. Miss Cloutier has been privileged to serve under the baton of many respected conductors including Leonard Slatkin, David Robertson, Julius Rudel, Andrew Litton, James De Priest and the Bolshoi’s Alexander Vedernikov. She performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, participated at both the Aspen and Tanglewood music festivals, and served as a substitute with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas from 2002-2006. In 2007, she won the position of principal harp with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra; a position she held until 2009. Miss Cloutier also performs on Broadway, and has given solo concerts for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, the President and the First Lady. A dynamic and engaging musician, Miss Cloutier has appeared on NBC, CNN, and CBS and the national television networks of German, French and Urkaine.
Miss Cloutier is an advocate of new music and has collaborated with numerous composers, including Pulitzer Prize-winner David Del Tredici, whose newest harp work, Aeolian Ballade, she premiered at Carnegie Hall in 2008. She has also performed many new works as principal harp for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Continuum, New Juilliard Ensemble, Look and Listen Festival and New Music New Haven.
An active proponent for increased public awareness concerning the intrinsic value of music for all people at every stage of life, Grace Cloutier regularly gives workshops for the young and has received the Gluck Fellowship from The Juilliard School for her work with victims of AIDS, the elderly and children in the NYC
metro region. In addition, she has been honored with a Presidential Point of Light Award for her musical contributions to Hospice. As an educator, Miss Cloutier gives masterclasses and workshops world wide, held multiple performing residencies at UCLA, and has served on faculty at The University of Texas at El Paso. Miss Cloutier holds a private studio in both New York City and Connecticut and was recently appointed to the faculty of The Hartt Conservatory of Music, in Hartford, Connecticut.
Miss Cloutier has a deep passion for the recording studio and celebrates her CDs Radiant and Winter Solace, which were released by HIP Records in 2004 and 2008. Her most recent CD, A Ceremony of Carols with Etherea Vocal Ensemble (Delos Records, November 2011), debuted as the No.1 best seller on iTunes (Classical) and No.4 on Billboard Charts (Classical). Autumn 2012 will be the release of Miss Cloutier’s first classical crossover album as a featured guest artist for versatile singer Toni Dolce. In January 2013, Delos Records will issue Miss Cloutier’s newest CD Hymn to the Dawn with Etherea Vocal Ensemble.
Miss Cloutier gratefully acknowledges harpists Nancy Allen, Sarah Bullen, Letizia Belmondo, Isabelle Perrin, Deborah Hoffman, Mariko Anraku, and Susann McDonald, for their teaching, support and insight.
Miss Cloutier maintains an active concert schedule. For up-to-date concert schedule, bookings, reviews and recording, please visit gracecloutier.com.