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AHS Concert Artist in intimate house concert!
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 07:30pm

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Abigail Kent was recently awarded 1st Prize in the 2017 American Harp Society’s Competition, Young Professional Division, earning her the title of “AHS Concert Artist” for 2017-2019. As Concert Artist, Abigail will be presenting recitals and masterclasses throughout the US and Canada. Additionally, she was a featured harp soloist for the 2017 World Harp Congress in Hong Kong. 


We are delighted to present this talented young artist in an intimate house concert. Hear her up close, and meet her at the informal reception to follow! Details will be in the fall 2017 newsletter.


Abigail Kent is a versatile musician who has performed internationally in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kimmel Center, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Among her many awards, she was Finalist at the 2016 International Harp Competition (Hungary), Laureate Finalist and Senior Division Winner of the 2015 American Strings Teachers Association National Solo Competition, Semi-Finalist in the Chief Musician category of the 3rd Wales International Harp Competition in 2014, and Winner of “Play With the Pros” Concerto Competition and performance with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the 2013 Saratoga Harp Colony.

 As an orchestral harpist, she is Principal Harpist of Symphony in C and is Guest Musician Harpist for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony. She has performed under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Osmo Vänskä, Vladimir Jurowski, and Ken Lam. An avid proponent of new music, she has commissioned and premiered multiple works for harp solo and chamber, including dahlianum by Andrew Hsu, The Star at Night by Ben Yee-Paulson, and Tolstoy Trio by Nicholas Bentz.

Having studied the classical pedal harp since 2010, her previous teachers include Judy McCoy, Anastasia Jellison, Catherine White, and Jacquelyn Bartlett. Additionally, she has worked in masterclass settings with Susann McDonald, Jana Bouskova, Maria Luisa Rayan, Catrin Finch, Ina Zdorovetchi, Karen Vaughan, Chantal Mathieu, Skaila Kanga, and Isabelle Moretti.

Miss Kent studied for a year at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and then was selected as the Maryjane Mayhew Barton Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she graduated with the Landis Award for Excellence in Academics. In the fall, she will pursue her Masters of Music degree at the Mannes School of Music, studying under Emmanuel Ceysson, Principal Harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.


Location : A residence in Pasadena
Contact : Alison Bjorkedal, first vice president and director of events
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