#1 International Harpist Directory
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Harpist  
Grace Cloutier
New York, New York 10023
United States
Metro Area: New York/New Jersey/Connecticut
Booking and Information
Telephone: 917.554.0176
Email: grace@gracecloutier.com
Website: www.gracecloutier.com
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Genres:

  • Classical

  • Modern

  • Jazz

  • Pop

  • Broadway

  • Celtic

  • Folk

  • Holiday

  • Religious (all religious)

Categories:

  • Harpist

Harps:

  • Classical Harp

  • Pedal Harp

  • Electric Harp

  • Celtic Harp

  • Lever Harp

Local Travel: Unlimited - Willing to Travel Globally
International Gigs: Yes

Performing Since:

1987

Also Provide Music Group:

Yes

Available with Harp:

  • Flute

  • Voice

  • String Quartet

  • Violin

  • Viola

  • Cello

  • Trumpet

  • Trombone

  • Saxophone

  • Clarinet

  • Oboe

  • Percussion

  • Bassoon

  • and more

Description:  

Concert Harpist Grace Cloutier, who trained at The Juilliard School, Yale University and in France, has performed throughout the world. She has already given her solo debut recital at Carnegie Hall and promises you a musical occasion to remember.

Biography:  

Known for her passionately rich sound and expressive musicality, the young concert harpist Grace Cloutier, who trained at The Juilliard School, Yale University and in France, has performed solo, chamber and orchestral répertoire within the major concert halls of the United States and Europe in addition to performances in the Middle East. She gave her solo debut at Carnegie Hall in May 2006 as first prize winner of the International Competition of Artist International Presentations, Inc.

 

A recipient of numerous prestigious awards, Miss Cloutier's solo performances have graced the World Harp Congress in Prague 1999 and Geneva 2002. She has appeared as a soloist with both the Biava and the Calder String Quartets, holds a performing residency at UCLA and regularly appears in recital for the American Harp Society. Miss Cloutier, guest soloist for the Ukrainian National Music Festival, recently co-founded the first international harp competition based in the Ukraine and will return with a solo concert tour in Kiev and Kharkov and will be again featured in solo recitals and as a concerto soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine in fall 2006.

As featured principal harpist on tour with the United Nations' Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, 2000-2002, Grace also recorded for German national television's Stars von Morgan, while the publication Saarbrücker Zeitung described Miss Cloutier's performances as possessing "...inspiring artfulness."

Privileged to serve under the baton of many respected maestros including Leonard Slatkin, David Robertson, Julius Rudel, Andrew Litton, Alexander Vedernikov, amongst others, Miss Cloutier is an advocate of new music and has appeared numerous times as principal harp for the New Juilliard Ensemble, New Music New Haven, Continuum, Look and Listen Festival and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. Miss Cloutier has recorded with composer Paul Halley at Tanglewood, performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall and has served since 2002 with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

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 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 contribution of musical inspiration at CT Hospice.

Miss Cloutier gratefully acknowledges Nancy Allen, Carrol McLaughlin, Isabelle Perrin, Susann McDonald, Sarah Bullen and Letizia Belmondo for their support and insight.

A dynamic and engaging musician, Grace maintains an active concert schedule worldwide and celebrates her recording “Radiant” which was released by HIP Records in 2004 which will release her second recording “Confessions” in 2007. For more information about Miss Cloutier, please visit her website at www.gracecloutier.com

Repertoire Sample:

Grace Cloutier performs all genres and styles at the highest level.

Listen to Audio Samples:

 

Please visit www.gracecloutier.com for audio samples

Desired Events:
  • All Occasions
  • Private Recitals
  • Recordings
  • Private Instruction
  • (See www.gracecloutier.com for more information)
 Price Range:

$400 - $1000 per Event.

 Price Details:

Artistic fee is dependant upon the location and length of performance.

Visit my Website:

www.gracecloutier.com

 

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RECORDINGS
Radiant

Reviews

"She is a young, gifted professional artist with a strong technique and vast musicality. Her playing inspires composers who are already writing for her. Her performance in orchestra and in solo recitals interprets the highest level."

-Isabelle Perrin
National Orchestra of France
Professor of Harp, École Normale, Paris, France

"Her playing is exceedingly mature and well-developed...beyond her years...she is a gem."

-Larry Rachleff
Director of Orchestras
Sheperd School of Music, Rice University, USA
Music Director
Chicago Symphony II, USA


"Grace Cloutier is extremely musical and I believe she will make an excellent career as both a solo and orchestral harpist."

-Alexander Vedernikov
Chief Conductor and Music Director
Bolshoi Theatre, Russia


"...outstanding young harpist Grace Cloutier...technically gifted...with a truly remarkable sense of the orchestral sonic context...she is able to obtain from her instrument colors and textures of extraordinary variety."

-James DePriest
Director of Music
Oregon Symphony Orchestra, USA
Head of Conducting
The Juilliard School, New York City, USA


"Grace Cloutier, the remarkably self-possessed young harpist is a true professional who is a joy to work with. Her sound is always beautiful, powerful and yet articulated. Her stunning performances are a testament to the detailed work she gives to the expressive needs of the music."

-Dr. David S. Lefkowitz
Associate Professor of Composition
UCLA Department of Music, USA


"Grace has an outstanding technical ability on the harp…she has a sharp memory, beautiful musicality and a natural ease on the concert stage, which puts her in instant rapport with her audiences."

-Dr. Carrol McLaughlin
Professor of Harp, University of Arizona, USA
World Harp Congress Board of Directors, International


"Her manner of playing, which is a mixture of technical ease, intelligence and sensitivity, is fascinating and makes her distinctive as a harpist and as a musician."

-Letizia Belmondo
Solo Harpist, Opera Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels, Belgium
First Prize Winner, 14th Israel International Harp Contest, 2001


"Working with Grace was both a personal and musical pleasure. Her performance was graceful, poignant and powerful...she performed with total grip upon the music, her harp and the audience...it was a soul cleansing experience."

-Scott Hartman
Internationally Renowned Trombonist
Yale University
New England Conservatory of Music
Boston University, Massachusetts, USA


"The young lady brushed her long fingers over the strings with such inspiring artfulness. If the composer Gabriel Pierné himself had heard this performance of Impromptu-Caprice, he would have been thrilled."

-Saarbrücker Zeitung
Germany


"World renown harpist Grace Cloutier is an impossibly young and gifted, improbably modest woman whose beauty and genius is carried with an airy happy quality that might be called "Diva Light"…she is the fastest rising star harpist in New York City."

-Hagstar Arts Review
Burlington,Vermont, USA

"I am deeply impressed with the virtuoso skills and gift for music that Miss Cloutier has…she is a fabulous performer and a joy to work with."

-Valery Altukhov
Director of Ukraine’s International Music Festival
Kharkov, Ukraine

"...the Britten (Ceremony of Carols) was given a ravishing reading accompanied by the stunning harp playing of Grace Cloutier."

-Show Business
New York City, USA

"Her professional level and emotional expressiveness appeal to the heart while her interpretation of music is perfect."

-Larisa Klevtsova
Principal Harp, Kharkov Opera, Ukraine
Harp Professor of Kharkov University of the Arts, Ukraine

"You have worked hard to bring your passion for music not only across the globe, but into the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens. Whether playing in a famous concert hall in Europe or in one of many hospitals and nursing homes, your music has touched the lives and hearts of many. You are a true inspiration to us all!"

-Rosa DeLauro
Member of Congress
Washington D.C., USA

"Grace's recital was an exposition of powerful and energetic, yet sensitive, playing. The program was well chosen and kept the audience, which included several very young harp students, riveted with attention."

-Peter Reis
Harps Unlimited International
Concert Reviewer for The American Harp Society, USA