Harpist, Lori Gemmell enjoys a diverse career as chamber musician, soloist, orchestral musician and teacher. She has been Principal Harpist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony since 1999 and before joining the KWS she played with Orchestra London and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. She received her Masters degree from the University of Toronto where she studied with eminent harpist, Judy Loman. Lori also studied with Catherine Michel in Paris, France and Alice Chalifoux in Camden, Maine. In 2000 Lori was the second prize winner in the Canadian Concerto Competition and in 2001 she was a participant in the 14th International Harp Competition in Israel.
Lori has been a regular performer with the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Belladonna and Le NEM, a contemporary chamber group in Montreal with whom she toured through Europe and Japan. She has had solo concerto performances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Orchestra London, among others.
Lori teaches at Wilfred Laurier University, Redeemer University College and has a private studio in Toronto. She is a member of the Four Seasons Harp Quartet, and has played on recordings with singer-songwriters Kevin Fox, and the Grammy-nominated "The Reminder" by Feist. She also enjoys creating performances of music and story with her husband Tom Allen.
In 2002, Lori released her first solo CD entitled "Prelude, solo harp", in 2009, a harp duo recording on the Atma label, "The Garden of Peacocks", with Jennifer Swartz and in 2010, "Divertissement" with trumpeter Larry Larson.