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, gave her solo début at Carnegie Hall in May 2006 as first prize winner of the International Competition of Artist International Presentations, being described by the New York Concert Review 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 in addition to performances as guest soloist for the Ukrainian National Music Festival, both in recital and as concerto soloist with Ukraine’s National Symphony. Miss Cloutier recently co-founded the first international harp competition based in the Ukraine, where she will return on a solo concert tour to Kiev and Kharkov in 2008 and continue to give master classes and serve as head juror for Ukraine’s International Harp Competition.
As featured principal harpist on tour with the United Nations' Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra, 2000-2002, she also recorded for German national television's Stars von Morgan, while the publication Saarbrücker Zeitung described Miss Cloutier's performances as possessing "...inspiring artfulness." She has appeared as a soloist with the Biava and Calder String Quartets, holds a performing residency at UCLA, and was recently appointed head of the harp department at The University of Texas at El Paso. 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, Miss Cloutier has recorded with composer Paul Halley at Tanglewood, performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall and served with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas from 2002-2006. She is currently principal harp of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. Miss Cloutier also performs on Broadway, and gives solo concerts for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump, the President and First Lady. A dynamic and engaging musician, Miss Cloutier has appeared on NBC, CNN, PBS and CBS.
Miss Cloutier is an advocate of new music and has collaborated with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici. She has also performed many new works as principal harp for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, New Juilliard Ensemble, Continuum, 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 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 work at CT Hospice.
Miss Cloutier gratefully acknowledges Nancy Allen, Sarah Bullen, Letizia Belmondo, Isabelle Perrin, Fabrice Pierre, Susann McDonald and Carrol McLaughlin for their support and insight.
Miss Cloutier maintains an active concert schedule worldwide and celebrates her recording “Radiant” which was released in 2004 by HIP Records, which will also release her second recording in 2008. For up-to-date concert schedule, recordings and reviews, please visit www.gracecloutier.com.