KIRSTEN AGRESTA has charmed audiences internationally since she began study of the harp at the age of five. At the age of fifteen she was a soloist on a full tour of the British Isles and has since performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Israel, Japan, and the South Pacific. She has performed on NBC, CBS, and ABC-TV, was featured in People Magazine, and has played in Madison Square Garden, on “Saturday Night Live” and MTV. Ms. Agresta has performed three solo recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and debuted as concerto soloist in Carnegie’s Issac Stern Auditorium in 2006.
Ms. Agresta was named Concert Artist by the American Harp Society for the 1996-98 seasons. Her other honors include: Bronze Medal in the prestigious 1989 USA International Harp Competition, First Prize in the 1993 AHS Young Professional Performance Competition, National Society of Arts and Letters Competition, and the Anne Adams Award on two separate occasions. She also received the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts Award and was a semi-finalist in the 1995 Concert Artist Guild New York Competition. Ms. Agresta was a featured recitalist at the World Harp Congress in Paris, France, Seattle, Washington, Prague, Czech Republic, and Dublin, Ireland. She is Web Manager for the World Harp Congress Review, Voting Member of the Recording Academy (NARAS), and New York Regional Director of the American Harp Society.
KIRSTEN AGRESTA studied with Nancy Allen of The Juilliard School and with Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald of Indiana University. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University, and was awarded the Performer's Certificate, the highest distinction awarded by the prestigious School of Music. Ms. Agresta served as Associate Instructor of the I.U. Harp Department from 1991-93. She currently resides in New York City, where she maintains a private teaching studio, and is a member of the Music Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY.