Classical Classroom, Episode 214: The Harp Will Go On with Yolanda Kondonassis
When it comes to the harp, Yolanda Kondonassis is kind of a big deal. She’s literally written the book on the topic. In this episode, she teaches all about the history of the harp, describes the different kinds of harp, its mechanics, its repertoire, and about harp music being written today. She also tells the story of her personal history with the harp and how those first few plucks altered her life FOREVAH!
Ep 21 - Grammy Award Nominated Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis
Better Than Monkeys
Fresh on the heels of her SECOND Grammy Award nomination, this time in the best classical instrumental solo category, Yolanda Kondonassis finds time to chat with our Better Than Monkeys audience about her passion for the harp, her newest recording of the Jennifer Higdon Harp Concerto with Ward Stare and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, her passion for the environment, her skills as an author and educator, her not so secret love for her husband and her fixation with coffee and funky music!
Yolanda Kondonassis, Harpist, and Ward Stare, Conductor, speaking about the Harp Concerto by Jennifer Higdon, Pulitzer-Prize-winning Composer, for Yolanda Kondonassis. The work is part of an album titled, "American Rapture" released in 2019 by Azica Records, featuring Symphony No. 1 by Samuel Barber and "Rapture" by Patrick Harlin and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.www.azica.com www.yolandaharp.com www.wardstare.com
From her website: “Yolanda Kondonassis is celebrated as one of the world’s premier solo harpists and is widely regarded as today’s most recorded classical harpist. Hailed as “a brilliant and expressive player” (Dallas Morning News) with “exquisite sensitivity to timbre and shading…both elegant and eloquent” (Miami Herald), she has performed around the globe as a concerto soloist and in recital, bringing her unique brand of musicianship and warm artistry to an ever-increasing audience. Also a published author, speaker, professor of harp, and environmental activist, she weaves her many passions into a vibrant and multi-faceted career.” In this podcast, Rob Kennedy and Yolanda Kondonassis talk about her career as a solo performer and teacher, as well as her championing of new music for the harp. This podcast omits the music selections heard in the original My Life In Music program due to performing rights issues. Photo: Yolanda Kondonassis/Laura Watilo Blake