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Yolanda Kondonassis

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Classical Classroom, Episode 214: The Harp Will Go On with Yolanda Kondonassis

Classical Classroom

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!

45mins

19 Aug 2020

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Ep. 106: Yolanda Kondonassis, one of the world's premier solo harpists

Let's Talk Off The Podium

Ep. 106: Yolanda Kondonassis, one of the world's premier solo harpists. Let's Talk Off The Podium with Tigran Arakelyan. 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 “viscerally exciting” (The Chicago Tribune) and a “brilliant and expressive player” (The Dallas Morning News), 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, sheweaves her many passions into a vibrant and multi-faceted career. Kondonassis has sold hundreds of thousands of albums and downloads worldwide and her extensive discography includes over twenty titles. She continues to be a pioneering force in the harp world, striving to make her instrument more accessible to audiences and push the boundaries of what listeners expect of the harp. She was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for the world premiere recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto with The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (Azica Records, 2019). Her 2008 album of music by Takemitsu and Debussy, Air (Telarc), was also nominated for a Grammy Award. Since making her debut at age 18 with the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, Kondonassis has appeared as soloist with major orchestras in the United States and abroad including The Cleveland Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, and Hong Kong Philharmonic, to name a few. Other engagements include performances at renowned festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, Spoleto Festival,Tanglewood Music Festival, and she has been featured on CNN and PBS, as well as Sirius XM Radio’s Symphony Hall, NPR’s All Things Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts,St. Paul Sunday Morning, and Performance Today.   Kondonassis is committed to the advancement of contemporary music for the instrument, with recent premieres including works by Bright Sheng, and Jennifer Higdon. Her extensive discography includes works by Rorem, Rochberg, Erb, Liebermann, Paulus, Fitch, Lash, Montsalvatge,Takemitsu, Cage, and Carter, among others. Her most recent book,The Composer’s Guide to Writing Well for the Harp, was released in 2019. In addition to her active solo, chamber music and recording schedule, Kondonassis heads the harp departments at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Institute of Music, and presentsmasterclasses around the world.   In this podcast we talk about premieres, her new book, passion for writing, life changing moments and hobbies. Ms. Kondonassis also speaks about her non-profit, Earth at Heart and much more. For more information about Yolanda Kondonassis please visit: https://www.yolandaharp.com © Let's Talk Off The Podium, 2020

38mins

18 Jun 2020

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1 Track Podcast #115 (S10E3) - Yolanda Kondonassis

1 Track Podcast

This week, I talk with HARPIST Yolanda Kondonassis about her 1 Track, Alberto Ginastera's Harp Concerto.

1hr

16 Feb 2020

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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! 

42mins

21 Jan 2020

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John Pitman Review - Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis: American Rapture

All Classical Portland | Arts Blog

John Pitman Review - Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis: American Rapture by All Classical Portland

15mins

10 Sep 2019

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Yolanda Kondonassis; Ward Stare; July 29 2019

ArtScene with Erika Funke

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

16mins

31 Jul 2019

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New Classical Tracks: Yolanda Kondonassis premieres new harp concerto by Jennifer Higdon in 'American Rapture'

New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and conductor Ward Stare share insights into their new album 'American Rapture,' which features the world premiere of a new harp concerto by Jennifer Higdon.

23mins

3 Jul 2019

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Yolanda Kondonassis

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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

17 Jun 2019