Limelight Magazine - American Harpist, Emily Ann Granger delivered a defiant demonstration, not just of impressive virtuosity, but of eye-opening versatility as well.
... a concert of largely faultless, well-executed playing,constructing an evening of such bold, uncompromising, pioneering music...
Trailblazers, while not always popular, should be fearless, and this was a performance that wasn’t just brave, but also brilliant.
Growing up in Kansas City, Emily began playing the harp at age 11. She has performed extensively with orchestras across the globe including Chicago, Sydney, Tasmanian, Canberra Symphony Orchestras, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Orchestra Victoria and Opera Australia Orchestra.
She earned her Bachelor of Music from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music where she studied with famed pedagogue, Susann McDonald, and her Masters of Music from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts studying with Principal Harp of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Bullen.
Some of Emily's most notable performances have included recitals at the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Curtis Institute of Music, National Theater in Havana, Cuba, and Lyon & Healy Hall. She has performed with renowned musicians Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann, Sarah Blasko, Diesel, and Janelle Monáe. Emily served as the Principal Harp of the Chicago Civic Orchestra from 2012-2014. Her performances are often heard both live and recorded on WFMT and Fine Music Radio. She is the recipient of the 2015 Farewell Trust Award, first prize winner of the CCPA Concerto Competition, and quarter-finalist at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.
In 2012, Emily co-founded the Chicago Harp Quartet. The quartet has dedicated itself to presenting innovative, charismatic and forward-thinking programs that include original transcriptions as well as new commissions from composers across the globe. In 2017, the quartet embarked on a musical ambassadorship to Havana, Cuba performing, teaching and donating much-needed supplies to the community. They will be releasing their second album later this year with original works by Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, Bruce Broughton, and Paul Patterson.
As an educator, Emily has served on the faculty at VanderCook College of Music, British School of Chicago, and Chicago Harp Ensemble. She has taught at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and presented masterclasses and educational residencies at Indiana University, New York University, Play on Philly!, Vanderbilt University and American Harp Society National Conference with the Chicago Harp Quartet. Emily's students have won competitions across the world including prizes at the Mexican International Harp Competition and American Harp Society Chicago Chapter Competition.
As an avid hiker, Granger successfully walked the Te Araroa trail - a 3,000-kilometer trail across New Zealand taking 138 days to complete the journey from Cape Reinga to Bluff. In addition, Emily completed a through hike of California's John Muir Trail (400kms), climbed 14 of Colorado's highest mountains in one week and hiked Australia's 15 highest mountains and walked the famous Camino de Santiago (800kms) across Spain in January 2018.