Harpist Emily Granger has firmly established herself in Australia as one of the most in-demand instrumentalists of her generation, with solo, chamber, and orchestral performances in concert halls across the country. Her warmth and captivating performances make her a favourite with audiences and musicians alike as she shares music from a broad range of approaches. Emily’s considerable talent finds her equally at home in intimate chamber recitals and thrilling performances of daring new works.
She grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and graduated from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Following her studies, she served as Principal Harp for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Since her studies, Emily has performed around the world as Guest Principal Harp with the Chicago, Sydney, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Orchestra Victoria, and Opera Australia Orchestra.
2021 highlights include recitals with Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principal Flute, Joshua Batty for Musica Viva Morning Masters, solo and chamber appearances at the Orange Chamber Music Festival, Ukaria Cultural Centre, Newcastle Festival, Four Winds, Melbourne Recital Centre, her debut with Southern Cross Soloists and concerto soloist with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra.
Emily’s debut solo album, In Transit, will be released in early 2022 on the UK-based label, AVIE.
As a founding member of the Chicago Harp Quartet, Emily has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Centre, and Ravinia Festival and has presented masterclasses and workshops at New York University, University of Minnesota, and a week-long musical exchange in Havana, Cuba.
Emily has performed at the Sydney, Ravinia, Canberra, Craven Creek, Bellingen, Ear Taxi, and Lyon & Healy 150th Birthday Festivals and with artists and ensembles such as Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Janelle Monáe, Hugh Jackman, Sarah Blasko, International Chamber Artists, Flinders Quartet, Omega Ensemble, Ensemble Offspring, and Nexas Saxophone Quartet.
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, University of Minnesota, Queensland Harp Society, and American Harp Society National Conference
Emily's students have won competitions worldwide, including prizes at the Mexican International Harp Competition and American Harp Society Chicago Chapter Competition, and have won auditions into the Sydney Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Youth Symphony.