Biography

Canadian native Angela Schwarzkopf concertizes throughout the Toronto area and beyond as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral harpist. The first harpist to receive a Doctorate of Music in harp performance in Canada, she has also served as President of the Toronto Chapter of the American Harp Society since 2012.

Angela Schwarzkopf performs regularly as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral harpist. Recently, Angela performed the double harp concerto The Passion of Angels by Canadian Composer Marjan Mozetich, with fellow harpist Erica Goodman and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013 she shared the stage with acclaimed harpist Judy Loman in a joint recital in the Royal Conservatory of Music Faculty Series performing the Toronto Harp Society’s Composition Competition winning works. As a chamber musician, Angela has been featured with a number of different organizations, most recently in a faculty recital at Mount Allison University. She is also a founding member of the Topaz Duo along with flutist Kaili Maimets. Angela works regularly with many top choral and orchestral organizations throughout the area, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, the Peterborough Symphony, the Talisker Players, and at the Stratford Festival, among others.

As an advocate for new music, Angela has worked on commissioning projects with many prominent composers. Angela has received two grants from the American Harp Society to commission new works for harp by composers Monica Pearce and Elisha Denburg. In 2013, she helped commission Castles in the Sand, a solo work for harp written by Toronto Symphony Orchestra affiliate composer Kevin Lau. Her collaboration with the Caution Tape Sound Collective in 2016 and the Toy Piano Composers in 2014 yielded three new harp solos and five new chamber works for harp. Her live recording of Attach by Monica Pearce was aired on New York’s WXQR.

Angela is a course instructor at the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School of Music, and on faculty at the internationally renowned Young Artist’s Harp Seminar, in Georgia, U.S.A. She also maintains a thriving studio of private students in Toronto. As a juror, she has adjudicated for recitals, juries, chamber music, orchestral exams, and auditions of all kinds. Most recently she has adjudicated for the National Arts Center Orchestra Bursary Competition, the Kiwanis Music Festival, the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School, and at the Young Artist’s Harp Seminar.

Angela Schwarzkopf completed her Bachelor of Music in harp performance from the University of Ottawa in 2007; her Master of Music in harp performance from the University of Toronto in 2009; and her Doctorate of Music in harp performance from the University of Toronto in 2015. She has won numerous scholarships and awards, and has been invited to perform at international events. An extract of her doctoral dissertation was published in the 2016 summer edition of The American Harp Journal. Also during the summer of 2016 Angela presented her research at the American Harp Society National Conference in Atlanta. In addition she is a frequent contributor to the international publication, Harp Column.