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 now teachers at a number of top institutions.

Angela Schwarzkopf performs regularly as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral harpist. Favorite performances include performing the double harp concerto The Passion of Angels by Canadian Composer Marjan Mozetich, with fellow harpist Erica Goodman and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and sharing 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 National Arts Centre Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, London Symphonia, 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 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. Most recently, Angela received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council for her recording project of all new Canadian music.

Angela is a course instructor at the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School of Music and is the harp instructor at McMaster University. During the summer she is on faculty at the internationally renowned Young Artist’s Harp Seminar, in Ohio, U.S.A. Angela 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.

A frequent contributor to the international publication, Harp Column, Angela also serves on the editorial board of The American Harp Journal. An extract of her doctoral dissertation was published in the 2016 summer edition of The American Harp Journal. During the summer of 2016 Angela presented her research at the American Harp Society National Conference in Atlanta.  Recently Angela has been invited to perform and speak on a panel at the American Harp Society Summer Institute. Angela served as President of the Toronto Chapter of the American Harp Society from 2012-2016. 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.