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 with flutist Kaili Maimets as a founding member of the Topaz Duo; she also tours with harpist Caroline Cole as part of the Canadian Harp Duo, which made its debut in 2013 performing Canadian Composer Marjan Mozetich’s double harp concerto The Passion of Angels with Symphony by the Bay. Also in 2013 she shared the stage with acclaimed harpist Judy Loman in a joint recital on the Royal Conservatory of Music faculty series performing the Toronto Harp Society's composition competition winning works. Angela works regularly with many top chamber music, choral, and orchestral organizations throughout the area, including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, the Kingston 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. 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 Toy Piano Composers in 2014 yielded five new chamber works for harp. Most recently, 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 is 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 University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School, and at the Young Artist's Harp Seminar, and has given master classes at the Univeristy of Ottawa, 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. She is a frequent contributor to the international publication, Harp Column.