Celtic harp

Edinburgh-born harpist and composer Maeve Gilchrist has been credited as an innovator on her native Celtic harp (Clársach) due to her uniquely rhythmic and improvisational approach to the instrument. Currently based in Brooklyn, Maeve tours internationally as a solo artist and with a variety of projects including a duo with percussive dance master Nic Gareiss, a more electronics-based collaboration with Nashville-based bass player and composer, Viktor Krauss. She has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Darol Anger, Ambrose Akinmusire, Nir Felder, Frankie Gavin, Esperanza Spalding, Tony Trischka, Alasdair Fraser, Solas, and Vardan Ovsepian. Last fall, Maeve premiered her original concerto for symphony orchestra and harp with the Western Piedmont symphony orchestra in North Carolina as a co-composition with Luke Benton. She’s since composed a number of pieces including a three-movement Samuel Beckett-inspired piece for harp, string quartet, and sound samples, which was premiered at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival in the spring of 2019. She is a regular visiting artist at the Berklee College of Music and has had a number of instructional books published by Hal Leonard.

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