Biography: Xiao (Shelly) Du

Shelly Du, harpist, is a recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received her Master of Music degree in Harp Performance as a student of Yolanda Kondonassis. Ms. Du has been a top-prize winner of the CIM Concerto Competition, the American Harp Society Anne Adams Awards National Competition, the Interlochen Arts Academy Concerto Competition, and was also a finalist in the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition. She has performed live on NPR’s From the Top, and was a recipient of the program’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Ms. Du received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she was inducted into the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda and received the conservatory dean’s Merit Scholarship Award. An avid orchestral musician, she has participated in summer festivals such as the Texas Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and has also performed with ensembles such as the Erie Philharmonic and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.

A native of China, Shelly Du grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where she started harp lessons at the age of ten as a student of Gaye LeBlanc. She continued her studies with Joan Raeburn Holland at the Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating in 2007 as Valedictorian with a Young Artist Award.