Biography: Meredith Clark, Harpist

Meredith Clark is in her second year at the Cleveland Institute of Music working towards a Master of Music degree in harp performance, studying under Yolanda Kondonassis. Meredith received her Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She had the good fortune of playing principal harpist for the Oberlin Symphony Orchestra in a tour of China in January 2006, as well as in a performance at Carnegie Hall in January 2007 under the direction of Robert Spano. Meredith continues to play for a number of orchestras in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, and Nebraska.

An avid performer of contemporary music, Meredith served as the harpist for the prestigious Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, where she had the privilege of working with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann. In solo and chamber contemporary music, she has worked with the late Daniel Pinkham, performing his Vigils for solo harp. In 2007, composer Lewis Nielson wrote a chamber work for harp, cello and percussion expressly for Meredith, which she premiered in New York City in June 2008. Most recently, Meredith has performed with the new music group Five-One in Cleveland, Ohio. She is passionate about new music, and feels it is important to help the composers and audiences of today understand and appreciate the great potential of the harp.

After winning the Cynthia Mitchell Woods Young Artist Competition in 2007, Meredith was invited to perform at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, in April 2009, marking her international solo debut. Also a winner of the Cleveland Institute of Music concerto competition, she performed the Ginastera Harp Concerto during CIM’s opening orchestra concert of the 2009-2010 year. Meredith has also been a prizewinner in the American String Teachers Association competition, and competed in the International Harp Contest in Israel and the International Harp Competition and Festival in the Netherlands.

Meredith has participated in summer music festivals such as the Texas Music Festival in Houston and the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland, and will travel to Japan to participate in the Pacific Music Festival this July. In addition to studying with Yolanda Kondonassis, Meredith has studied with the late Alice Chalifoux, Paula Page, Ellen Ritscher, Susan Pejovich, and Sydney Howell, as well as performing in master classes with Ann Hobson Pilot, Erika Waardenburg, Joan Holland, and Rebecca Anstine Smith. Meredith Clark is a native of Fort Worth, Texas.