Chicago Harp Quartet
"Chicago Harp Quartet could not be more excited about Ear Taxi Festival! We are always looking for ways to encourage the creation and exposure of new music. As an all female chamber ensemble, we are especially excited to be working with a female composer with hopes that someday all our voices will be heard equally across the field regardless of gender, age and ethnicity."
The Chicago Harp Quartet founded in 2012, has quickly established itself as the leading harp ensemble in the United States. Widely regarded as a Chicago treasure, the Quartet has dedicated itself to presenting innovative, charismatic and forward-thinking programs of existing classics transformed for the ensemble as well as new commissions from composers across the globe.
The Quartet has performed at major concert venues across the US including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Curtis Institute of Music. As part of CHQ's mission, the ensemble collaborates with other cutting edge artists including Third Coast Percussion, Mozawa, and Ho Etsu Taiko and continues their educational endeavors as instructors for the Chicago Harp Ensemble, as well as educational residencies at institutions including New York University and Play On Philly! The 2015/16 season includes performances throughout Chicago as well as an educational residency at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and performance for the USA International Harp Competition.
CHQ has been featured live on WFMT Chicago, at the Lyon & Healy 150th Anniversary Festival and 2015 Summer Concert Series, and at the 41st National Conference of the American Harp Society in New Orleans. Among ongoing commissioning projects, the Quartet has premiered works by Bernard Andres, Nicholas Davies, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, and Hilary Purrington. In 2014, the Quartet released their highly successful debut CD, Soirées d'été.