Introduction

Yolanda Kondonassis is celebrated as one of the world’s premier solo harpists and is widely regarded as today’s most-recorded classical harpist. Hailed as “an extraordinary virtuosa” and “sheer luminescence at the harp,” she has performed around the globe as a concerto soloist and in recital. With twenty-three albums and hundreds of thousands of discs and downloads sold worldwide, Kondonassis’ extensive discography includes the world premiere recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto (written for her) and Air, featuring music by Takemitsu and Debussy. She received Grammy nominations for both projects, and Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto received a 2020 Grammy Award. Kondonassis has published four books to date (all with Carl Fischer Music) and presents masterclasses around the world.

Education

  • Interlochen Arts Academy
  • BM and MM, Cleveland Institute of Music; studied with Alice Chalifoux

Teaching Experience

Cleveland Institute of Music
Head, Harp Department

Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Head, Harp Department