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Canada’s most innovative Harpist

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Canada’s most innovative Harpist


Travels 500 km From Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Available in Canada Only

Languages: English Only

Harpist ●
Ceremony Music ●
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About Us

Kristen Theriault has emerged as one of Canada’s most vibrant and innovative young harpists. A versatile performer, Kristen’s artistry is evident whether exploring new music, playing with pre-eminent symphony orchestras or engaging new audiences at downtown clubs and festivals.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Kristen completed her Bachelors of Music in harp performance with celebrated recording artist Dr. Carrol McLaughlin at the University of Arizona, and then went on to receive her Masters degree from the University of Toronto, where she studied with world-renowned harpist Judy Loman. ​ Kristen has played at the Shaw Festival, at the 2011 Juno Awards, at MuchMusic and has been featured on numerous CBC television and radio broadcasts.

She has toured throughout Europe under the Hazelwood Records label and performed with Zeena Parkins at the CalArts Theatre in L.A. and at the Dance Theatre Workshop in N.Y.C.​  Kristen is often found assailing many an ear and a few preconceived notions of the harp at Independent Arts Festivals, new music concerts and in local attics and basements.

Her passion for contemporary music has led her to work with such composers as Charles Wuorninen, Michael Colgrass and David Felder. She records and tours internationally and has been featured on classical, contemporary, jazz and rock albums. Along with maintaining a private studio for harp instruction, she also holds the post of Adjunct Instructor of Harp with the State University of New York at Buffalo. She regularly lends her talents to classical chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras, and is currently principal harpist for the Slee Sinfonietta.

She has performed with the Toronto Symphony, the National Ballet Orchestra, The Burlington New Millennium Orchestra and the Niagara Symphony.

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Pamela K. , Bride

​​"Kristen played the most beautiful harp music for our ceremony. She is so pleasant to work with and such a talented musician. She made each song flow into the other so beautifully. We've had her play at parties before and would hire her again in a second! Thank you Kristen. You added so much beauty to the night."

Mayor of Whitby

"Your harp playing at the beginning of the evening was a pleasure and certainly made it
one event that I shall never forget. I thank you for helping to make it so special, not only
for me, but for all members of Town Council."
Pat Perkins, Mayor of Whitby

Durham Regional Police

​"Kristen is a world class harpist and a delight to work with. Her musical abilities are impressive and bring an air of sophistication to the event. Her performance is note perfect and contributes greatly to a relaxed but elegant atmosphere."
Dave Selby, Director Corporate Communications

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