Praised by the New York Times as “excellent,” Katherine Siochi is an award-winning harp soloist and newly appointed principal harpist of the Sarasota Orchestra. Ms. Siochi began her musical studies with the piano when she was 5 years old, and began learning the harp at age 9. She holds her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in harp performance from The Juilliard School, where she studied with NY Philharmonic principal harpist Nancy Allen. While earning her master's at Juilliard, Katherine was a recipient of the distinguished Kovner Fellowship.
Katherine is the 2016 gold medalist of the 10th USA International Harp Competition, one of the world's most prestigious harp contests, and is only the second American to win the prize since 1989. Katherine has also received many awards in national harp competitions, including first prize in the American Harp Society's Young Professional division, earning her the title of AHS Concert Artist for 2015-2017. As Concert Artist, Katherine presented recitals and masterclasses in over 20 cities across the US. This summer, Katherine gave solo recitals in Hong Kong and China. Her performances have been featured twice on NPR’s radio program “From The Top,” on New York Public Radio for WQXR's "Young Artist Showcase," and on American Public Media's "Performance Today."
Active as an orchestral and chamber musician, Katherine has performed in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. She has substituted regularly with the New York Philharmonic. This year, Katherine was featured as a soloist in Alice Tully Hall performing Ginastera's Harp Concerto with The Juilliard Orchestra. Katherine has also performed as a concerto soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Indiana Festival Orchestra. She has spent the past few summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival.
In addition to the harp, Katherine studied secondary piano at The Juilliard School under Dr. Michael Shinn during her four years as an undergraduate. Her background as a pianist has contributed to her interest in transcribing piano works for the harp, as well as her unique attention to voicing on the harp. Katherine grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, where she studied with Pamela Weest-Carrasco at The Preucil School of Music.