Praised by the New York Times as “excellent,” Katherine Siochi is an internationally-acclaimed harp soloist and principal harpist of the Sarasota Orchestra. 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. Audiences worldwide have commended Katherine for her virtuosity, as well as her poetic interpretations and innate sense of timing. Katherine strives to connect with her listeners through raw emotion and intensely expressive performances.
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 23 cities across the US. She has given solo recitals in Hong Kong, China, and at Lyon & Healy Hall in Chicago. Her performances have been featured on national radio programs: twice on NPR’s “From The Top,” on New York Public Radio for WQXR's "Young Artist Showcase," and on American Public Media's "Performance Today."
As an orchestral musician Katherine has performed in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, and Alice Tully Hall, and substitutes frequently with the New York Philharmonic. This fall she will perform Bright Sheng’s harp concerto “Never Far Away” with the Sarasota Orchestra. Katherine was featured as a soloist in Alice Tully Hall performing Ginastera's Harp Concerto with The Juilliard Orchestra, and has additionally soloed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Indiana Festival Orchestra. She has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival, and this summer she was principal harp for the Classical Tahoe orchestra in Lake Tahoe.
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. 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’s transcriptions of Debussy and Chopin are published through Lyon & Healy at harp.com. Katherine grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, where she studied with Pamela Weest-Carrasco.