Internationally acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis will join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for two performances of Mozart’s Concerto for Harp and Flute with Detroit Symphony Orchestra assistant principal flutist Sharon Sparrow on February 3 and 4, 2017 at 8pm at Orchestra Hall, led by Music Director Leonard Slatkin. The program also includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, “Prague” and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter.” The February 4 performance at 8pm EST will be webcast live at dso.org/live. These concerts are part of the DSO’s Mozart Festival (#MozartFest), which runs from January 19 to February 5, www.dso.org/mozartfest
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 “a brilliant and expressive player” (Dallas Morning News), she has performed around the globe as a concerto soloist and in recital, bringing her unique brand of musicianship and warm artistry to an ever- increasing audience. With hundreds of thousands of discs and downloads sold worldwide, Kondonassis’ extensive discography, released on the Telarc, Azica, Oberlin, New World, and Channel Classics labels, includes twenty titles, including her recording of Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with The English Chamber Orchestra on Channel Classics. Her 2008 release of music by Takemitsu and Debussy, Air (Telarc), was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Kondonassis recently released Ginastera: One Hundred, a centennial recording tribute to Alberto Ginastera. Kondonassis created the project, in collaboration with Oberlin Music, as a labor of love and gratitude to the composer for his iconic Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, which Kondonassis has performed over a hundred times with orchestras around the world and recorded on the new album with conductor Raphael Jiménez and The Oberlin Symphony Orchestra. The centennial tribute also includes works by the celebrated Argentine composer for violin, piano, and guitar featuring Gil Shaham, Orli Shaham, and Jason Vieaux. Other upcoming projects include a harp concerto commission with Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Jennifer Higdon. Kondonassis will present the premiere series of performances of Higdon’s Concerto for Harp and Orchestra with orchestras across the U.S. in 2018 and 2019.