Bio courtesy Harriet Langley
Korean-Australian violinist Harriet Langley is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician who has performed with the London Chamber Orchestra, the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Reno Philharmonic, the Gyeonggi Philharmonic of Korea, and the Orchestre National de Belgique, to name a few. The laureate of many competitions, including the 2016 Leopold Mozart Competition, the 2011 Andrea Postacchini International Competition, and the 2006 Yehudi Menuhin International Competition, she has also released two CDs with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, the first of the Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No.7 in 2011 and the second of Saint-Saëns Pieces for Violin, including the Havanaise and Romances in 2013.
An exuberant chamber musician, Harriet’s past festival appearances include the Seiji Ozawa International Music Academy in Switzerland, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, YellowBarn, and the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove. She has collaborated with such artists as Gary Hoffman, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Philippe Graffin, Mihaela Martin, Donald Weilerstein, Frans Helmerson, Joseph Kalichstein, Robert McDonald, Laurence Lesser, Midori Goto, and Menahem Pressler.
Harriet has an immense passion for community engagement and believes it imperative for artists to connect with varied communities harboring people from all walks of life. To that end, she has worked closely both in Europe and in the States with organizations such as Music for Food, NPR’s From the Top and the New England Conservatory’s Community Performances and Partnership program to create interactive musical programs to be taken to nursing homes, schools, hospitals, and homeless shelters. A staunch supporter of women’s rights and safety, she is a founding member of the Uhuru quartet whose purpose is to employ art, through music, as a means to connect, empower and bring joy to women in shelters. A recent collaborative project with a women’s shelter in New York City consisted of performances mixing classical music and other genres, fundraising concerts and workshops for songwriting.
Harriet has studied with Augustin Dumay at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth of Belgium, with Josef Rissin at the Karlsruhe Hochschule fur Musik in Germany, with Patinka Kopec and Pinchas Zukerman at the Manhattan School of Music and at the New England Conservatory, where she received her bachelor’s degree as a student of Miriam Fried and Lucy Chapman. She completed her Master’s degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Catherine Cho, Daniel Phillips and Donald Weilerstein.
In her spare time, Harriet dabbles in the baroque violin, fumbles over the piano and attempts to get closer to her original dream of being a cellist by stretching her fingers on the viola. She is burning fewer and fewer dishes in the kitchen and is strengthening her heart with the ten flights of stairs up to her fifth-floor walk-up. She has recently graduated from finger-painting to holding a brush and she procrastinates practicing by going on long, Billie Holiday-accompanied walks that typically end in the French Impressionist wing of a museum.