Recipient of the Hnatyshyn Foundation Classical Music Grant for Orchestral Instruments, harpist Emily Mariko Belvedere has been praised for her “crystalline technique” and her “ease in merging lyrical and dissonant sounds”. (MusicWeb International’s Worldwide Concert and Opera Reviews) An enthusiastic competitor, Miss Belvedere has won a number of bursaries and scholarships including claiming third prize at the American Harp Society’s 18th National Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah.
More recently, Emily won the 2013 McGill Classical Concerto Competition as well as the prize for best performance of a Canadian work in the 2013 OSM Standard Life Competition in Montreal. Emily is an avid performer of chamber music and was also a prizewinner in the Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In February of 2014, Emily was featured as a soloist with the Mcgill Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Alexis Hauser.
A native of Toronto, Emily has given many solo and chamber performances throughout the GTA, and has been invited to perform for organizations such as the Women’s Art Association of Toronto, the Mooredale Concert Series in Toronto and the Christ Church Beaurepaire Concert Series in Quebec. Although she loves to travel and has had the oppourtunity to perform on stages throughout North America and Europe, Emily also enjoys using music as a way to connect with the people in her own community. She often performs in hospitals, living rooms, classrooms, and other various venues throughout the city. Miss Belvedere is a member and co-founder of two award- winning chamber groups; Duo Novus, a harp duet based out of Toronto with Kristan Toczko and Flute and Harp Duo Kalysta with Montreal resident Lara Deutsch.
Emily holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music, where she studied with internationally acclaimed harpist Judy Loman. In 2014, she completed her Masters Degree in Harp Performance at McGill University under Montreal Symphony’s principal harpist, Jennifer Swartz. Miss Belvedere currently works and performs out of Toronto, Ontario.
– may 2015 –