Elizabeth Hainen

Maryjane Mayhew Barton Chair in Harp Studies
Harp, Chamber Music

Elizabeth Hainen

Elizabeth Hainen, principal harp of the Philadelphia Orchestra, has won international acclaim performing as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. In addition to numerous concerto appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, her solo engagements have included the City of London Sinfonia, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Kennedy Center Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra, Camerata Ducale (Italy), Chicago Civic Orchestra, Mexico State Symphony, Vienna Boys Choir, and numerous recitals at Carnegie Hall. She has collaborated with such eminent conductors and musicians as Charles Dutoit, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Michael Tilson Thomas, and the Juilliard String Quartet; and has appeared with Curtis on Tour. A champion of new music, Ms. Hainen was featured in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s world premiere of Nu Shu: Secret Songs of Women by Tan Dun, and has performed the work on four continents.

Ms. Hainen can be heard on her debut recording of 19th-century romantic solo works on the Naxos label and on a series of recordings by Lyon and Healy's Egan label. As the founding director of the Lyra Society, an organization to promote new works for the harp and educate young harpists, she has provided educational outreach to hundreds of school children in urban Philadelphia.

Ms. Hainen joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2005 and also teaches at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. In the summers she leads the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony as part of Curtis Summerfest.