Chicago Harp Quartet


Showcasing at AMW 2019

Conrad D of Hilton Minneapolis
Fri. Sept 06 - 10:50pm-11:05pm

Founded in 2012, the Chicago Harp Quartet has established itself as the leading harp ensemble in the United States. The Quartet brings its signature mix of original transcriptions of Baroque, Classical and Romantic repertoire and new works by the world’s leading composers. The Quartet is dedicated to  presenting innovative and charismatic programs to stages and audiences of all sorts. Every CHQ performance is a unique experience, bringing together the four members’ extensive and diverse solo careers and their combined dedication to sharing the excitement of the harp quartet literature.

The Chicago Harp Quartet has performed at major concert venues across the US and abroad including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival, Curtis Institute of Music and the National Theater in Havana, Cuba. The Quartet has collaborated with artists including Third Coast Percussion, the International Chamber Ensemble, Duo Scorpio, Mozawa, and Ho Etsu Taiko.

The Quartet is devoted to educating its audiences and reaching students of all disciplines. CHQ is sought after for masterclasses and educational residencies (recently at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, New York University, Vanderbilt University and Play On Philly!) and continues to inspire young harpists through their work with the Chicago Harp Ensemble.

CHQ is featured frequently on WFMT Chicago (98.7FM) and has performed for the Lyon & Healy 150th Anniversary Festival and 2015 Summer Concert Series, 41st National Conference of the American Harp Society in New Orleans, Norton Building Series, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center and Ear Taxi Festival.

Among ongoing commissioning projects, the Quartet has premiered works by Bernard Andres, Nicholas Davies, Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, Carolyn O'Brien, and Hilary Purrington.  In 2014, the Quartet released their highly successful debut CD, Soirées d'été and in 2018 their second disc, Dance Sketches.


“Unique. Rare. Fascinating. Heavenly.”

— Bob Saar, The Hawk Eye


Dance Sketches

A celebration of all things dance! Featuring opera hits from Carmen, Manuel de Falla’s La Vida Breve, and ballet classics from Coppélia. This enticing program will have you dancing in your seat. The quartet brings new works worthy of their place alongside the masters like Cuban Dream After the Storm which evokes a world of tropical thunderstorms and conga lines and Dance Sketches featuring a very catchy and spicy tango.

Reimagined - Classical works for Harp Quartet

Hear some of the most famous Classical music ever written with new and exciting colors performed by the Chicago Harp Quartet.  The concert includes beloved themes from Carmen, Spring from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and even the spectacular Hungarian Rhapsody by Listz!  An exciting new twist to the Classical music you already know and love, but reimagined by these four powerhouse harpists!

Holiday Harps 

Holiday Harp Extravaganza! From Classical Favorites like the Nutcracker Suite to charming childhood nostalgia like Sleigh Ride, this concert is sure to delight and entertain! The whole family will enjoy entering the world of yuletide fantasies performed by the sparkling sounds of the critically acclaimed, Chicago Harp Quartet.

Educational Outreach

Join the Chicago Harp Quartet in an introduction to this captivating instrument with music from around the globe. CHQ will explain how the modern pedal harp works while also demonstrating musical aspects within music from Asia, South America, Europe, and the United States. Learn about the workings of the harp from this scintillating Quartet!