Elisabeth Remy Johnson
The principal harpist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Elisabeth Remy Johnson grey up on Cape Cod, commuting to Boston for her studies with Ann Hobson Pilot and spending summers in Camden, Maine, at the Salzedo Summer Harp Colony for study with Alice Chalifoux. Other summers were spent at Tanglewood, where she was a Fellow in Harp at the Tanglewood Music Center. Upon her graduation Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with a double major in music and French, she was immediately hired by the Atlanta Symphony, where she holds the endowed Delta Air Lines Chair, and also held the honorary UPS Community Service Chair for 2006-07. Winner of first-place awards in competitions of the American Harp Society and the American String Teachers Association, she is also a NFAA/ARTS awardee.
In 2006, Ms. Remy Johnson gave the world premiere of Son Risa by Robert Xavier Rodríguez at the American Harp Society National Convention in San Francisco. With the Atlanta Symphony, she has performed concertos by Debussy, Handel, Mozart, and Ginastera. She recorded Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with Robert Shaw and his Chamber Singers for the Telarc recording “A Robert Shaw Christmas: Angels on High.” Her first solo CD, “Whirlwind,” was released by ACA Digital in 2000. She recently released a duet album, “Encantamiento,” featuring works for flute and harp with Christina Smith, Principal Flute of the ASO.
Ms. Remy Johnson teaches harp privately and is an artist affiliate at Emory University, Artist in Residence at Kennesaw State University, and Adjunct Instructor at Georgia State University. She is co-founder and artistic director of the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble, a program serving harp students from the Atlanta Public School system, for which she received Atlanta’s Channel Eleven Community Service Award and the TBS Pathfinder’s Award.