Short Biography

Jacqueline Pollauf, harpist, is a performer, teacher and composer. Praised for playing with “transcendent ability” (The Sybaritic Singer), she recently premiered a new work for harp and voice at Carnegie Hall in New York, New York. Past performances include the Eleventh World Harp Congress in Vancouver, Canada and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. An active recitalist, Jacqueline always seeks to explore the versatility of the harp.

Jacqueline’s compositional works are available through Lyon and Healy Publications, Harp Column Music, and Oakway Studios. Recording credits include a forthcoming album with cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski, and Songs and Dreams for solo harp. Jacqueline has been honored with awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and Chamber Music America. In addition to being the director of the Baltimore Harp Camp, Jacqueline is on faculty of the Baltimore School for the Arts, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory.

“The playing was assured and clean... with the

sparkling harp of Jacqueline Pollauf.”

  -Charles T. Downey, Ionarts

Long Biography

Jacqueline Pollauf, harpist, has been praised for playing with “transcendent ability” (The Sybaritic Singer) and “most satisfying elegance” (The Toledo Blade). Highlights of the 2019-2020 season will include a solo recital at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D. C.; the release of Beau Soir, an album of cello and harp music with Dariusz Skoraczewski, and an appearance as the guest conductor of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras Harp Ensemble. Past performances include the premiere of a new work for harp and voice at Carnegie Hall, and appearances at the Eleventh World Harp Congress in Vancouver, Canada, and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.  Jacqueline has been a featured soloist with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Newark Symphony Orchestra, and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, among others. Whether performing standard repertoire or her own compositions and transcriptions, Jacqueline is always exploring the versatility of the harp.

In addition to solo performances, Jacqueline appears frequently as part of Trio Sirènes, along with flutist Marcia McHugh and violist Karin Brown. Trio Sirènes has been featured on recital series including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Music by Candelight Series, the Strathmore Mansion Concert Series, and the Cosmos Club Chamber Music Series.  Jacqueline also performs regularly with Dariusz Skoraczewski, principal cellist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Jacqueline has performed with a wide array of ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Post Classical Ensemble, (Washington D.C.),  the Scottish Voices (Glasgow, Scotland), Opera Lafayette (Washington D.C.), the Choir of Clare College (Cambridge, UK), the National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble (Washington D.C.), and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

Recording credits include Songs and Dreams for solo harp, featuring Jacqueline’s own compositions and transcriptions;  Bouquet, Jacqueline’s debut solo album; Music from Three Continents with the Scottish Voices ensemble of Glasgow, Scotland; delight/delirium featuring works by composer Fernando Benadon; and Voyage,recording of avant-garde harp and saxophone duets with Noah Getz.

A dedicated composer and arranger, Jacqueline has a variety of publications available through Lyon and Healy Publications, Vanderbilt Music, and Harp Column Music. Many of her works are also available through Oakway Studios, including two major pedagogical works, Exercises in Harmonics and Pedal Exercises for Harp.

Jacqueline has been recognized with numerous awards and grants including Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, a Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant, an American Composer’s Forum Encore Grant, and a Yellow Barn Artist Residency. Jacqueline is on the faculties of the Baltimore School for the Arts, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and maintains a private studio of harp students. She has given masterclasses at Florida State University, the Levine School of Music, and Salisbury University, among others. Additionally, she is the founder and director of the Baltimore Harp Camp, serves as president the Baltimore Harp Chapter of the American Harp Society, and is on the editorial board of the American String Teacher. Jacqueline holds Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory.

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