ORCHESTRAL HARPIST, CHAMBER Musician, SOLOIST
Versatile harpist Kathryn Andrews fears no challenge on her instrument. Whether it be collaborating on a contemporary work, playing with an orchestra, or performing as a soloist, Kathryn’s unique interpretation, technique and musicality make her one of the most recognized harpists in New York City.
On Broadway, Kathryn was the principal harpist for the 2018 production of Carousel starring Renée Fleming. She has performed on Hello, Dolly!, Wicked, Rogers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella and The Fantasticks. She has performed with The Bronx Opera, The Queens Symphony, The Chelsea Symphony, The Manhattan Camerata and The West Point Band. She was a featured soloist with The Chelsea Symphony in their 2009 and 2012 seasons.
An avid promoter of new music, she is a founding member of Duo Scorpio and Trio Kavak, both New York City based new music ensembles performing and commissioning contemporary classical works. Her harp duo released their first album Scorpion Tales in 2012 on the American Modern Recordings label. The album was on the ballot for the 2013 Grammy® awards in three categories including Best Chamber/Small Ensemble Performance. They were featured performers at the American Harp Society’s 50th Anniversary Conference in New York City, the World Harp Congress in Sydney in 2014, and the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong in 2017 where they premiered their commission "Scorpions" by Paul Patterson.
Kathryn can be heard on Duo Scorpio's Scorpion Tales and Two Bridges, Trio Kavak's Heirlooms, Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Carousel (2018 Cast Recording), Broadway’s Carols for a Cure with the cast of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, children’s collaboration Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin with music by Marvin Hamlisch and jazz legend Wycliff Gordon featuring narration by Angela Lansbury, and several jazz albums including Sixteen: Drummer's Suite by Dan Weiss, Fourteen by Dan Weiss, one of The New York Times top 10 albums of 2014, A Pouting Grimace by Matt Mitchell, and Caterpillar Chronicles by Steve Newcomb.
Kathryn has performed with Florence + The Machine, Warren Haynes, Marvin Hamlisch, Il Divo, The Irish Tenors, Frank Patterson, Jane Monheit, Joe Lovano, and American Idol Clay Aiken.
Kathryn has a Master Degree from the Manhattan School of Music in Orchestral Performance and a Master Degree from the Mannes College of Music in Classical Harp where she studied with Susan Jolles. In 2009, she was awarded the Orchestral Performance Award from the Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy for her interpretation of the bel canto style winning a solo recital in Los Angelos, California.
Passionate about teaching, Kathryn maintains a private harp studio in New York and New Jersey, is a substitute teacher at the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College, and is on the faculty at The Dwight School's Conservatory Program. Kathryn is the Co-Director of the Prep Division of the Young Artists Harp Seminar. She is a member of the Local 802 Musician Union, The American Harp Society, and Metro Harp New York.