Making a name for herself as a dynamic young harpist of her generation, Anya Garipoli is committed to bringing the harp into the 21st century by forging a new artistic identity for her instrument. A versatile and multi-skilled musician, Anya is just as comfortable performing solo harp music in a large concert hall as she is playing in an orchestra pit or making electroacoustic pop covers with loop and effects pedals.
An accomplished solo harpist from an early age, Anya has been a winner of several prominent harp competitions across the country. Her accolades include: being named winner of the Lyon and Healy Awards Competition in Chicago, winner of the Anne Adams Awards Competition of the American Harp Society, and First Prize winner of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Harp Society’s annual competition.
In addition to solo performances, Anya is an avid orchestral player and chamber musician. She is currently in her second season as Principal Harpist with the Venice Symphony in Florida and serves as an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and substitute musician with the New World Symphony in Miami. Anya has performed in some of the best concert halls in the country, including Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Segerstrom Concert Hall. She has performed alongside various national and international orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Oakland Symphony, in addition to various Festival orchestras & local orchestras in her area.
Anya has been awarded numerous fellowships to participate in premier classical music festivals across the country, including the Music Academy of the West, the Round Top Music Festival, and the Texas Music Festival, all on full scholarships. She has been invited to other premier summer music programs, including the Aspen Music Festival & School.
A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Anya earned her Bachelor of Music studying with acclaimed solo harpist Yolanda Kondonassis. She is currently attending the Colburn School as an Artist Diploma candidate, under the tutelage of JoAnn Turovsky, Hollywood film score harpist and Principal Harp of the LA Opera and LA Chamber Orchestra.
A dedicated harp teacher, Anya currently teaches her own private studio locally and online, and teaches as part of The Colburn School’s Jumpstart for Young Musicians program, a fully funded program which provides free music lessons and instruments to children from low-income families in the greater Los Angeles county.
In addition to her classical training, Anya is a passionate electroacoustic harpist. She regularly makes pop, hip-hop, and lofi harp covers that use digital audio workstation software and technology gear such as loop pedals, effects pedals, and amplification in order to extend the harp’s capabilities and sound palette beyond what is traditionally heard. Anya is committed to expanding the sound worlds commonly associated with the harp and bringing this ancient instrument into the 21st century. She hopes to forge connection with others and create memorable concert experiences by providing immersive multi-media performances in collaboration with artists of other genres.