Emily Granger

Principal Harp

Emily Granger

Praised for her “vibrant musical personality” (Harp Column Magazine), American-Australian harpist Emily Granger has performed around the world as a Guest Principal Harpist with the Chicago, Sydney, Tasmanian, and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Orchestra Victoria, and Opera Australia Orchestra. She has given chamber and solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre and the UKARIA Cultural Centre. Since relocating from the United States in 2016, Emily has firmly established herself in the Australian music scene, both in the concert hall and the studio. Her schedule is consistently filled with engagements as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer.

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Emily studied harp at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with Susann McDonald, and later at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts with Sarah Bullen. After completing her studies, she served as Principal Harpist in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and co-founded the Chicago Harp Quartet.

In 2022, Emily released her debut solo album, "In Transit," on UK-based AVIE Records. The album received widespread acclaim and was Feature Album on ABC Classic and 2MBS Fine Music Sydney. BBC Music Magazine praised the album as "beautiful" and Limelight Magazine as "an impressive debut." "In Transit" has garnered over 3.5 million streams since its release. In 2023, she followed up with her second album, "Something Like This," with flautist Sally Walker. 2024 will see the release of two more albums: "Suite Mágica" on ABC Classic with guitarist Andrew Blanch and "Magic Sound" for the HUSH Foundation with percussionist Claire Edwardes.

Emily was a Finalist in the 2021 Art Music Awards for her outstanding performance of Ross Edwards’ solo piece, "The Harp and The Moon," and she continued to gain recognition as a finalist in the 2022 Freedman Classical Fellowship.

Recent performance highlights include appearances with Ensemble Q, Ensemble Offspring, Sydney Dance Company, Omega Ensemble, Flinders Quartet, Nexas Quartet, Sydney Art Quartet, Sydney Chamber Choir, and many more, in performances for Melbourne Recital Centre, Musica Viva Australia, Musica Viva Tasmania, Sydney Festival, Brisbane Music Festival, Orange Chamber Music Festival, Music in the Regions, Canberra International Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, and more.

Beyond her musical pursuits, Emily is an avid hiker who has completed several long distance walks, including a 3,000-kilometer hike along New Zealand's Te Araroa Trail, a 900-kilometer trek across Spain on the Camino de Santiago, and a 400-kilometer hike on California's John Muir Trail.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which the Orchestra works, plays, and creates music, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.