Elizabeth Hainen, principal harp of the Philadelphia Orchestra, has won international acclaim performing as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. In addition to numerous concerto appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, her solo engagements have included the City of London Sinfonia, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Kennedy Center Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia, Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra, Camerata Ducale (Italy), Chicago Civic Orchestra, Mexico State Symphony, Vienna Boys Choir, and numerous recitals at Carnegie Hall. She has collaborated with such eminent conductors and musicians as Charles Dutoit, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Michael Tilson Thomas, and the Juilliard String Quartet; and has appeared with Curtis on Tour. A champion of new music, Ms. Hainen was featured in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s world premiere of Nu Shu: Secret Songs of Women by Tan Dun, and has performed the work on four continents.
Ms. Hainen can be heard on her debut recording of 19th-century romantic solo works on the Naxos label and on a series of recordings by Lyon & Healy’s Egan label. As the founding director of the Lyra Society, an organization to promote new works for the harp and educate young harpists, she has provided educational outreach to hundreds of school children in urban Philadelphia.
Ms. Hainen teaches at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University and joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2005. She leads the Elizabeth Hainen Harp Colony as part of Curtis Summerfest 2016.
Nancy Lendrim is principal harp of the Toledo Symphony, where she holds the Lois Nitschke Chair for Harp. She received degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with renowned harpist Alice Chalifoux. In addition, she spent twelve summers studying with Alice Chalifoux at the Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden, Maine. She also studied with Jeanne Chalifoux. Along with her work with the Toledo Symphony, she has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra.Ms. Lendrim is currently on the faculty of the University of Toledo, Toledo School for the Arts; and is director of harp ensembles for the Saratoga Harp Colony. She has appeared as a performer, presenter, and clinician at both regional and national harp conferences, and in 2002 she performed at the Eighth World Harp Congress in Geneva, Switzerland as a member of both the Salzedo Harp Ensemble and the Salzedo Harp Duo. In 2008 the Salzedo Harp Duo performed at the Tenth World Harp Congress in Amsterdam.
Ms. Lendrim has recorded with the Salzedo Duo on the Azica label and with the Cleveland Orchestra on the Decca label. Her second disc with the Salzedo Duo was released in 2008. Offstage, she maintains an active roster of private students, is president of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Harp Society, and is a regular contributor and reviewer for The Harp Column magazine. She lives in Sylvania, Ohio with husband Roger Greive and sons Elliot and Oliver.