HARPIST CONSTANCE KOO is a professional and recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Now based in her native San Francisco Bay Area, Constance continues her music career at home and abroad.
At home, Constance performs with a variety of ensembles including the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Symphony Silicon Valley and currently collaborates with fellow artists in chamber concerts and recitals. Before her studies in Cleveland, Constance was principal harpist for the Kensington Symphony and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in addition to various other ensembles in Northern California. She continued her orchestral playing throughout the Midwest during her conservatory studies with the Youngstown Symphony, Cleveland and Erie Philharmonics, and Richmond (IN) Symphony. In addition to ensembles, she is frequently invited to perform in private engagements and is an active figure in her community performing in church, hospitals, and even Whole Foods Market!
Constance has been a featured artist on American Public Radio and the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. She is a 2011 and 2009 recipient of the Alice Chalifoux prize in harp and the 2005 recipient of the Fannie Kopald Stein Memorial Award in music. In the past several summers, Constance has performed in music festivals throughout the United States including the Roundtop International Festival (TX), Pierre Monteux School (ME), and the National Orchestral Institute (MD). She trained under solo and recording artist Yolanda Kondonassis at the Cleveland Institute of Music and is a privileged former pupil of Agnes Lee, San Francisco Symphony's Douglas Rioth, and world-renowned harpist Judy Loman in Toronto, Canada.