CONSTANCE KOO is a harpist trained as an orchestral, chamber, and solo artist. As a recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, she is now based in her native San Francisco Bay Area.
Constance performs with a wide variety of ensembles throughout Northern California including the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, the California Symphony, and is harpist for the vibrant chamber ensemble Trio Organica. 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 California ensembles. 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 ensemble performance, she is frequently invited to perform in private engagements and is passionate about sharing her music with the community, playing in venues such as church, schools, 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 grammy-nominated solo and recording artist Yolanda Kondonassis at the Cleveland Institute of Music and is a former pupil of Agnes Lee, San Francisco Symphony's Douglas Rioth, and world-renowned harpist Judy Loman of Toronto, Canada.