Australian-American harpist Emily Granger has firmly established herself in the Australian concert scene, with a busy schedule as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician.
Emily has performed recitals at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Centre and UKARIA Cultural Centre. She was appointed as Principal Harp with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2023 and has appeared as Guest Principal Harpist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Opera Australia Orchestras.
Her debut solo album, In Transit (AVIE Records), was Featured Album on ABC Classic, reached #2 on the ARIA Classical Chart, and has had over 2.5 million streams to date. BBC Music Magazine praised the album as “beautiful” and Limelight Magazine as “an impressive debut.” Emily was a Finalist in the 2021 Art Music Awards for Performance of the Year for her interpretation of Ross Edwards’ solo, The Harp and The Moon and a finalist in the 2022 Freedman Classical Fellowship.
Recent appearances include concerts with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Sydney Dance Company, Ensemble Q, Ensemble Offspring, Omega Ensemble, Nexas Quartet, Flinders Quartet, Music in the Regions and Musica Viva tours, Orange Chamber Music Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, and concerto appearances with Brisbane Philharmonic and Orange Symphony Orchestra.
Emily grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, where she began playing the harp at age 11. She participated in the Youth Symphony of Kansas City and spent many summers at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. She earned her Bachelor of Music from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with famed pedagogue Susann McDonald and her Master of Music from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts studying with Principal Harp of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Bullen. Granger later served as the Principal Harp of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and National Orchestral Institute.
Emily is represented by Tier 1 Arts.