Angela Schwarzkopf weaves storytelling and lyricism into the ringing strings of her harp. She will start the program with selections from her JUNO award-winning 2020 classical music album detach, including Kevin Lau’s Castles in the Sand. Schwarzkopf will be joined by the silvery murmurs of flautist Kaili Maimets, with whom she forms The Topaz Duo. They will play selections from their recently released album, lumena.
K. Lau, Castles in the Sand (2013)
K. Lau, Little Feng Huang (2020)
… and more!
About Angela Schwarzkopf
JUNO award-winning harpist Angela Schwarzkopf performs throughout North America as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and with many top chamber music, choral and orchestral organizations. The first harpist to receive a Doctorate of Music in harp performance in Canada, she now teaches at the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School and McMaster University. Outside of her university teaching, Schwarzkopf maintains a thriving studio of private students in Toronto and is a newly appointed harp examiner with the Royal Conservatory College of Examiners. She is the second Vice President and Director-at-Large for the American Harp Society and a contributor to the international publications Harp Column and the American Harp Journal. As an advocate for new music, she has worked on commissioning projects with many prominent composers. Most recently, Angela released her album, detach, full of new Canadian music which won the 2020 JUNO award for Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber.
About The Topaz Duo
Angela Schwarzkopf and Kaili Maimets began playing as a duet in 2008 during their studies at the University of Toronto. They officially formed the Topaz Duo in 2010 and have performed throughout Ontario. Schwarzkopf and Maimets bring a commitment to a professional level of musical interpretation and a varied repertoire. They are currently curating repertoire by living composers, focusing on bringing new arrangements to underrepresented works. They commission new works for the flute and harp canon, emphasizing Canadian content. Recent performances include the Mississauga Chamber Music Society and the McMaster University Faculty Concert series.