Kate Loughrey

B.M., M.M., F.R.S.M.

A dynamic and engaging performer, Kate is known for her versatility playing classical, jazz, pop, and folk music as well as her own arrangements and compositions. As a soloist, she has been recognized both nationally and internationally for her playing and is in demand as a concert artist. Notable honors have included placing as a finalist twice in the American Harp Society Foundation Awards national competition; placing as a semi-finalist in the National Alliance for Excellence in Performing Arts competition; and being selected to perform for the Beverly Hills Consortium concert series, the Museum of Making Music's "Harps in the City" concert series, the World Harp Congress, and the Camac International Harp Festival.


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Kate has toured throughout Asia, Europe, and the U.S. as a soloist, with the Sprezzatura Duo, and with the internationally acclaimed ensemble HarpFusion. She has also recorded two albums with HarpFusion, 25th Anniversary Spectacular and Harps On Tour, the latter of which features her transcription of the Boieldieu Concerto in C for 14 harps and orchestra. Her first solo album, Dawn to Dusk, features two of her original arrangements as well as classical and jazz standards for solo harp. She can also be heard on the soundtracks for several television shows, most recently Fargo on the FX Network and Togetherness on HBO.


 

Kate is also a member of The Sprezzatura Duo with fellow harpist Anastasia Pike. "Sprezzatura" means "the art of making something difficult look effortless." The duo demonstrates the art of "sprezzatura" in their fun, creative, and entertaining concert programs that appeal to audiences of all ages. Recently, Kate and Anna commissioned a new piece for harps, cello, and steel drums by South African composer Caleb Vaughn-Jones. The piece, titled Peyi-a Chanje (Our Country is Changing), will be premiered at the 2016 American Harp Society National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

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In addition to performing, Kate enjoys teaching both folk harp and concert harp to students of all ages at her private studios in Altadena and Carlsbad. In 2013, she partnered with the Museum of Making Music to develop and teach a beginning group harp class for elementary and middle school students at the Carlsbad and Bressi Ranch Boys & Girls Clubs. This course was part of the Museum's year-long exhibit of harps and harpists from around the world, and was featured on KUSI's morning news program "Good Morning San Diego" and in the San Diego Union Tribune.


Kate is a member of the American Harp Society, the World Harp Congress, and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) and has also served as Vice-President for the Orange County and San Diego Chapters of the American Harp Society. She holds a Master of Music in Harp Performance from the Peabody Conservatory with additional coursework in music history at the Thornton School of Music. Kate has also studied at l'Ecole Normale de Musique d'Alfred Cortot in Paris and is a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music in London (FRSM), completing the ABRSM syllabus with distinction.