Arranger; Performer; Producer
Classical; New Age
May 6, 2021
Denise Fink, Professional Harpist/Teacher is the founding member of Harp to Harp (1994-Present) and President of the Harp to Harp Foundation. She operates a private studio (in-person and online), and the holds the position of Harp Instructor at Drury University, the College of the Ozarks and Missouri State University (Bolivar, Missouri). She also held the position as the founder/faculty of the harp department at the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, Ohio (1991-2005).
Denise Fink has performed as Principal Harpist under the Batons of Pierre Boulez, Louis Lane, Dr. William Kraft of the Los Angeles Symphony, Stephen Sulich Joseph Guinta, and Evan Wallon, Jeffery Macomber, Christopher Koch. She has also performed for the Cleveland Suburban Symphony, Soloist for the Stars in the Wings (Cleveland Orchestra), The Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony and The Ohio Light Opera Company. She currently is principal harpist for The Heartland Opera Company, The Southern Missouri Symphony, The Springfield Opera Company and the Missouri Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a young student in 1974, she began her harp studies with Ms, Mary Beckham at the age of 8 years old. Denise continued her studies with Ms. Beckman at the University of Northern Iowa; receiving a Bachelor of Music Degree in Harp Performance. She continued her graduate studies under Grammy® winner Alice Chalifoux. After two Summers at the Salzedo Harp Colony, Camden, Maine, and at the Cleveland Institute of Music, she received a Master of Music Degree and Professional Studies Diploma in Harp Performance.
Both of her teachers were students of the legendary Carlos Salzedo who, with his colleague, Marcel Grandjany, reformed and brought the harp technique to America from the Paris Conservatory. Because of their compositions and transcriptions to feature the harp, their vision and technique have been the foundation for harp students taught today.
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