Principal Harp, Bertha Boynton Bean Chair
Katherine Siochi is an internationally award-winning harp soloist and newly appointed principal harp of the Minnesota Orchestra. She will begin her new role at the end of December 2022, performing in the Orchestra’s New Year’s concerts. She serves as principal harp of the Kansas City Symphony—a role she’s held since 2019—and previously was principal harp of the Sarasota Orchestra from 2017-2019.
Siochi is the 2016 gold medalist of the USA International Harp Competition, one of the world's most prestigious harp contests. She has given solo concerts in Hong Kong, China, Israel, and at Lyon & Healy Hall in Chicago. In 2021 she released her debut solo album Nocturne on Lyon & Healy Records, which includes several of her own piano transcriptions. Audiences worldwide have commended Siochi not only for her virtuosity, but especially for her poetic interpretations, sensitive musicianship and innate sense of timing.
As an orchestral musician Siochi has performed guest principal harp with Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and second harp with the New York Philharmonic. In a recent concert review of Tchaikovsky ballet suites with CSO, Chicago Sun-Times praised her cadenzas as “graceful and transporting.” She has spent her summers as guest principal harp at various festivals including Classical Tahoe, Colorado Music Festival and as a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center and Aspen Music Festival.
Siochi began her musical training with the piano when she was five years old, and started learning the harp at age nine. As a student of New York Philharmonic principal harpist Nancy Allen, she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in harp performance from the Juilliard School. In addition to the harp, she studied secondary piano at Juilliard during her undergraduate years. Siochi grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, where she studied with Pamela Weest-Carrasco.