People - String Studies

String Faculty: Emily Mitchell

Emily Mitchell has earned critical acclaim as “a marvelous harpist” (The New York Times) who captivates her audiences with “playing of the utmost delicacy, beauty and subtlety.” (Records and Recording)  In the words of The Washington Post, “Mitchell commands a vivid palette of colors and uses them with imagination.”

Ms. Mitchell is acknowledged as a brilliant musician with the best sound around.  She has been heard worldwide as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician.  Repeat performances have taken her back most notably to the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Brazil, Israel, and Canada, and she continues to tour the United States.  Ms. Mitchell has been profiled on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, CNN, CNBC, Arts & Entertainment, the BBC, DRS-Swiss TV, the New York Times WQXR, Radio France, National Public Radio’s Performance Today and in People Magazine.  Most memorable performances include the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp with James Galway and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Julius Rudel conducting, being presented in concert before British Royalty both in England and at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., and also performing for First Lady Rosalynn Carter at The White House.

For ten years, Emily Mitchell was principal harpist for the incomparable Eos Orchestra working closely with many of today’s composers.  She now frequently works with the New Haven Symphony, New York City Ballet, and American Symphony Orchestras.  Two of Ms. Mitchell’s great loves are teaching and chamber music.  She teaches with the distinguished artist faculties of New York University and Purchase College, SUNY, where she has formed the NYU Harp Ensemble and the Purchase Harp Ensemble.  She has commissioned wonderful new works for both.  Ms. Mitchell performs with numerous chamber ensembles, but it is as the other half of the jubilant Legacy Duo, with flutist Margaret Swinchoski, and sharing an elegant flute and harp duo with flutist Gary Schocker, that Ms. Mitchell derives the greatest satisfaction in chamber music performance. 

Dedicated to the advancement of the harp, Ms. Mitchell serves on the Board of the American Harp Society.  She will chair the Harp Society’s 2012, 50th Anniversary Conference in New York City.  Ms. Mitchell is an active contributor to the American Harp Journal.  She is a frequent juror for major harp competitions, including the International Harp Contest in Israel, and she is often invited to teach master classes as a visiting clinician at universities and music conservatories, including the Royal College of Music, London, the Eastman School of Music, and Juilliard. 

Living a varied musical life, Emily Mitchell is also an established name in the television, motion picture, and recording studios of New York City.  She has recorded with Michael Jackson, Carly Simon, Bernadette Peters, Dawn Upshaw, Diana Krall, Audra McDonald, Natalie Cole, and Harry Connick, Jr., to name only a few.  She performed with the historic first Barbra Streisand Tour and the Gil Evans’ Orchestra with Sting at the Umbria Jazz Festival.  She performed with Ray Charles.  Presently she performs with Barry Manilow, and recently with Bette Midler on the Martha Stewart Show and The Today Show.  Ms. Mitchell can be heard playing on 70 film scores including Aladdin, Fargo, Wolf, Failure to Launch, Grey’s Anatomy, Fur, The Good Shepherd, and The Brave One.

Through her popular solo recordings for RCA Victor; Irish Harp Songs, A Celtic Christmas (The Holly and the Ivy), and Flying Dreams (featuring James Galway), Emily Mitchell is recognized as an admirer of folk music, “...a pure-voiced singer, accompanying herself on an Irish harp ...with unaffected charm and disarming simplicity.” (The New York Times)  Two new concert harp releases on the JMR label are Impromptu  “a pleasant way to give the right brain some stimulation...” (American Record Guide); and Mozart Variations “A peaceful, civilized oasis in a turbulent world.” (Amazon.com--Editorial Reviews)

A Dallas native, Ms. Mitchell is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where she was awarded the distinguished Performer’s Certificate.  She is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, London.  Her principal teachers have been Julia Herrmann Edwards, Eileen Malone, and Marisa Robles.  A frequent scholarship and competition winner in her youth, she won the coveted First Prize at the prestigious Seventh International Harp Contest in Jerusalem.