Elizabeth Richter has enjoyed a distinguished career as both a performer and teacher. Formerly principal harpist with the Kansas City Philharmonic and the Kansas City Lyric Opera, she has performed as concerto soloist with many orchestras, including the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra in a performance of her edition of Carlos Salzedo’s previously unpublished concerto, The Enchanted Isle. Conductors with whom she has worked include Sir Colin Davis, Maurice Abravanel, Gerard Schwarz, Maxim Shostakovich and Raymond Leppard. She has performed with renowned artists including Janos Starker, Gary Karr and Pinchas Zukerman, with whom she played a duet encore following a performance with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Her critically acclaimed CD of solo harp music, Looking Glass River, was released on the Beneficence label and includes the premiere CD recordings of the Dello Joio Bagatelles and the harp transcription of the Bach Chaconne. Montage: Four Centuries of Music for Flute and Harp, with flutist Sandra Lunte, was released on the Centaur label. Ms. Richter also can be heard on recordings with cellist Mihai Tetel and with Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Jackie Allen.
An enthusiastic player of chamber music, she is a member of the Hibiki Trio, the resident flute, viola and harp trio at Ball State University. Ms. Richter has appeared in recital in the United States and Europe and has been heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. She has performed at many regional and national harp conferences, and was a featured concerto soloist at the 2004 American Harp Society National Conference. She is a past winner of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission.
She received a diploma in piano from the Eastman School of Music Preparatory Department and earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in harp performance from Boston University College of Fine Arts, where she was a student of legendary teacher Lucile Lawrence. She pursued further musical studies at the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, and the Salzedo Harp School in Camden, Maine.
Elizabeth Richter is widely recognized as an inspiring teacher and mentor. Professor of Harp at Ball State University since 1982, in 2001 she received the Ball State University College of Fine Arts Dean’s Teaching Award, given “in recognition of her superior teaching and dedication to student development.” Her students have been prize-winners in numerous national, regional and local competitions and auditions, and have established successful careers as soloists, orchestral harpists, and teachers in the United States and in Europe and Asia. She has conducted master classes at Tanglewood, the Royal Academy of Music in London and at many American universities and harp festivals, and is a frequent judge at competitions, including the American Harp Society National Competition. She formerly served as First Vice-President of the American Harp Society and as a member of the Board of Directors and Vice-President of the American Harp Society Foundation. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the American Harp Journal.