Violetta Maria Norrie

About: Violetta Maria Norrie

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Why do you teach? I teach because I love passing on all that I have learned from my teachers and mentors. It is always fascinating to watch my students discover their own abilities and curiosities with the instrument. The uniqueness of the harp with the discipline, emotional intelligence, and joy the study of music can give to a person, as children and adults, makes teaching so rewarding. I am constantly learning from my students' unique perspectives. 

Teaching Biography: Violetta completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Susan Jolles. She spent a year studying abroad at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Isabelle Moretti and Sivan Magen and has studied privately with Frances Duffy and Emmanuel Ceysson. Violetta co-founded the MetroHarp Young Artists Alliance and served as its membership secretary. She has been teaching privately for a number of years with students from the age of four to seventy. Her approach emphasizes a strong technical foundation, deep musical comprehension, and each student’s individual relationship with the harp.

Performance Bio: Violetta began playing the harp at the age of 6, after falling in love with the instrument at a Renaissance Faire. Since then she has performed orchestral, solo, and chamber music at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Recital Hall and Symphony Space. She performs as a member of a number of ensembles throughout the New York tri-state area including the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Opera Theatre of Montclair, and Danse Theatre Surreality.  Violetta has been featured on The Today Show on NBC, MTV's Silent Library, and the Harmony ad campaign for Emirates Airlines. In addition to her classical repertoire, Violetta is interested in contemporary music, jazz, poetry, performance art, and improvisation. She regularly performs experimental music and improvisations as a solo artist and as a member of DUO for Saxophone and Harp.