About Me

Rosanna began her musical journey at the age of eight. Classically trained on piano, she become fascinated with string instruments and have received training on guzheng (Chinese harp), and later, Celtic harp and pedal harp.

Graduated from New England Conservatory(Boston, Massachusetts) in harp performance, Rosanna received training from Ina Zdorovetchi (harp) and David Zoffer (jazz). She won awards including the Gold Medal of Royal Conservatory of Music (harp), and scholarship for Féis Seattle (Gaelic music and harp). She studied privately with Elizabeth Volpé Bligh, Principal Harpist with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She studied privately with Judy Loman, Gianetta Baril, Cynthia Price-Glynn, Cristina Braga, Sharlene Wallace and Alys Howe.

Besides being a solo harpist, Rosanna works with local orchestras including West Coast Symphony, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Island Symphony, Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Vancouver Oratorio Society, Vancouver Bach Choir and Vivaldi Chamber Choir. She has performed at venues such as the Orpheum, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and Christ Church Cathedral.

In her spare time, Rosanna enjoys making harp arrangements and exploring different music textures on harp both acoustically and with synthesizers.  She is an active member with the American Harp Society and collaborate regularly with the composition department of the Vancouver Academy of Music. Her upcoming project is to develop composer workshops to promote compositions of new harp music.  She is also a Certified therapeutic musician and is passionate about therapeutic music that enhances the healing atmosphere in medical settings.

“I have always been fascinated by the harp, from its elegant shape to the versatile sound it produces. Every pluck, release, and muffling of the string contributes to an unique tone quality and texture. Harp allows the instrumentalist to interact with it directly and offers endless possibilities to produce sound. It is invigorating to be close to the strings and soundboard, as it allows me to feel the vibrations and be connected with my harp. It is my dream to be able to express freely with harp, to interpret music with different characters, and ultimately, to touch my listeners.” 
Rosanna’s musical statement, June 2012

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