kirsten agresta copelY

Kirsten is not only one of the greatest virtuoso harpists in the world, but also one of the most versatile performers of this complex musical instrument...
— El Comercio, Lima, Peru

Kirsten Agresta Copely


 KIRSTEN AGRESTA COPELY has charmed audiences internationally since she began study of the harp at the age of five. By the time she was fourteen, she was soloist on a full tour of the British Isles and has since performed extensively as a solo artist throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Israel, Japan, and the South Pacific. Known for her passionate performances and versatility, Kirsten commands a wide range of genres from classical to hip hop. She has been awarded top international and national honors, including the Bronze Medal in the prestigious 1989 USA International Harp Competition. Kirsten debuted as concerto soloist at Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher Hall) and Carnegie Hall, where she has also performed numerous solo recitals. She has soloed internationally in esteemed venues including: National Concert Hall in Dublin, Auditorio Santa Úrsula in Lima, Peru, and MuziekGebouwaan'tij Concert Hall in Amsterdam. Kirsten performs regularly with the New York Pops, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony.

Following a feature in People Magazine, she was presented on segments of NBC, CBS, and ABC-TV and later made appearances on MTV, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Live with Kelly & Michael, The CBS Early Show, and The Today Show. In Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Hollywood Bowl, and the outdoor concert venues of Live8 and Lollapalooza, Kirsten has played alongside Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Enya, Michael Bublé, k.d. Lang, Andrea Bocelli, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Declan O'Rourke, Adam Levine, John Legend, and The Roots. Kirsten is also seen on the 2014 and 2015 CMA Country Christmas shows on ABC-TV, playing with LeAnn Rimes, Idina Menzel, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Dan & Shay, Lindsey Stirling, and host Jennifer Nettles.

In the studio, Kirsten was featured on Erykah Badu's album, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh ("Incense") and can be heard on numerous albums with artists such as Lionel Richie, Alison Krauss, Bonobo, Norwegian soprano Sissel, and Jamie Lidell. She has played on video game, TV and movie soundtracks, including Outlander (Season 3), Star Wars: The Old RepublicNight at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianThe Tempest, Sex and the City 2, Disney's The Music of Pixar Live!, the soon-to-be-released My Little Pony: The Movie and the JD Salinger biopic Rebel in the Rye. Most recently, she played on the upcoming new Evanescence album, Synthesis, reuniting with her former harp student, lead singer Amy Lee. Kirsten is featured in the documentary Behind Synthesis, Episode 3.

Kirsten has also privately performed for notable officials and dignitaries including: Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and former Vice President Al Gore.

Performance highlights include the 2014 MET Gala with Frank Ocean, "4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé" at New York's Roseland Ballroom , and with Jay Z at Carnegie Hall, benefiting United Way of NYC and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. In 2010, Kirsten had the great privilege of performing with Beyoncé for President & Mrs. Obama at the second official White House State Dinner, honoring Mexican President Felipe Calderón. 

Recent notable performances include the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, and performing for Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come at Radio City Music Hall, which aired on NBC in December, 2016.

KIRSTEN AGRESTA COPELY studied with Nancy Allen at The Juilliard School and Distinguished Professor Susann McDonald at Indiana University. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University, where she was awarded the Performer’s Certificate for outstanding musical performance and also served as Associate Instructor of the Harp Department from 1991-93. She is Adjunct Associate Professor of Harp at Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music in Nashville, TN, a former Affiliated Artist at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, and teaches private harp & piano lessons from her studio in Nashville, TN and NYC. Kirsten is a member of the World Harp Congress Board of Directors, Vice President of the American Harp Society Nashville Chapter, a Voting Member of the Grammy Recording Academy (NARAS), and a member of ASCAP and American String Teachers Organization (ASTA). 



Secrets of Buddhist Art: Tibet, Japan, and Korea 
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Ingram Gallery
Thursday, February 9th, 6pm in the Grand Lobby
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN 


Valentine's Day at Flyte World Dining and Wine ❤
Tuesday, February 14th, 6-10pm in the Lounge
718 Division St, Nashville, TN

Featured in Nashville Ledger:


Valentine's Weekend with Declan O'Rourke 
February 17-19th, 8pm, Irish Arts Center, New York, NY
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Life is a Cabaret: The Songs of Kander and Ebb
The New York Pops
Friday, March 10th, 8pm, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Caissie Levy and Tony Yazbeck, Guest Artists
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Ballet at the Schermerhorn: Romeo & Juliet
Featuring The Nashville Symphony and Nashville Ballet
Friday, March 24th, 8pm, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN
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Reach for the Stars: A Sensory Friendly Concert
The Nashville Symphony
Saturday, March 25th, 3pm, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN
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Rodney Crowell 
Lightning 100 Nashville Sunday Night
Sunday, April 16th, 8pm (6pm doors), 3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN
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The Steeldrivers & Friends: Celebrating 150 Years of St. Bernard Academy 
with Guest Artist Rodney Crowell
Tuesday, April 18th, 7:30pm, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
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The New York Botanical Garden Chihuly Exhibit 
Bank of America Private Event
Thursday, April 20th, 6:30-9:00pm, Bronx, NY


You've Got A Friend: A Celebration of Singers and Songwriters 
The New York Pops
Friday, April 21st, 8pm, Carnegie Hall, NY, NY
Will Chase, Jessie Mueller, and Adrienne Warren, Guest Artists
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The New York Pops Birthday Gala 
Monday, May 1st, 7pm, Carnegie Hall, NY, NY
Music Honorees: Kelli O’Hara and Bartlett Sher
Guest Artists: Matthew Broderick, Jason Robert Brown, Danny Burstein, Brian d’Arcy James, Adam Kantor, Ruthie Ann Miles, Laura Osnes, Steven Pasquale, Chris Sullivan, and Paulo Szot, and more.


GAMCO Private Event  
The MET Museum, Engelhard Court, NY, NY
Thursday, May 18th, 6:00-8:00pm


Mostly Mozart Festival 
Louis Langrée, conductor
Sō Percussion
Monday, August 1st and Tuesday, August 2nd, 7:30pm, David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, NY, NY

David Lang: man made (New York Premiere)


WPLN "Radio Fest" A Day of Live Classical Music         91.1 Classical/ NPR Nashville   
Early Music City Ensemble
Friday, September 9th, 4pm airing


That's Entertainment: From Skitch to Steven
The New York Pops
Friday, October 27, 8pm, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Matt Doyle and Ali Ewoldt, Guest Artists
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Evanescence Synthesis

Evanescence: Synthesis Tour
Friday, November 10, 8pm, King's Theatre, Brooklyn, NY

*Kirsten can also be heard on the Synthesis album. Pre order here


Women of Notes: In Dedication to Female Composers and Lyricists
The New York Pops
Friday, November 17, 8pm, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe, Guest Artists
With special appearances by Sara Bareilles and Shaina Taub


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
The New York Pops
Friday, December 15, 8pm and Saturday, December 16, 8pm        Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Megan Hilty, Guest Artist

Tickets and info


weddings / private events

With vast experience performing for hundreds of weddings, private parties, corporate events and galas, Kirsten will craft music selections to create the perfect ambiance for your event.


Kirsten performs acoustically or amplified with solo harp, a duo, trio, or other ensembles including violin, cello, flute or voice. Classically trained, yet extremely versatile, Kirsten offers a wide variety of genres - everything from Bach to The Beatles and Beyoncé! Feel free to request a song.


Kirsten has performed for celebrity weddings (Carmelo Anthony & La La Vasquez, The Today Show Throws A Wedding), dignitaries and notable guests including President Barack Obama, and has been a featured performer at the US Open Tennis Championships, The MET Gala, events sponsored by Vogue, Victoria's Secret, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Kiki di Montparnasse and many more.


Kirsten is a fantastic musician. Extremely versatile, with a very open mind, I’ve had the privilege to work with her on stage (Jay-Z) as well as in the studio (Erykah Badu). She’s an absolute pleasure to work with!
— James Poyser, The Roots (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon)


Beyond being a teacher, Kirsten is an inspiration both professionally and personally.
— Alison, Sarah Lawrence College

        Private Teaching Studio

        Harp & Piano Lessons


Kirsten Agresta Copely is the Adjunct Associate Professor of Harp at Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music and has been teaching privately for over 25 years. She was formerly an Affiliated Artist at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. Kirsten also maintains a private teaching studio in Nashville and New York City, offering both harp and piano lessons. Skype lessons are also available.

Kirsten offers competition and audition coaching for students preparing regional, national, and international competition or orchestral repertoire.

...Kirsten manages a productive balance of encouraging and challenging pedagogy. It is a delight to study with her!
— Rebecca, Private Student



New York, NY/Nashville, TN

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Dream World

by Kirsten Agresta

A classical collection of beautiful melodies and lulling rhythms. The selections are relaxing, stress relieving, and nurturing for children and adults alike.