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 (David Geffen 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 as Principal Harpist with The New York Pops, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center, and regularly with 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, Ryman Auditorium, 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 the Grand Ole Opry with LeAnn Rimes, Idina Menzel, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Dan & Shay, Kelsey Ballerini, and host Jennifer Nettles. She has played harp and keyboards in numerous NY Broadway productions, including Beauty and the Beast, The King and I, On A Clear Day, Follies, Cinderella, The Pirate Queen, Wonderland, and the 2018 revival of Carousel. 

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!, My Little Pony: The Movie and the JD Salinger biopic Rebel in the Rye. Most recently, she played on the new Evanescence album, Synthesis, reuniting with her former harp student, lead singer Amy Lee. Kirsten is featured in the video 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. 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. 

Performance highlights include the World Premiere of Constantinides: Concerto for Flute & Harp at Lincoln Center (David Geffen Hall), the MET Gala with musical guest Frank Ocean, "4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé" at New York's Roseland Ballroom, with Jay Z at Carnegie Hall, benefiting United Way of NYC and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, and performing with multiple artists for Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come at Radio City Music Hall, which aired on NBC.

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, 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. 

SCHEDULE Highlights


Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I
Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), Andrew Jackson Hall, Nashville, TN
Tuesday, January 30, 7:30pm
Wednesday, January 31, 7;30pm
Thursday, February 1, 7:30pm
Friday, February 2, 8:00pm

Saturday, February 3, 2:00pm
Saturday, February 3, 8:00pm
Sunday, February 4, 1:00pm
Sunday, February 4, 6:30pm


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


New York Pops: The Best of Hollywood - Blockbuster Film Scores
Friday, March 9th, 8pm
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY


Constantinides: Concerto for Flute, Harp & Orchestra (WORLD PREMIERE)
Presented by Distinguished Concert Artists International (DCINY)
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 7pm, David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
with Kirsten Agresta Copely, Harp & Iris Derke, Flute
Jonathan Griffith, Conductor


Easter Services at Christ the King Church Nashville
Saturday, March 31st, 8pm; Sunday, April 1st: 8:30am, 11am, 2pm, 6pm
3001 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN


Alexandre Renoir: Beauty Remains - Moonlight & Magnolias Gala
Presented by Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center, Hendersonville, TN
Saturday, April 21st, 2018, 8pm
with Kirsten Agresta Copely, Harp & Jun Iwasaki, Violin

Vanderbilt Community Chorus

Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Saturday, May 5th, 8pm, Turner Recital Hall, Nashville, TN
David Binns Williams, Director


Rodgers and Hammerstein's CAROUSEL
Starring Jessie Mueller, Renée Fleming, Joshua Henry, Lindsey Mendez
Imperial Theater, 249 W. 45th St., New York, NY

Tuesday, July 10th, 7:00pm
Wednesday, July 11th, 2:00 & 8:00pm
Thursday, July 12th, 7:00pm
Friday, July 13th, 8:00pm
Sunday, July 15th, 3:00pm

Thursday, September 13th, 7:00pm
Friday, September 14th, 8:00pm
Saturday, September 15th, 2:00 & 8:00pm


July 4th with the Nashville Symphony
Wednesday, July 4th, 8:00pm
Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville, TN


Mostly Mozart Festival
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Louis Langreé, Conductor

Leonord Bernstein: Mass
Tuesday, July 17th, 7:30pm
Wednesday, July 18th, 7:30pm

Leonard Bernstein: Americans In Paris
Tuesday, July 24th, 7:30pm
Wednesday, July 25th, 7:30pm

Joshua Bell Plays Bruch
Tuesday, July 31st, 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 1st, 7:30pm

Adams, Mozart, Beethoven
Tuesday, August 7th 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 8th 7:30pm


Evanescence with Lindsey Stirling
Saturday, August 11th, 7:00pm
Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY


Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concerts: Music from the Studio Ghibli Films and Hayao Miyazaki
Friday, November 2nd, 8pm and Saturday, November 3rd, 6pm
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Lunch Time at Plaza Mariachi
Thursday, November 15th; December 6th; December 20th, 12pm-1pm
3955 Nolensville Rd, Nashville, TN

Afternoon Tea at The St. Regis New York
Friday, December 14; Saturday, December 15; Sunday, December 16, 3:00-5:00pm
2 E. 55th Street, New York, NY

weddings & Special 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 in Nashville, TN 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.

To purchase Kirsten's solo harp arrangements, click here

...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.